Stories of Vikramaditya
- V. A. K. Aiyar
- Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Stories of Vikramaditya - Simhasana Dwatrimsika - V. A. K. Aiyar
The Stories of Vikramaditya are among the oldest collection of folk tales centering around the personality of King Vikramaditya of Ujjain/India. First written in Sanskrit, a number of slightly differing versions are extant in all the najor languages of India. The stories are most interesting. The original authorship of these stories is unknown, even as their date:but they are genrally believed to have originated during the period 11th to 13th centuries. The present author has retold them in English for the modern man. The main purpose of these stories is to illustrate the generous deeds of a model king and emphazize moral lessons. In this light they are didactic, but in their ingeniousplots, dramatic situation, portrayal of real life and correct appraisal of human character, they are superb. As the reader can easily notice, human nature has not changed a while even after a thousan years.