Panchatantra: The Giant and the helpless Brahmin
Once, a Brahmin was passing through a jungle to reach another town. A diabolical giant used to live in that forest. When he saw the Brahmin coming towards him, he sprang upon the Brahmin and sat on his shoulders, curling his legs around the ......
Once, a Brahmin was passing through a jungle to reach another town. A diabolical giant used to live in that forest. When he saw the Brahmin coming towards him, he sprang upon the Brahmin and sat on his shoulders, curling his legs around the Brahmin’s neck.
The Brahmin was petrified to see a giant perched on his shoulders, but he could not do anything to take him off his shoulders. The giant said to the Brahmin, “O Brahmin, I am very fond of eating human flesh. But, before killing you I wish to take a joy ride on your shoulders. So, take me where I want.”
The Brahmin had no choice, but to obey the giant. So he kept on walking. While walking, the Brahmin noticed that the giant’s feet were unusually tender and tiny. Out of curiosity, the Brahmin asked the giant, “O mighty giant, I want to ask you something. I see that you are so big and strong but your feet are very tiny and delicate. Why is it so?”
The giant thought that there was no harm in revealing the secret of his feet to the Brahmin as he was soon going to kill him. So, he told the Brahmin, “Well, I generally do not walk much. Walking or running with wet feet hurts me a great deal.”
The Brahmin kept the giant’s words firmly in his mind and kept on walking. After some time, they reached a river. When the Brahmin saw the river, a brilliant idea struck him. He said to the giant, “Dear Sir, Pardon me for saying so, but I sincerely think that you need to take a shower. You can take a bath in this river, freshen yourself up and then eat me.”
The giant had not taken a bath since a very long time, so he liked the Brahmin’s idea. He asked the Brahmin to let him down from his shoulders and warned him, “Do not dare move an inch from your place or else, I will come out of the water and kill you.”
The Brahmin promised the giant not to move from there. He was very happy to see the giant bathing in the river as he knew that he was bound to get his tender feet wet. As soon as the Brahmin saw that the giant was completely soaked in water, he ran away from there to save his life.
The giant saw the Brahmin running away from the river bank, but he could do anything to stop him. With his delicate wet feet, he was unable to chase the Brahmin. He repented telling his little secret to the Brahmin.