January 7, 2008

The Camel’s Nose Fable – a favourite for teaching about “Setting Limits”

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:29 am by Aleksan

The Camel and the Arab

One day an Arab and his camel were crossing the desert. Night came and the temperature became colder. The Arab put up his tent and tied the camel to it. The Arab went to sleep.


The temperature became slightly colder and the camel asked the Arab if he (camel) could just put his nose in the tent to warm up. The Arab agreed that the camel could just put his nose in, because the tent was small and there was no room for 2. So the camel’s nose became warm and after a while the temperature went down even more.

The camel asked the Arab again, if he (camel) could just put his fore legs in because they were very cold. The Arab reluctantly agreed that the camel could only put his fore legs in and no more. So the camel moved in his fore legs and they became warm. After sometime the camel asked the Arab again that he had to put in his hind legs or else he won’t be able to make the journey the next morning with frozen legs. So the Arab agreed and once the camel moved his hind legs in, there was no more room in the tent for the Arab and the Arab was kicked out.

Sneh Singh
January 2000


Panchtantra are the oldest fables from Ancient India. These fables originally written by Pandit Vishnu Sharma between the second and third century B.C. illustrate Nitishastra or how to live wisely. Hitopadesha fables are basically reconstruction of the Panchtantra with some additions by Narayana and are aimed to impart good advice. We hope that our young readers will enjoy this section.

A Crow, A Hunter, Some Doves and A Mouse by G.L. Chandiramani
A Friend In Need … by Swapna Dutta
A Monkey and a Crocodile by Sneh Singh
If you have a One-Track Mind by Swapna Dutta
It Pays To Be Clever by Swapna Dutta
Kalidasa’s Shakuntalam by Lavanya Shah
The Blue Jackal by Swapna Dutta
The Camel and The Arab by Sneh Singh
The Foolish Scholars by Esther Mary Lyons
The Heron and the Crab by Esther Mary Lyons
The Lion, the Fox and the Ass by Esther Mary Lyons
The Little Sparrow by Suniti Chandra Mishra
The Panchtantra : An Introduction by Swapna Dutta
The Rabbit and the Elephant by Swetha Raghunathan
The Singing Donkey by Esther Mary Lyons
The Talkative Tortoise by Esther Mary Lyons
The Wise Rabbit by Esther Mary Lyons
When You are Too Greedy … by Swapna Dutta



  1. nusamyday said,

    Fantastic, I didn’t know about that until now. Thanx!

  2. Excellent said,

    Excellent boss.

  3. Rev. Uche Ikpa said,

    I was wondering if I can use your image on the Bible that I found on Google. It an image of te Bible and I want to use it for my work book on Discipleship. I am designing a work book on discipleship and I was looking for an image on the Bible, and I sae a pile of two Bibles and it says: camelsnose.wordpress.com. It was advertised on Google.

    Can I have the permission to use the image in my work book on discipleship? You cna call me if you want to. My number is 8572517806.

    I look forward from hearing from you.
    Thanks, Uche Ikpa.

  4. Rev. Uche Ikpa said,

    My comment is for copyright permission to use your image seen on google on the Bible. Can I use it for my discipleship work book that I am desyning?

  5. fable 3 said,

    Thanks for another fantastic article. Where else may just anybody get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m at the look for such information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: