Indian Folk Tales: Thiruvazhuthan And The Queen
Thiru, the foolish servant, had been dismissed by the king because of his endless stupidity. But the queen took pity on him and took him in her service. One day, she told Thiru to get her oil from the market. Thiru went to the ......
Thiru, the foolish servant, had been dismissed by the king because of his endless stupidity. But the queen took pity on him and took him in her service. One day, she told Thiru to get her oil from the market. Thiru went to the market and started looking around for oil. He went up to a vegetable seller and asked him for oil. Everyone started laughing at him. But one kind fellow directed Thiru to an oil shop.In those days, if one wanted to buy oil, he had to carry his own pot or vessel to put the oil in. When Thiru asked the shopkeeper for oil, he asked for his vessel. But Thiru was not carrying any pot or vessel. So, he said to the shopkeeper, “I don’t have a vessel. But it doesn’t matter. Put the oil in my pocket.” The shopkeeper laughed and told his servants to pour the oil in Thiru’s pocket.
Thiru returned to the queen and announced proudly that he had managed to bring oil. But the queen saw Thiru completely drenched in oil. However, she was a kind lady and did not get angry on Thiru. She said, “Thiru, from now on, whenever you go out to make purchases, take four of the servants with you who will carry the purchases back on their heads.” Thiru nodded.
A few days later, the queen asked Thiru to get a needle from the market. Thiru took four servants with him to bring the needle back. He went to a shop and asked for a needle. But the needle they showed him was too small to be carried back by four men. So, he asked for a bigger needle. The shopkeeper sent him to a bookseller. The bookseller showed Thiru a bigger needle that was used to sew books. But Thiru asked for an even bigger one so the bookseller sent him to the wholesale market where gunny bags were made. Here Thiru was shown an even bigger needle that was used for sewing gunny bags. Still, Thiru thought that this was too small to be carried by four men. But a bigger needle than that was not available anywhere.
Thiru did not know what to do. He wanted to carry out the exact orders of the queen. So, Thiru made the four servants cut down a tree. Then, he cut a hole in this tree and put the large gunny-bag needle in this hole. Then, he ordered the four servants to carry this tree to the queen’s palace. The queen saw Thiru and the four servants bringing the tree from her terrace. She ran down and told the tired and panting servants to put the tree down. The queen, too, dismissed Thiru from her service.
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