Beastly Tales from Here and There is a 1992 collection of ten fables in poetry written by Vikram Seth. In the introduction, Seth states,"The first two come from India, the next two from China, the next two from Greece, the next two from the Ukraine. The final two came directly to me from the Land of Gup."

Beastly Tales from Here and There
First Indian edition (publ Viking)
AuthorVikram Seth
Publication date
January 1, 1992
ISBN978-0-7538-1034-7 UK edition

Seth's sense of humour is exemplified by his retelling of the well-known fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. In his version, the loser, being a celebrity, is feted and the winner ignored.


  1. The Crocodile and the Monkey
  2. The Louse and the Mosquito
  3. The Mouse and the Snake
  4. The Rat and the Ox
  5. The Eagle and the Beetle
  6. The Hare and the Tortoise
  7. The Cat and the Cock
  8. The Goat and the Ram
  9. The Frog and the Nightingale
  10. The Elephant and the Tragopan



Poems from the book have been performed by Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak, Heeba Shah, and Kenneth Desai.[1]


  1. ^ Snigdha Hasan (28 June 2017). "Veteran actors bring Vikram Seth's poetry about animal kingdom to life". Mid-Day. Retrieved 20 November 2019.