Businessman’s Novel Idea to catch a Thief! (Post No.4888)

Businessman’s Novel Idea to catch a Thief! (Post No.4888)


Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 6 April 2018


Time uploaded in London –  10-08 am (British Summer Time)


Post No. 4888


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I am rewriting a story found in 100 year od book after deleting the caste names.

There was an old business man in a town. One night a burglar entered his house. He hid himself in a bush under a tree in his garden. Though the business man knew the presence of a thief in the garden, he pretended as if he did not notice him. Various thoughts ran into his mind. If I shouted ‘thief, thief’, then he may run away and visit my house another day. Or he may straight away attack me. My old wife is alone in the house.


Suddenly a flash of thought came. He called his wife at the dead of night and asked her to bring a chair and place it under the tree in the garden. She was wondering what happened to her husband. But as a faithful and obedient wife she did what he said. Then he asked for a pot full of hot water with cloves in it saying that he was suffering from severe tooth ache.

She did bring a pot of hot water with cloves in it to relieve him of his tooth pain. He started gurgling water mouth by mouth and spat on the bush where the burglar was hiding. Before he finished the pot full of water, there was some water left in the pot. He started gurgling the water and spat on his wife. First time she thought he did it by mistake. When he repeated three more times, she started shouting ‘Oh, My God, please help me; my husband is becoming mad. At the dead of night, he started spitting on me Come and help me!’.


The neighbours heard her cry and came to her help. When many of them came around the business man, he started scolding his wife loudly, “What is the use of saving lakhs of rupees and hundreds of sovereigns of gold for this lady? This woman who has been my wife for 50 years couldn’t even tolerate three spits. But look at the thief under the bush who was patient and nice to me even when I spat on him 25 times. Tell me how can I reward him?”


As soon as the businessman said this, the thief tried to come out of the bush and run away. Everyone sprang into action and caught him and took him to the police station.

Moral:– At times of trouble one must not panic, but must use his commons sense.




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