When I was in my childhood, I did not have the privilege of TV, radio was there but it wasn’t for the kids of the house, so we were entirely dependent upon our Granny for the story-time or story hours.

Normally, the time was fixed, so I mentioned story hours, either in the afternoons or at bedtime…now when I recall those days, I laugh out loud…humko bekawoof banaya jaata tha…kaise…We were Oddball, they wanted to get rid of us in afternoons to relax. The storytelling was so interesting that we slept in mid of it and the ladies of the house ke chehre par muskurat n kamar ko thoda aaram...now I understand fully because we too did more or less the same…Current generation’s notable kids lie down in front of TV & Computer, elders sleep and they are wide awake…Smart kids!

I remember one story told by my Granny, I recall more often because it conveys a lesson that we need to remember or follow in our life.

Story: There was a  man, Shyam, who had domesticated two donkeys Hira & Sona for his business. He lived in a village and often went to town in terms of his business. He had to cross the river to reach the town. When he had to carry the stocks, both the donkeys were his carriers & they accompanied him.

Both the donkeys shared good rappo and were quite perky with each other.

Once Hira got a load of salt & Sona got a load of cotton on his back. Hira was walking swiftly & Sona was moving slowly.

After walking for a half distance, Shyam lied under the shade of a tree to relax and so the Hira & Sona.

“Why you are walking so slowly, Hira” Sona asked.

“It’s very heavy, I am finding it difficult,” Hira said to Sona.

Again, they started for the town along with their master Shyam.

While crossing the river, Hira stumbled and fell in the river.

Shyam helped Hira to get back on his legs.

When he stood back, he felt relieved and gained speed. Sona watched wide-eyed the terrific change and asked Hira the reason.

“Bhai, I got hurt but the salt load reduced after falling into the river,” Hira said to Sona.

Sona thought that he too should follow the same and deliberately he stumbled n fell in the water.

Again, Shyam tried to help him but the cotton soaked in water increased the load and it was unmanageable for Shyam to manage Sona.

Hira understood the story of Sona, he did it in greed and the result was that he could not stand back. Anyhow, he was dragged out of the water but it was the last day of Sona’s life.

He breathed last.

Hira was unhappy over the loss of his friend but he felt pity for his friend and on his greed..

Cotton is light and he should not have stumbled with a purpose. Hira’s stumbled by mistake and it was the bad luck of Shyam that salt dissolved in water, so it was a loss for their master n it was blessing in disguise that a load of Hira reduced.

The moral behind this story is that Never Imitate Others Without Knowing The Whole Story & Don’t Be Greedy.

The God above watches us and if he feels that life is cheating with a purpose, he punishes there and then.

We can’t see God but can feel his judgment.

Someone has rightly said, “Upar wale ke laathi main aawaz nahin hoti.”

It’s perfectly true.

Come on Guys, Storytime is over for today. Again will be back with another interesting piece tagged with a moral behind.

The best part of Granny’s stories was that they had a lesson behind and this lesson is quite practical to follow.

I summed this with my quote, “In Trying To Grab More, I May Lose What I Intend To Gain!” © Ila Varma 2015

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