Defying predictions

Defying predictions

Tenali Rama is one of the great legendary jesters of India, and stories about his exposing corruption, lies and nonsense abound.  He even exposed the king himself in one account. An enemy of the king bribed his astrologer to dissuade him from a military campaign by...
In real time

In real time

This short story regarding the Indian folk fool Tenali Rama illustrates perfectly the literalness of the fool, which you might have encountered in children, perhaps with occasional exasperation.  I shared this during a talk to a group which included professional...
Moote Ram the Dwarf

Moote Ram the Dwarf

A curious drawing, from the late 18th century, of a named dwarf dancing in the presence of a pair of Indian soldiers (‘sepoys’ in the title of the sketch).  I stumbled across this in the same search that yielded a 17th century Dutch painting of a dancing...

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