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Kind Sister

I have learned that no matter what world you find yourself in, whether you are on earth or in the underworld, you must be kind. Not for your own sake, but for the sake of other creatures. Oh, I do not think for a moment that one creature is lower than another! A cow...

Lion Minister

For years I have been the favorite of the king. I know all sorts of concealed and secret things. The king has recently brought twelve huntsmen into his service. He doesn’t know that they are girls, but I do. When I tell him, the king doesn’t believe me, so...

Red Mountain

If you wonder why I am red, ask one of the villagers who live perched on my cliffs. Those good people will tell you that my color comes from the hue of the princess, whose beauty shines through seven veils and through my walls. No one has ever beheld her face. She...

Returning Husband

The old man at the well had given me some words of advice. I didn’t comprehend their value at the time, but I am very glad that I remembered them in the heat of the moment. When I came home from my journey, I saw my wife out in the garden with another man. I was...

Monkey Brother

When we meet in the trees, my brother tells me that Subbar Khan is dying. Terrible news, since he is our protector! “No man knows why he is dying,” says my brother. “But the birds know that he was poisoned by the glass that Kupti, the king’s...