Netra, Dev and I were given an assignment to survey middle school students of Step by Step
school to ask them if they knew any Panchatantra story. We complied the following data:
130 of the students out of the total 150 knew at least one story but sadly another 20 didn’t
We feel that they must have heard or read them at least one, in their lives but forgotten them.
These stories which are filled with humor, adventure, mystery and is enriched with the
elements of our culture. These stories of the Panchatantra are ingrained in our roots and
culture and children are brought up reading or listening to them, Panchatantra teach us morals,
good habits and life lessons to preserve in our heart. They have touched people’s hearts and
made them laugh out loud. Panchatantra stories have lasted decades, centuries and years and
it is our job to keep them safe not in our minds but in our hearts.
The next part of the assignment was to survey which story they knew best. The group got
numerous stories and here are the ones most popularly known by SBS middle school students:
So, which are your favourites? There are 84 and their many adaptations to choose from!