The Tiger and the Hermit

Morale of the story – PRESENCE OF MIND OUTWITS CUNNINGNESS.

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Once upon a time there lived a tiger deep into a jungle. Jungle was surrounded by hills and deep valleys. One day when tiger was searching for food among the hills, his foot slipped and he fell into a valley. He struggled very hard to come out, but all his efforts were in vain. He started crying out for help.  A hermit was passing by and he heard the tiger’s cry. He leaped down and saw the tiger in that valley. He exclaimed, “Oh you poor soul! how did you fall into this?” The tiger cried and said, “I’ll tell you later but please help me out of this first. I shall never forget your gratefulness.”

Without wasting a minute the pious hermit collected a lot of sticks and lowered them into the ditch, tiger crawled over them and came out jumping. Since the tiger was in the ditch for a long time he was very hungry, so on coming out of the ditch he attacked the hermit.

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Hermit shouted, “Oh, stop! What are you doing? Is this my reward for saving your life.” Tiger replied, “Being in that valley for so long has made me very hungry and weak. I cannot hunt for food. All I can think of eating is you.” The hermit pleaded for his life. 

In the meantime a frog passed by. Seeing hermit in danger frog decided to help the hermit. He went close and asked what the matter was? Hermit narrated the whole incident and requested the frog to do justice. Tiger was in no mood of argument, he growled and said, ” Hermit is my food. How can I be held responsible for this hermit’s foolishness?” 

Learning about tiger’s intentions, the clever frog uttered, “Dear friends,to give proper judgement, I should know where the tiger actually was?” Tiger was in no mood to argue but he had no choice. 

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Pointing towards the valley the tiger said, “Well, look then, I was here”. Frog immediately replied, “Where exactly were you I can’t figure out, you have to show me your exact location.” Tiger was loosing his patience and said, ” Wait, I will show you were I exactly was and after that I am going to eat this hermit up”, saying this the foolish tiger jumped into the valley.

“Now do you get it Mr. frog,here I was”, shouted the tiger. Seeing the tiger back in the valley frog immediately sprung into action and asked hermit to remove all the sticks from the valley at once and said, “Maharaj, now run away and save your life.”  Hermit  thanked the frog for his cleverness and saving his life and ran away. The poor tiger was once again back in the deep valley, licking his paw. Intelligence will always prevail over strength.

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