The Mouse Merchant
Money in Ancient India
(Hardcover)

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The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India, by Arshia Sattar, is a book that discusses the story of Indian business in the ancient days. Summary of the Book The stories in The Mouse Merchant chosen from several Sanskrit works, from the Rig-Vedic times to the twelfth century, tell us how money was dealt with in everyday life in ancient and medieval India. At the core of all these tales is the merchant. Sometimes naive, sometimes covetous, sometimes ingenious, sometimes mindless, and hopelessly in love with courtesans but also loyal to their wives, our merchant heroes show how innovation in business is more important than capital most of the time. These tales, in the context of Indian business history, offer not only rare understandings into the romance of the ancient seafaring life but also great wisdom about money in those times. About Arshia Sattar Arshia Sattar is an Indian author, translator, director and facilitator. She has a doctorate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her acclaimed English translations of Valmiki’s Ramayana and the Kathasaritsagara are Penguin Classics. Sattar's chief areas of interest are Indian epics, mythology and the story traditions of the subcontinent.

Even in ancient India, money is always a good thing and everyone wants it. The stories in The Mouse Merchant selected from the Sanskrit universe, from the period of the late Rig Veda to the twelfth century tell us how money was dealt with in everyday life in ancient and medieval Indian society. At the heart of these tales is the merchant. Sometimes gullible, sometimes greedy, ingenious at some moments, dim-witted at others and hopelessly in love with courtesans but also loyal to their wives, our merchant heroes show how innovation in business is sometimes more important than capital. The Mouse Merchant puts these stories into the context of Indian business history, giving not only rare insights into the romance of the ancient sea faring life but also great wisdom about money.

Selling Points

  • An enjoyable and insightful collection of stories about what people in ancient India thought of money.
  • The stories are set in classical times but the issues they deal with ethics and pleasure are fully contemporary.
  • The author Arshia Sattar's translation of the Ramayana is a critically acclaimed bestseller.

AuthorArshia Sattar
BindingHardcover
EAN9780670085064
Edition2013
ISBN0670085065
Height539 mm
Length807 mm
Width79 mm
Weight132 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages224
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2013-11
PublisherPenguin India
StudioPenguin India
Sales Rank169908

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General information about The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India
  • The author associated with The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is Arshia Sattar.
  • The EAN for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 9780670085064.
  • The edition for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 2013.
  • The ISBN for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 0670085065.
  • The height for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 539 mm.
  • The length for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 807 mm.
  • The width for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 79 mm.
  • The weight for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 132 g.
  • The language for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is English.
  • The binding of The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is Hardcover.
  • The number of pages for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India are 224.
  • The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 2013-11.
  • The publisher for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is Penguin India.
  • The producer for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is Penguin India.
  • The sales rank for The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India is 169908.