Reread after perhaps more than fifty years. Harsha Vardhan had written many stories and plays during his lifetime until he died in 648 AD, however as of now only three of his work (Ratnavali, Priya-darshika and Naganand) have survived.
Naganand tries to propogate nonviolence and renunciation, through a love story of prince Jimutvahana and princess Malayvati and animosity between Naag-People and Garuda-People. It is a gripping story with happy ending.
It is an amazing text. Loved to reread. In its Gujarati translation, was puzzled at mention of Ostrich bird, I thought it was only on the Australian continent. In the curious wonderland, Ostrich was guiding group of blind Sanyasis (the way these days dogs are applied), Lioness allowed baby deer to suckle and so did Cows to tigers. Peace was alround with Sanyasis engaged in Yagna everywhere in that forest.