Tenali Tales: Raman outsmarts a cheat

Once upon a time, Raman set out on a long journey. In those days, one had to walk through the jungle to get to another city. On the way, another traveler joined Raman. “This place is infested with thieves. I am afraid they will rob me. Can I travel with…
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Tenali Tales: Raman the horse trainer

An Arab brought a shipload of horses from Persia. Many in the court of king Krishnadevaraya bought the horses from the Arab. Raman maintained that Vijayanagara’s horses were superior to the horses from Arabia. The ministers who bought the Arabian horses challenged Raman to prove this point in a horse race.…
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Tenali Tales: Raman and the cat

The intelligence of animals was being discussed in the court of king Krishnadevaraya. “Cats are most intelligent,” said one minister. Others in the court agreed with the minister. They started describing how clever their own cats were. Each one claimed his own cat was the smartest. The king wanted to…
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Tenali Tales: Raman, the thief catcher

The kotwal (chief of police) of Vijayanagara was a worried man. A gang of thieves had entered the city, and a string of robberies had already taken place. The kotwal’s men could not lay their hands on the culprits. King Krishnadeva Raya was upset with the kotwal for failing to nab the thieves. The kotwal sought Raman’s help,…
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Tenali Tales: Battle of wits

A great pundit came to Vijayanagara. He had mastered all the scriptures, and had won the admiration of learned men all over India. He had come to challenge the pundits in the court of King Krishnadeva Raya to face him in a debate. The scholars in Vijayanagara were reluctant to…
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Tenali Tales: Face-saving formula

Krishnadeva Raya, the king of Vijayanagara, had ordered Tenali Raman to not show his face. Raman was waiting for an opportunity to win over the king.  One morning, Raman was surprised to see a tall, fat man being carried on a chair by four short and stout men. The procession…
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Tenali Raman and the weight lifter

Tenali Raman and his wife were on their way to Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagara. On the way, they passed through a village at the foot of a hill. The villagers had gathered in front of the village temple. Raman’s wife became curious and dragged her husband to the spot.…
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Raman’s cure for hunchback

Raman, who was to be executed by the guards, had outwitted them and managed to survive. The guards took him back to the king for further instructions. King Krishna Deva Raya was annoyed to see Raman again. “He seems to be too clever. Do one thing,” said the king to…
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Tenali Raman outwits the guards

Tenali Raman went to Krishna Deva Raya, the king of Vijayanagar, hoping to receive some gifts. The gift he got was a hundred lashes for approaching the king without an appointment! Raman passed on the ‘gift’ to the two guards who had demanded half of the ‘gift’ he was going…
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Tenali Tales: Reward & Punishment

Tenali Raman came to Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagara empire. At that time, Vijayanagara was ruled by Krishna Deva Raya. Raman asked his wife to wait for him in a temple. “I’ll go to the palace and meet the king. He is a generous man. He may give me some…
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