Panchatantra: Three Fishes And The Fishermen
A long time ago, three fish used to live in a pond along with their families. Their names were Anagatavidhata, Pratyutpannamati and Yadbhavishya. Anagatavidhata had a practical mind and used to plan all her actions in advance. Pratyutpannamati was also quite practical and a ......
A long time ago, three fish used to live in a pond along with their families. Their names were Anagatavidhata, Pratyutpannamati and Yadbhavishya. Anagatavidhata had a practical mind and used to plan all her actions in advance. Pratyutpannamati was also quite practical and a good advisor. Yadbhavishya was the youngest of them. She was lazy and did not like working. She had a laid back attitude.
One, day, a group of fishermen came to the pond where these three fish lived. They talked among themselves, “This pond has quite a lot of fish. Let us come here tomorrow with our nets and catch them.”
This conversation of the fishermen was overheard by Anagatavidhata. She quickly gathered all the fish of the pond and told them what she had overheard. She said, “We must move to another pond as soon as we can in order to save our lives.” All the other fish including Pratyutpannamati agreed with Anagatavidhata. Only Yadbhavishya did not like the idea. She said, “Why should we leave our pond and go somewhere else? We are not cowards. Maybe the fishermen do not come here at all. And even if they do, we will figure out a way of not getting caught. Anyway, one day, everyone has to die. So there is no point in fearing death.”
Anagatavidhata and Pratyutpannamati did not agree with Yadbhavishya’s ideas and they proceeded to carry out their original plan. They went to another pond with their families and friends.
The next day, the fishermen came to the pond with their large nets. They cast their nets and caught a large number of fish living in the pond. Among these fish were Yadbhavishya and her family too. Anagatavidhata, Pratyutpannamati and their families were safe in another pond. This is why it is said that we must plan our future intelligently.
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