The Mouse That Ate The Iron – Panchatantra Story
There was a rich businessman by the name of Naduk. But things were tough, and his business was struggling. He made the decision to leave the city and make his wealth elsewhere. He sold all of his belongings and settled his loans. He just had a large iron rod remaining. When Naduk went to say goodbye to his friend Lakshman, he asked him to hold onto the pole till he got back. Lakshman promised to take care of it on his own.
Naduk spent many years making his wealth by travelling widely. He was happy because he became wealthy once more. He went back home, purchased a new home, and restarted his business. He went to see his friend Lakshman, who gave him a kind welcome.
After some time, Naduk requested that he give back his iron rod. Lakshman was unwilling to return the rod because he knew it would bring him good money. He then informed Naduk that the mice ate iron, which he had stored in the storeroom.
Naduk didn’t appear to care. To deliver a gift that he had purchased for him, he requested that Lakshman send his son home with him. Ramu, the son of Lakshman, was sent with Naduk.
Ramu was held by Naduk in a cellar inside his home. By night, Lakshaman had grown concerned and had come to ask as to his son’s whereabouts. Naduk replied that a vulture had taken the boy off and eventhough he tried following the vulture he couldn’t.
Naduk was accused of lying by Lakshman. He stated that a fifteen-year-old boy could not be taken by a vulture.
After a major argument, the case was presented to the king. The King listened to both sides of the story and knew that Nanduk has kidnapped the boy to teach Lakshman a lesson.
The King then gave Lakshman the order to give Naduk the iron beam back, and for Naduk to give Lakshman’s kid back to Lakshman.
Moral : Don’t be greedy
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