Thousand Gold Coins and A Handful Grain Story
Once, there was a proud, wealthy, pretty and intellectual lady called Vidyullatha in Vijaya Nagar. One day, she put up a hoarding outside her house, stating she would give a thousand gold coins to any man who would defeat her in humour, wit or knowledge of ancient texts.
Many intellectuals tried their best to beat her. But they couldn’t succeed.
One day, a firewood vendor was shouting outside her house. Getting irritated by his sound, she offered to buy the load, for which the vendor demanded a handful grain.
She offered him a handful of grain. But the vendor said, “I need a handful grain, Madam. Have you understood me ?”. Vidyullatha angrily yelled at the vendor, “I am the most learned lady. I can understand what you ask.”
The vendor said that she should pay him a thousand coins and wipe the hoarding on the wall if she couldn’t pay back the price he asked. That led them to a heated argument. They both decided to go to court.
The vendor explained that he wanted one grain that filled the hand and not a handful of grains. The lady stood speechless and compelled to pay him the coin and remove the hoarding from her wall.
The witty vendor was none other than Tenali Raman. He disguised himself as a vendor to teach Vidyullatha a lesson.
Lesson We Learned
Do not be arrogant about your capabilities.
You must be humble about your achievements and intelligence.
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