Money Problems

By Admin on 29-12-2015

Wali Dad was a carpenter who lived alone and worked hard the whole day
long. His tastes were simple and his wants few, so he spent very little of the
money he earned. One day he found that the jar in which he kept his money was
full to the brim. “I must empty it,” he thought, “or I'll have
no container for my money.” He took the jar to the local jeweller, emptied
its contents on the floor and asked the jeweller to give him a bracelet worth
the sum. The jeweller gave him a pretty little bracelet made of gold.
Wali Dad wondered what he should do with the bracelet. He saw a merchant at the
head of a line of camels laden with goods, and asked him where he was going. “To
the palace,” said the merchant, importantly. “The princess has
ordered some clothes.”

“Will you give her this bracelet too,” said the carpenter,
handing over the bracelet he had bought to him. “Tell her it's a gift from
Wali Dad.” The princess liked the bracelet and sent him a camel-load of
the finest silks in return.” What will I do with these silks?”
groaned Wali Dad when the merchant brought the heavily-laden camel to
him.” Give them to someone else,” suggested the merchant.
“Who?”
“Perhaps the Sultan of Kesh.”So Wali Dad sent the silk to the Sultan
who, delighted with the gift, sent him six of his finest horses. Wali Dad sent
them on to the princess. “Who is this Wali Dad? And why is he sending me
gifts?” she asked her advisor. “Probably somebody who wants to
impress you with his wealth,” said the advisor. “Send him a gift that
he cannot match. That will humble his pride.”
The princess sent him 20 mules laden with silver. Not wishing to be burdened by
so much wealth Wali Dad sent the silver to the Sultan. The Sultan was
perplexed. “Who is this Wali Dad? And why is he sending me gifts?” he
asked his advisor. “Probably somebody who wants to impress you with his
wealth,” said the advisor. “Send him a gift that he cannot match.
That should humble him.”
The Sultan sent Wali Dad 20 cartloads of precious stones, which Wali Dad
promptly re-routed to the princess. The princess, her curiosity piqued, decided
to pay him a visit. She set out secretly, taking only her maid with her. Their
enquiries led them to the humble dwelling of the carpenter. As they were
looking around in bewilderment, a handsome man of regal bearing came riding
towards them. It was the Sultan of Kesh. He too had decided to make the
acquaintance of the mysterious Wali Dad. The Sultan and the princess fell in
love with each other, at first sight. After a short courtship, they announced
their marriage. Wali Dad was now a famous man. As he refused to go to either of
their palaces, the princess and the Sultan sent him a chest full of gold. But
it was never delivered. When Wali Dad saw the Sultan’s men bringing the gold,
he fled the village and was never seen again.

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