How the Barber shaved off the pride of the Pundit
(Self pride is poison and it kills you soon. I read this story written by my face book friend Anantha Narayanan . In this translation , I have not been able to get the magic of his tamil words but I hope I have brought out his message.)
Long long ago , there was a proud Pundit,
Who thought that he is the most learned one,
And no one would know as much as he knew ,
He had bushy eyebrows , huge moustache and partially bald head .
He used to wander here and there , to find people ,
So that he can prove to every one, that his knowledge was greatest,
And as soon as his head is seen outside , all people,
Used to flee so that , they were not intellectually tortured.
One day with lots and lots of difficulty i he could ,
Locate a barber sitting below a tree and doing his work,
But what irritated the pundit was that the Barber ,
Appeared intelligent and did not get scared of him.
Pundit approached the barber and asked ,
In a contemptuous tone , “How much you charge for your work”,
And he replied “Two rupees for a hair cut and one for a shave.”
And then Pundit told him, “ ha, ha Please shave my head for one rupee”
The barber laughed and told “That was a very intelligent choice”,
And started his work and when the Barber did not get angry,
The Pundit was disappointed and wanted to teach him a lesson.
And asked “You do your work with a knife and how come a bar in your name?”
The Barber did not get annoyed and told , “True our job is cutting ,
But we with our barb* we have to keep the clients entertained “
And this reply irritated the Pundit and he further continued his barb,
So that he could prove to the Barber who is more superior.
He asked the barber , your job seems to be only cutting,
And are you the biggest cutthroat of this town?”
And the Barber replied “No sir , I only cut hair and not the throat”
And this made Pundit loose his temper and he raised his voice.
The Barber could guess his temper and fondled ,
The moustache of the Pundit and asked “Do you want this?”
And since the Pundit was very fond of his moustache , he said “yes”,
And the Barber shaved it and gave it to him “Please take it “
The pundit was shocked and did not know what to tell,
And the Barber then touched the bushy eye brows of the Pundit ,
And asked “Do you want this?” and since Pundit felt that if he says “Yes”.
The Barber will cut it off, he said “No” and the barber again cut them off.
And said, “Since you do not want it , I have helped you by removing it.”
Seeing his very ugly look of a fool in the Barber’s mirror,
The Pundit gave him one rupee and went back home,
Not to come out for several days and he understood,
“Our cleverness and wisdom is not to tease others but to help them.”