Post No.7770

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Tamil folk tales

A respectable merchant had his daughter instructed by a famous teacher in the town. After a few years of studying under him, she attained womanhood. On hearing of this, father of the girl called her and said,

My girl! Go and tell your Guru the good news. Don’t forget to give him Guru Dakshina along with coconut, betel nuts and fruits. Accordingly she went to the school master and having given him the betel nut, fruits and the fee, made her obeisance and said,

Sir, bless me and allow me to take leave.

Guru said,

Have I taken pains with you till now for the sake of this worthless money? Your father had already given me enough. I have for many years desired to embrace you. Now is the right time. Do not refuse me. Having said this he moved forward to molest her.

On hearing this the girl of  honourable family trembled and agitated. She shouted at him,

You wretch! Ungrateful traitor! Is it right for you to lust after me? Learned fool! You will speedily be undone.

So saying she escaped from him and ran home. Because her father was busy with his business matters, she did not tell him at once.

In the meantime, the cunning teacher came to the merchant’s house and gave him the very bad news. I heard from your daughter that she has attained puberty. Just now I looked at her horoscope. It happened at the most inauspicious time. It is going to bring utter disaster for everyone in your family.

The merchant got very upset and asked him,

What can I do now?

The teacher told him,

Nothing to worry. Just put her in a basket and float her in the river. God will take care of her.

The merchant also acted hastily and did whatever he said.

While the basket with the girl was floating in the river a king came for hunting. He saw the box and recovered it from the river. When he saw a beautiful teenager inside he sent her to his palace in his golden palanquin. He had hunted a tiger on the day. He put the wounded tiger in the basket and left it in the river.

The teacher had a cunning plan. He came alone and stopped the box. He took it on the head of workers to his house. In the night he scented himself with all sandal paste and fragrant garlands. He took the box into his private room. Burning with evil desire he asked,

What do you say now my girl? As soon as he opened the box the angry tiger sprang upon him and tore him to pieces.

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A king kept a parrot as a pet. He liked it very much. One day it left the palace and flew with the birds that came from the heaven. The king got worried. But it came back after several days. It brought him a mango stone/ seed from the heaven. Afterwards addressing the king it said,

If you plant this and make it grow, whoever eats of its fruit, old age will forsake him and youth return. The king felt very happy and did bury the seed in his favourite garden. Every day he watered the tree with utmost care and looked after it very well with proper manure.

After some years having come to maturity it put forth buds, flowered, set its young fruit and bore ripe fruits. Immediately on its bearing ripe fruit the king ordered a mango from it to be cut and brought. He wanted to test it first and so gave it to an old man. The man fell down and died. The king was very angry. He thought that the parrot must have brought a poisonous fruit from his enemy. He thought it was a foreign conspiracy. So he took the parrot from its cage swung it round and striking it against the ground killed it. But it was an innocent bird.

What happened was just before the king’s man brought the mango, a snake fell on the fruit and vomited its poison. And a kite took the snake very next minute. So no one knew the poison in the fruit.

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After the death of old man, the tree was known as the poisonous mango tree. Whilst things were so, a washer man siding with his wife, struck his aged mother. The old woman vexed with her son decided to commit suicide. She came to the tree at the dead of night plucked a fruit and ate it. Immediately she became a sixteen-year-old beautiful girl. The servants came to know about it in the morning and took the girl to the king. He was surprised to see her and gave the fruits to some old people. All of them became very young. The king cried saying,

Alas! I have sinned by killing the innocent bird. I am a wretch. From that day he made a vow not to feel angry at any time.

tags – tiger, teacher, girl, king, parrot, poison, mango, youth, old age

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Age Anecdotes (Post No. 3549)

Image of Cicero, Roman emperor

Compiled by London swaminathan


Date: 16 January 2017


Time uploaded in London:- 20–17


Post No.3549



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Fabia Dollabella saying she was thirty years of age.
Cicero answered:”it must be true, for I have heard it these twenty years.



92 year old man after a young girl!

When Oliver Wendel Holmes was still on the Supreme Court bench, he and Justice Brandeis took walk every afternoon. On one of the occasion s, Holmes, then 92, paused to gaze in Frank admiration at a beautiful young girl who passed them. He even turned to look at her as she continued down the street. Then, turning to Brandeis, he sighed, “Oh! what I wouldn’t give to be 70 again!


A farmer called out to Colonel Thomas Hart Benton and inquired to know his age. The Colonel replied, “According to the calendar my age is seventy four, but when anything is to be done I am thirty five years old, sir”.



Bernard Shaw on Youth!

Youth, said Bernard Shaw , ” is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children “.


I do not approve of shadows in painting “, said Queen Elizabeth to Daniel Meyers. ” You must strike off my likeness without shadows.

The queen was near sixty when she said this and the shadows, as she charitably called them were wrinkles big enough to have had a straw in them.


I am 38, only my Mum is 41!

Stirred by the patriotic fervour that swept over the country, an Irish man of 41 tried to enlist in
the army. Although the recruiting sergeant saw that this man would make a good soldier, he could not accept any man over 38.

“Listen, fella”, said the sergeant, ” are you sure of your age? Suppose y ou go home and think it over, and then come back tomorrow.”

Next day the Irish man returned.
“Well,how old are you now? Asked the sergeant.
“I was wrong yesterday “,said the hopeful recruit. ” Sure , I am 38. It’s e old mother who is 41″.


Ex President of USA

In his e extreme old age John Quincy Adams was slowly and feebly walking down a street in Boston. An old friend accosted him and shaking his trembling hand asked, ” and how is john Quincy Adams today?

“Thank you “, said the ex-president, ” John Quincy Adams is well, quite well, I thank you. But the house in which he lives at present is becoming quite dilapidated. It is tottering upon its foundations. Time and the season s have nearly destroyed it. Its roof is pretty well worn out . Its walls are much shattered, and it tremble s with every wind. The old tenement is almost uninhabitable, and I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of. It soon. But he himself is quite well, quite well “.



The Best Wine comes out of an Old Vessel (Post No. 2748)


Compiled  by London swaminathan

Date: 22 April 2016


Post No. 2748


Time uploaded in London :– 14-05


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Picture:-Four generations of British royalty; queen is 90 years old.


1.Mere greying of hair does not make one old-

–Manu Smrti 2-156


2.An old man’s sayings are seldom untrue.


3.An assembly without the aged is not assembly at all

–Hitopadesa 3-61


4.If you wish good advice, consult an old man.


5.Aged people are to be consulted about the stately path

–Satopadesa prabanda


6.An old dog barks not in vain.


7.Wisdom dawns with service to the elderly

–subashita ratna bandagaram 3-601


8.Years know more than books

9.A courtesan though aged is sweet sixteen and the monk though young is a centenarian

10.It is good to follow the old fox

old usa

11.You cannot catch old birds with chaff


12.The best wine comes out of an old vessel


13.An old car well used may outlast a new one abused

14.As the old cock crows, so crows the young

15.You cant teach an old dog new tricks.


16.An old ox makes a straight furrow

17.The king should adhere to the words of the wizened

—Brhat katha manjari


18.Where the old age is evil, youth can learn no good.


19.They are not really old who do not bespeak righteousness

Hitopadesam and Kahavatratnakar


20.Old wives are good maidens

oldest vendor

21.An old man treasures a young wife more dearly than life itself

—Hitopadesam 1-112

22.An old ox will find a shelter for himself


23.Remove an old tree and it will wither to death.



Negative aspects of old age


24.When bees are old, they yield no honey

25.Old cattle breed not.

26.Old age slackens the mind


27.Old age is a hospital that takes in all disease

28.A hundred disorders have old age.

29.Old vessels must leak

30.An old man is a bed full of bones.


gandhi 2

31.Old age is sickness of itself

32.Old churches have dim windows.

33.Old people have to swallow hundreds of difficulties.

Generation gap

34.Youth and age will never agree

35.The old cow thinks that she was never a calf.

36.Old age come stealing on.

37.They that live longest, must die at last.

38.The cure for the old age is the grave


39.The old man has his death before his eyes; the young man

behind his back.


40.Death sends his challenge in a grey hair.



41.Grey hairs are not death’s blossom.

42.Who will give money to the old?

–Brhat katha manjari