His Kathasaritasagara reveals that his efforts have not succeeded in producing a unified work. However its merit does not rest on construction. It was presented in an attractive, elegant, simple and unpretentious form. Several stories present a varied appeal, either as amusing or gruesome or romantic.
It is seen that he likes to conclude a tale with a different metre. He resists the temptation to indulge himself in word-plays and is content with the easy flow of the simple narrative. His denial is remarkable as he could have won repute as a poet in the elaborate style. There are many passages which reveal that simplicity is not inconsistent with ornament.
He borrowed the theme from an earlier work the Brihatkatha ("Great Tale") by the Sanskrit writer Gunadhya.
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