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The Guru's Counsel

This is a picture of Premchand Pandit Chintamani is unhappy with life. The reason: people don't often invite him for free meals nowadays! So, Pandit Chintamani has decided to renounce worldly life and become an ascetic.

His friend, Pandit Moteram Shashtri, is grieved by the decision; the two of them had shared many happy moments together by attending hundreds of free feasts. As a good friend, Pandit Moteram feels it his duty to offer some valuable advice to Pandit Chintamani. Pandit Moteram is acquainted with many ascetics and knows their ways. He, therefore, instructs Pandit Chintamani as to how he should speak and behave as an ascetic.

Pandit Moteram's counsel proves to be very useful at first and Pandit Chintamani is welcomed into a group of ascetics. But, there is one aspect about recluses that Pandit Moteram had overlooked and failed to mention. The failure to observe this single aspect of the recluses exposed Pandit Chintamani as an imposter at once. The Guru's counsel had been good enough, but not very good!

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Life's Lessons

Funny picture of a dog wearing a hat It was past 9 pm when I stepped out of the office. I started my motorcycle and rode homewards.

My home is around ten kilometres from the office. After covering around five kilometres or so, the motorcycle spluttered and came to an abrupt halt.

I tried to start the motorcycle again, but it refused to start. I was desperate now and a bit angry at the unfaithful motorcycle for ditching me. In my anger, I lunged at the kick-lever violently and repeatedly. But still the motorcycle refused to come to life. A few violent kicks later, I found the kick-lever had come off the spindle. I was not carrying any tool kit, so I could not repair it. I tried to start the motorcycle by pushing it after engaging a gear. But that also did not work.

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What a Turnaround!

Books arranged in shelves The other day I ran into a friend whom I had not met for a long time. He owned a library. Ashish looked rather glum. I asked him what was troubling him.

"Can't seem to be making a living out of my library," he said. "People, it seems, don't like to read. Very few people have signed up as members in my library."

I strongly disagreed with Ashish that people didn't like to read. There can be no better friend than a good book! "How much do you charge as the subscription fee?" I asked him. He told me. I thought the fee was too high. "Reduce the fee," I told him, "then, I will also sign up as a member". After some light conversation we departed ...

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