– Sorry Sharma
The name was something else but people had kept the name – Dayalu Singh. Long, big mustaches, long pointed shoes. And even bigger eyes. In the court people used to say that although the name of the king is Dayalu Singh, but look how big and scary the eyes are. If you see it, it seems that it will be eaten.
Horror..? We find it very beautiful. As if someone had put two big fish in the eyes – one would say.
Shut up too, I don’t know how much the king likes to eat fish, if you come to know, then your own eyes will not be good – the other would speak.
Thirdly, let’s leave the eyes, don’t know who has advised the king to apply such a thick kajal.
After listening to his words, I could not remain silent before – ‘Oh quiet- quiet, if someone has complained, then it is not well. This is a gift from the king’s mother. She used to say that the darker the kajal, the more will be the power of the eyes.
The other started laughing and said – ‘So those who do not apply kajal, they cannot see.’
Now go and ask his mother Saab only.
Oh then it may be that you will have to go up ahead of time. Because she moved there years ago. Yes, if sitting there listening to us and complaining to the king, then we are not well.
The people outside also used to fear the king. Do you know when to get angry? But Dayalu Singh was a just king.
One day a court was held. All the members of the Council of Ministers, the servants of the king had arrived. They were talking to each other. Then it was heard – ‘Hail to Maharajadhiraj, our Maharaja be immortal, as long as the sun and the moon remain, the king will be your name, Dayalu Singh’s name will remain, Dayalu Singh zindabad, the king’s strength Zindabad, how is our king – Maharaj Dayalu Singh Be like.’
That is, the Maharaj was coming. Cabinet members and courtiers welcomed him. But as soon as the king sat on the throne, the senses of the courtiers were blown away. Was this the king so proud of his mustache, where did he go..? Was there till yesterday, why did you get cut! But someone asks how. Do whatever the king wants.
The king came and sat on the throne. And as usual, she started looking here and there with big eyes that suddenly started crying loudly from outside. When Dayalu Singh signaled, the crying man was brought inside.
He was a poor farmer. His crop was cut by the landlord’s goons. He told that somehow he has reached here after escaping from the landlord. The king ordered that the people of the army should immediately go and collect the price of the crop from the landlord and give it to the farmer. After the farmer left, there was the sound of a woman crying. When she was brought inside, she was an old lady. His son and daughter-in-law had thrown him out of the house.
When the king listened to him, he got very angry. Immediately told the city Kotwal that the old lady’s son should be caught and presented in the court. His harsh punishment will be decided by the king himself. Those children who cannot take care of their aging parents should be given the harshest punishment. Similarly people kept coming one by one. Hearing their plea, the king ordered them to solve their problems.
Suddenly the color of the king’s face changed. A man was standing in front of him laughing. The king did not understand why the man was laughing. Anyway, what is the work of a laughing man in the court? Only those people used to come in front of the king who were in trouble and used to cry. Laughing complainant Raja saw it for the first time.
The complainant bowed to the king. Then laughed out loud. The king got angry seeing him laughing. He scolded and said- ‘Don’t you know even the slightest ways of etiquette. Before standing in front of us, we did not come to know how to stand.’
Sir please forgive the mistake! But what did I do – the man asked. He had stopped laughing but now he was smiling.
You ask what you did, as if you do not know – the king said with anger.
– No, sir, I really don’t know.
‘silenced! Who has the courage to laugh in front of us as if you are laughing? Here everyone comes crying with some or the other problem. But you are the first person who has come laughing. Are you very happy about something? If you are happy, then what is the need to bring a complaint to our court’ – said the king.
The man became silent after listening to the king. Then he said thinking – Sir! I was coming crying too. But some such incident happened on the way that he started laughing.
Well, tell us also what happened that we started laughing while crying. And now you keep on laughing.
Maharaj, your name is Dayalu Singh, your deeds are also such that the world praises you but..
Maharaj, I was just coming, then a poor man was asking your concierges to let him in but they were not allowing him to come – said the man.
-Why so good?
Maharaj the man was saying that you had ordered the concierges to help him. But they started helping his enemy. You had ordered that the powerful neighbors who have occupied that man’s house should be vacated immediately. The concierge met that neighbor. The house was not empty, the neighbors took away all the belongings of that poor person.
Hearing his words, Dayalu Singh started trembling with anger. This courage of his concierge. He immediately got the concierges arrested and sent them to the prison. After that the king asked – but what was the point of laughing in it.
Sir, I was laughing at myself. I was thinking that when such a big truth has come in front of me that the people whom you will send to solve my problems will become my enemies, then what is the use of coming here.
Never mind you tell us your problem and go to your home. If there is no solution then come again tomorrow.
Sir, I have three brothers. When the father died, it was decided that our mother would be with everyone in turn. But sir..
But what.. your other brothers don’t keep mother?
No sir, if this were the case, who would be my lucky son, but there are elder brothers who do not allow their mother to go to other brothers. He understands that he can take the best care of a mother. All three of us brothers are worried. We want that we should also get an opportunity to take care and serve our mother, but neither brother sends nor mother comes. We want you to explain to our elder brother.
Hearing the words of that man, tears welled up in the eyes of the king. The mascara in the eyes started flowing on the cheeks. The rest of the courtiers also started wowing.
The king said that for the first time in his life he is hearing such things. Brothers fight on the matter that the responsibility of parents should not fall on them. Here the brothers are complaining that they are not being allowed to take care of their mother. The next day the king honored the four brothers by calling them in the court. At the same time, the four brothers decided that now instead of living separately, they will stay together so that the mother can also be taken care of and everyone can live with love.
(Kshama Sharma is an established signature in the literature and journalism world. Several children’s novels and children’s story collections have been published. Research work has been done on her writings in one university and research work is going on in many universities.)