The Owl and the Crow

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Tale of Panchatantra

Nivedita Yohana

The birds of the jungle gathered for a meeting to discuss an important point. All birds, except the crows, showed up.

The birds wanted to choose a new king as their present king, Garuda, was too busy and did nothing to protect them.
After some thought, the birds agreed that the owl can see at night and should be made the king.

On the day of the coronation, a crow came and questioned the birds why they chose the owl as their king. On hearing the argument, the crow pointed out the flaws in the owl saying that they are blind during the day and suggested that eagle should remain the king.

The coronation was canceled and the owl, who was disappointed, declared that owls and crows shall never be friends. The crow repented giving unsolicited advice and flew away.

Moral of the story: Do not offer counsel unless asked for. The animals also lost a potential good leader by focusing on one flaw rather than considering all the good qualities of the owl.
  • Chowdhury, R., Vishnusharma, & Roy, N.S. (2017). Panchatantra. Gurgaon: Penguin Books India.
  • Das, V., & Joshi, J. (2002). The Jataka tales. New Delhi: Madhuban.
  • Hitopadesha: An ancient, fabled classic. (2002). Bombay: Jaico Pub. House.

Source picture: The Owl and the Crow

Nivedita Yohana

I Since early on I had the affinity to learn more about what lies beyond our mundane existence and that made me pursue my studies in that field. Even though my study is in the field of English Literature, I have always inculcated philosophical insights into my analysis. Quest for Wisdom Foundation is a great initiative by Dr. Heidi and when I first heard about it, I immediately saw amazing potentials in it.

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