The Laughing Stock by WisdomThought


"He who listens to everybody will only become a laughing stock"

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									The Laughing Stock
Banwarilal is a simple soul who believes whatever he is told. The village boys are aware of this
and exploit his simplicity for a few laughs. One day, Banwarilal is on his way to the market with
his son to sell their donkey. He comes across some village boys out to have fun.

Seeing the father and son duo walking with the donkey, they first suggest that the son ride on
the donkey and save the effort. The son is put on the donkey’s back. The boys then ridicule the
boy for riding while the father walks. The father and son switch places. The father rides while the
son walks. The boys then taunt the father for making the poor son walk and advise the duo to
ride the donkey together.

Thinking it a good idea they comply. The poor donkey collapses from exhaustion. The boys then
express their disgust at the duo for ill treating the donkey and advice that they take the donkey
to an animal doctor. The duo again follows the advice.

On the way, they come across barking stray dogs. In the confusion that ensues, the donkey falls
into the flowing river. The donkey is lost forever. Banwarilal loses the donkey because he follows
what he is suggested without thinking for himself.

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