In the Kingdom of Fools
A guru and his disciple visit that kingdom.They are surprised to find the whole kingdom asleep during the day.Later on they come to know that it was the instruction given by the king.The guru being a wise man decides to leave the place as he realises the danger of staying in tne kingdom of fools.
Guru leaves the city but disciple remains behind. the guruadviced the disciple that nothing could be predicted of fools but he did not care.On day a thief broke into a rich merchant’s house.he died as the old wall fell on him,brother of theif complained toking about the death.The owner was summoned.he accused the brick layer for the murder.the bricklayer accused the dancing girl .but the dancinggirl accused the gold smith andthen gold smith accused a richman.the richman was summoned before the king.he himself was the owner of the house.The king ordered that the owner must be punished and he asked for a new stake to be made ready for the owner to die. but it did not fit to him so he ordered to search a man who was fit for the stake.Disciple was caught by the soldiers because he was fat enough to fit in the stake.
Q. How was the kingdom of fools different from other places?
a. Everything was strange and abnormal in the city of fools,people used to sleep in the day and work in the night,the price of everything was same-a single duddu .it all was strang. such things were availible nowhere.so the kingom of fools was different from other places.
Q.How according to the king had justice comefull circle?
a. According to the king first accused was merchant.he blamed the bricklayer who blamed the dancing girl.she blamed the goldsmith who blamed the merchant, the circle was complete.
Q.Why did the guru want to leave the kingdom quickly why did the disciple decided to stay on?
A. The gurur realised that the place was dangerous.anythingcould happen to him asit was the kingdom of fools so he decided to leave it.but thedeciple decided to stay onit was because he wanted to enjoy cheap and good food
Q. Who was finally blamed for the crime and why?
A. The rich man was finally blamed . it was because his father was the eal murderer of the theif .he had died .but his sonhad inherited his property and his sins so he was to diefor his father’s crime
Q. Why did the servants of the king catch the discple ?
A.The rich merchant was very thin .he was bot found fit forstake. theking decieded to find a person it for the stake .the kind decieded tofinda personfit for stake.the disciple was fit for stake ,so they caught him to hang him to dealth.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXT BOOK
Q. What are the two strange things the guru and his disciple find in the Kingdom of Fools?
A. Two strange things observed by the guru and his disciple are as follows. In the kingdom people slept throughout the day and even animals didn’t dare venture out during daytime. All work was done during night only. Everything cost one duddu, the local currency. Be it gold or banana, for fools everything had same value. In a way people were not capable of judging the true worth of a thing.
Q. Why does the disciple decide to stay in the Kingdom of Fools? Is it a good idea?
A. The disciple thinks of the easy life ahead. He thinks that he could afford all pleasures of life without worrying about monetary budget. He dreams of relishing every rich food on offer as everything cost same in that kingdom.
Q. Name all the people who are tried in the king’s court, and give the reasons for their trial.
A. The merchant was the first accused because his house’s wall collapsed and killed the thief. The next person was the bricklayer as it was thought his bad workmanship created a weak wall. Then the dancer was accused of distracting the bricklayer resulting in poor quality of the wall. Next accused was the goldsmith who called the dancer time and again to deliver the jewelry which in turn led to the distraction of the bricklayer. The goldsmith passed the buck on the merchant’s father as his pressure on the goldsmith delayed the finishing of dancer’s work. At last the wheel turned full circle and the blame came back to the original merchant.
Q. Who is the real culprit according to the king? Why does he escape punishment?
A. The king applied to his weird logic to come to the conclusion that as the merchant inherited everything from his father so he should take the share of his father’s sin as well. As the merchant was too thin to fit on the new execution stake so he escaped execution. The king concluded that a man fat enough to fit the stake will serve the purpose.
Q. What are the Guru’s words of wisdom? When does the disciple remember them?
A. The guru said that you never know what those foolish people would do to you next. When disciple’s life was at stake then he remembered his guru’s words of wisdom. This is normal human behavior. During good times we tend to forget the good teachings of our teachers and well wishers. It is only when the going gets tough we tend to remember them. We usually remember god during times of crisis.
Q. How does the guru manage to save his disciple’s life?
A. The guru tries to confuse the king by expressing his desire to be killed first. Then to further confuse the king he tells the story of becoming the king in the next incarnation. Apparently it may sound like a case of pure lie to save your dear one’s life. But if we go deeper consciously or unconsciously the sage is trying to save everybody’s life in the kingdom. Ultimately he is able to pull everybody out of the misery of living in the kingdom of fools.