The Drummer

Morale of the story-  LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS BECAUSE THEY KNOW BETTER.

Panchtantra - The drummer

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In a small town named Sonagarh their lived a drummer named Ramu and his son Sonak. They were very good at playing drums and so they decided to go to a nearby town to play their drums at a festival. People were very impressed with their talent and at the end of the festival people offered them money, jewels and clothes.

Both the father and son packed their bags along with their rewards and decided to return home. On their way home they crossed a jungle and since it was a long way home they decided to take a break. Sonak was so excited that he told his father that he really enjoyed the festival. ” Yes, did you see how much those people enjoyed our drums. You gave a good performance, son”, said Ramu.

Panchtantra - The drummer

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The next moment Sonak started beating the drum. ” I feel on top of the world today, father!, he said excitedly. Seeing him do this Ramu got scared and warned him,”Sonak, stop playing the drums! You will attract Robbers! This forest is full of them!”

The son consoled his father saying that he would play a martial beat (war like beat) to frighten them off. But Ramu knew this is bad and so he started assembling all their stuff but it was too late,  some of the thieves hiding in the jungle heard their loud drumming. They thought that a royal party is hunting in the forest. Ramu kept on warning his son and told him to stop playing the drum. But the boy payed no attention to his warning and continued to play the drum.

Panchtantra - The drummer

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“Stop! Why don’t you listen to me?”, scolded Ramu. “Oh, father, you worry too much! I’ll scare the thieves before they come!”, he retorted. The thieves soon realized that it was no royal party. It is just somebody who has made a lot of money and is feeling happy!

They decided to attack them. The thieves quickly spotted Ramu drummer and his son. They realized that they certainly have large sum of money in those huge bags. Thieves surrounded them and Sonak didn’t even get a chance to play his martial beat. “I told you to stop, didn’t I?” shouted Ramu.

The leader shouted, “You have no way to escape, so hand us your money and we will spare your life”.The thieves attacked the drummer and his son and ran off with the loot. “But you wouldn’t listen. In your pride, you foolishly invited your own doom by playing at the wrong time !” said Ramu.  His son now realized his mistake but it was too late as they lost all their hard earned money.

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