Whisker of a tiger..!

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

WAS speak­ing to a young wife who com­plained to me last week about how her hus­band had be­come im­pa­tient with her, and told her this story: Once upon a time in Siam there lived a young newly mar­ried cou­ple who were very much in love with each other.

One day the man went out to war and he was away for quite a few months. He came back a very changed per­son. He sat for many hours on his doorstep think­ing thoughts he would not tell his wife and stay­ing away from her. The poor wife tried all she could to coax and ca­jole her hus­band to come back to his former self but she tried in vain. Fi­nally in des­per­a­tion, she went to an old sadhu in the for­est and ex­plained her prob­lem.

“Bring me the whisker of a tiger!” thun­dered the sage “and I will tell you what to do.” The young lady was crest­fallen; she knew how im­pos­si­ble her task was, but she was de­ter­mined to get back her hus­band. So the next day she went into the for­est with a bowl of soup and found a tiger’s lair. She saw the fear­some beast in­side, stood trem­bling, then put down the bowl and fled. The day af­ter when she went to the en­trance of the tiger’s cave she found the soup had been fin­ished and she filled it with some more of the de­li­cious stuff and again ran away.

She did this day af­ter day for months on end till one day she stood and waited. The tiger also waited for her to go away but see­ing she wasn’t go­ing to do so, came to the bowl and lapped up the soup.

She stopped run­ning away af­ter that and af­ter a few months de­cided not to put the bowl down at all. The tiger hav­ing got used to this woman who only wanted to feed him, came up to her and ac­tu­ally drank the soup from her hands. She trem­bled as she watched the mighty beast, but slowly as days passed by stopped grow­ing afraid and one day with a quick move­ment pulled off a whisker from the cheek of the fear­some fel­low! She ran with the whisker in her hand all the way to the sage. “Here wise sage!” she panted, “here is the whisker of the tiger, now tell me what to do with it?” The sadhu smiled as he took the whisker and kept it aside, “Go now to your hus­band,” he said, “and use the same pa­tience you’ve had to get the whisker of this beast, and you will get his heart back like­wise!” Ah! What won­der­ful ad­vice for both you wives and we hus­bands..! —Email:bob­s­ban­ter@gmail.com

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