The Clever Woman
Once upon a time there lived a king. His name was Shahryar. He and his brother Shazaman got married to two evil sisters incidentally. When days passed Shahzaman’s wife cast an evil spell on his husband. So he died of a bad disease.
The news reached the king Shahryar. He felt sorry for his brother Shahzaman. So he ordered his brother’s wife to be put to death as a punishment. Just then some holy men came there to see the king and the princess.
But the queen humiliated them and punished them. When he heard the news he ordered to execute his wife also. He decided to take revenge on women. So he took an oath himself to marry everyday a girl and kill her the next day itself.
From the next day onwards, he married a woman and the next day morning he killed her for some reason. As days passed he continued his oath. So all the women were killed except one. She was one of his minister’s daughters. Her name was Shahitha Banu. She was very clever and a good storyteller.
The particular day came for her marriage. As she was intelligent, she worked out a plan in her mind. After the wedding was over both the king and Shahitha Banu were in their room. She asked the king to permit her to tell him a very interesting story to entertain him. The king allowed her to tell the Story.
As she planned before she started to tell the story, “Long long ago there was a king XXXXX. He had his son XXXXX…..”
The story I continued till late night and till the morning. But the story did not come to an end. Banu stopped for a while and said, “Now it is morning you have court work in the day. So I will continue the story today night”.
The king should have killed the queen in the morning. But he wanted to know the continuation of the story as it was very interesting. So he postponed killing her.
The next day night also the queen began to tell the story, but she extended the story endlessly. The story continued for several months. As days passed the king became very fond of the queen. So the King decided not to kill her. She had won his heart by her clever stories.
The intelligent queen won the king’s heart and made him realize that all women were not wicked. They lived long and ruled their country long.
The Three Wisemen and The Camel
Once there lived a man in a small village in Arabia. He had a camel. Whenever he went on a journey, he went along with his camel. At one such journey, he lost his camel unexpectedly. He was in search of his camel. He asked everyone, “Have you seen my camel.” But everywhere his effort was in vain.
One day when he came through a city he met three wise men on his way. As usual he asked the wise men “Have any one of you seen my camel?” The three wise men thought for a while and began to speak. The man asked them curiously, “Have you seen my camel on your way?”
The first wise man asked him, “Is your camel’s one eye blind?”
The man replied quickly, “Yes, yes my camel’s one eye is blind.”
“Have you seen my camel on your way” the man asked the second wise man.
The second wise man asked him, “Is your camel lame?”
The man became curious and said, “Yes, yes he is lame!”
“Have you seen my camel” again he asked the third wise man.
The third wise man asked, “Was your camel carrying honey on one side and grain on the other side?”
On hearing these words, the owner of the camel became happy and asked them’ “Have you all seen my camel? Please tell me.”
Now the three wise men replied, “We had never seen your camel?”
“You three are fooling me now” Don’t make fun of me”, the man said in anger.
The three wise men said calmly.” We are not fooling you man. We didn’t see your camel anywhere”. The man got angry and took them to the King for enquiry.
He said to the King, “The three men had stolen my camel my Lord”.
He also described what they had said. The king asked the three what had happened. The three men denied that they had never seen it. The King asked them then how they could tell the identity of the camel lost.
The first man told the king that he had seen the grass eaten on only one side. “So I assumed that the camel must be blind in one eye”, He said.
The second man said that he had seen the grains scattered on one side and the honey on the other side. “So I assumed that the camel was carrying the grains on one side and honey on the other side”, He said.
The third man described that the hoof marks of the camel were lighter on one side than the other. “So we came to a conclusion that the camel must be lame”, He said.
The courtier including the king wondered about the cleverness of the three. So the king declared that they were not thieves and he asked the owner of the camel to search on the way the three wise men had come. The camel man went out of the court bending his head in search of his camel. The king appointed the three, as his ministers and ruled according to their advice.
Once upon a time there lived three brothers. They were Ali, Hassim and Khaieel. Before their father died, he asked his sons to divide the wealth into three equal shares. After their father’s death, they divided the wealth into three parts.
Ali started a business in the same place. Hassim and Khaieel let the place to seek knowledge and learn from the opportunities. Ali’s business improved very well and he had all the facilities of luxury and lived happily.
One day he found Laila a wise maiden who had magical powers. They got married and lived happily. She led a loving life, serving her husband.
Ali’s brothers visited all the places in the kingdom. Their part of wealth was spent up. So they became beggars. One day they came to Ali’s shop and begged. Ali took some coins and went near the beggars. When he was ready to give the coins, he recognized their voices. Ali was shocked at their look.
“What happened to you?” said Ali in a stammering voice.
“We lost what ever you gave us. O brother! Our business failed because of our carelessness”. They confessed
Ali said. “Don’t worry brothers. What we have now is ours, come on. We shall go to our home. They went to Ali’s house with a wicked plan to kill their brother Ali at any cost. Laila also looked after them very well. But she found out their wicked plan to kill Ali through her magical power.
Ali gave them each thousand gold coins and said, “You start some business here and come up in life.”
Hassim said, “We have a plan to go east. You also come along with us. You bring Laila also. There we can earn more and shall live together.”
Khaleel also accepted the idea of Hassim. Ali and Laila accepted their idea. But Laila knew the cunning plan of Hassim and Khaleel.
All of them set off on a voyage to the east. The two wanted to kill Ali in the voyage itself. Laila watched them carefully with her magical power. Hassim and Khaleel pushed Ali into the sea. Laila followed them alertly she took Ali to the ship again with a rope. When they returned home, She with her magical power had cast spell on the brothers and sent them to their house as watchdogs at the gate.
When Ali and Laila returned home, Ali saw two dogs in the gate tied with a rope. Laila said, “The dogs are your wicked brothers. I turned them into dogs.”
Ali became sad and said “Please forgive them and make them as men again”.
But Laila said, “Now it is not possible because the spell is for a limited years. Until then I can not change them.”
So they lived as dogs for ten years and then were changed as men. Then they felt sorry for their behavior and lived with Ali helping him in the business.