Two Parrot Anecdotes!


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date : 5 September  2015

Post No. 2128

Time uploaded in London : – 20-05

A certain old maid had a parrot which swore vigorously. She was used to the bird, but was in the habit of covering every Sunday in order it remained silent on that day. It chanced on a Monday morning, after the cover had been removed, that the old lady saw the minister come up the walk to pay a call. Hastily she replaced the cover on the cage; hearing the parrot observe as she moved towards the door, “This has been a damn short week!”

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In the days of luxurious trans-Atlantic travel, shipboard entertainments frequently drew upon the professional talents to be found in the passenger list. On one occasion, the program followed up the performance of a remarkable parrot with a brief demonstration by a travelling magician. The parrot’s cage had been shoved to the one side of the stage when the magician came on for his act. Holding up a pack of cards, the man covered it with a hand kerchief, waved his hand, and the pack of cards disappeared. The parrot, looking on from the wings, cocked its head to one side. Next the magician took a book, covered it with a scarf, waved his hand, and the book disappeared. The parrot meditatively scratched its head with its claw. Taking a cloak, the magician threw it over a chair, waved his hand, and the chair disappeared. The parrot hopped up and down on its perch in the growing excitement.

In the next moment the ship was struck by a submerged iceberg; split in two, the lights were extinguished, there were screams and cries, and shortly afterwards nothing was left on the black night sea save the parrot clinging  to a piece of driftwood, bobbing up and down on the waters. The bird looked about at the dreary scene for a moment, and then said, “Marvellous! Marvellous!”

–From Thesaurus of Anecdotes

Folk Tale: Haste makes Waste


Article No. 2085

Written by London swaminathan
Date : 19 August  2015
Time uploaded in London :– 19-44

Indian villagers are very clever; they may be illiterates, but they are full of age old wisdom. Indians could hardly tell a story without introducing some proverbs into it.  They taught high principles through stories and proverbs.  For every proverb they have several stories. It differs from region to region and language to language. Here is a story about a parrot and a poison tree.

A king was very fond of parrots. He raised lot of parrots in his palace garden. One day all the parrots from the king’s garden flew to the paradise. There they found a fruit that will give back the youth to anyone. One of the parrots picked up one seed of that miraculous tree and gave it to the king. The parrot told him to plant it in the garden so that the king can eat it when the fruit comes. King became so happy and he placed the parrot in a special golden cage and looked after it very well.


The king did plant it in the garden and the tree gave fruits in a few years’ time. King plucked one fruit from the tree and gave it to an old man to see whether it brings back the youth to that old man. But he died immediately. The reason was that an eagle that killed a poisonous snake pecked at the fruit. So the fruit was poisoned. But the king did not know it. Without trying to find out the cause of death of the old man, the king became very angry and thought that someone set the parrot to kill him by giving a poisonous fruit. He went to the special cage, took the parrot and dashed it to the ground. The parrot had a miserable death.


A few months later, a farmer decided to kill his wife because she became very old and ugly. Since he knew the story of the poisonous tree, he picked up a fruit and gave to his wife with the intention of killing her. To his surprise, she suddenly became a beautiful 16 year old girl. In those days any valuable item found or any unusual miracle happens, immediately the person reports it to the king. Kings used to reward them for such things. So he ran to the king and reported the miraculous fruit tree to the king. Now the king realised his mistake in killing the parrot. The parrot was right about the fruit tree. But the king acted in haste. He regretted his hasty action.

True Story: Everything happens for good


Article No. 2068

Written by London swaminathan

Date : 13  August  2015

Time uploaded in London :–  20-04

(Pictures are used from various sources)

A poor devotee of God was a householder, had his hut near a forest. In his house, besides his wife, there was a bull which was used as a beast of burden. It was the soul means of livelihood for the couple, for on its back articles were carried out for sale by its master. There was also in the house a dog which was useful for keeping guard and protecting them in the woodland. The devotee had in addition a parrot of which he and his wife were very fond, as they had no children. The parrot when the night passed and the day dawned, used to wake up the couple by calling out, “Awake, and pray to God!”

One day, it so chanced, a lion from the forest came and killed the bull belonging to the poor householder. The dog, being afraid of the lion, ran inside the house and hid himself. The householder got up in the morning and when he saw the dead body of the bull, he exclaimed, “It is well done, God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”


Hearing these words, his wife was greatly displeased, but she did not say anything. Misfortunes, however, never come single. Later on, that day, the parrot somehow came out of its cage and was killed by the dog. When the master of the house heard of the incident, he repeated, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

On hearing these words, this time his wife became desperate and beat her own head. She became so distressed over these remarks that she did not even try to express her feelings to her husband. A short time afterwards, somebody told them that their dog was rolling in agony in the street. It died soon after.  The master of the hose again said, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

Seething with anger, his wife now was unable to control herself and told him, “What do you mean by repeating such senseless words? Without any means of livelihood, now remain in the house and starve. Take to your bed and sleep till morning. The bull that gave us food, and the parrot that was waking us up in the morning have both gone. The faithful dog also died.  This night someone will send us also to the cremation ground.  Then you will realise the God’s goodness”

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“What has happened cannot be changed,” said the man, who was perfectly calm and cheerful. He took everything as god’s grace. He was quite unperturbed by his wife’s ironical outburst. But his wife was feeling very miserable. She was worried as to how they would eke out their livelihood.

The day passed and the night came. Both slept. When they woke up in the morning and went out, they saw in the whole town dead bodies scattered lying everywhere. In the night, a gang of dacoits had entered the town and had left not a single person alive.  They had looted every house and taken vessels from the homes. A house near the jungle, without a dog, is generally taken to be unoccupied. So, thinking, that the cottage of this couple was vacant and deserted, the dacoits did not enter it. Thus the God had really saved them in his mysterious way.

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The man said to his wife now, “if our dog was there with us, the dacoits would have entered the house and surely killed us also. Even if the bull had been seen by them, they would not have spared us. The parrot too would have been a source of danger to us. If it had shouted before dawn to wake us up, the dacoits would have heard it and got scent of us. God, who in all kindness, had arranged the death of all these three beforehand in order to save us. It is on account of this that we are alive today. Do you now doubt that all that happens is for good?”

What can a Parrot Teach You?

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Research Article No. 2053

Written by London swaminathan

Date : 8  August  2015

Time uploaded in London :– 16.27


There is a proverb in Sanskrit, “Bandanamaayaanti sukaah, yatheshta sanchaarinah Kaakaah”.

“The crows are flying freely, the parrots are caged”.

There is an equivalent proverb in Tamil, “It is the fruit laden tree that gets most hits (by stones).

The message is “if you have anything in excess, you are abused. In the olden days the talented poets were “slaves” of the kings. Very often there were conflicts between the kings and the scholars and they left the country in anger. We have plenty of stories in our literature.

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Women are compared to parrots because of their beauty and sweet voice. A most beautiful woman was also a security risk. Alauddin Khilji wanted to take Chittoor Rani Padmini, the most beautiful Rajput princess, but she entered fire with her retinue before she was molested by the Muslim invaders.

Parrots were caged because of their ability of mimicry and its beauty.

Even brides are compared to parrots. Whenever a bride is married to an unsuitable man, then they used to say, Is it right to rear a parrot and then leave it to the claws of a cat? (Tamil Proverb)

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Parrot and a Cheat

A merchant bought a parrot and taught the words NO DOUBT ABOUT IT to it. He used to prepare everything in advance to suit the answer ‘ no about it’ and then ask the question. One day he dug the ground and then buried some god coins without anybody’s knowledge. Then he called everyone and said that his parrot can even find treasures buried under the ground. He took the parrot to the place where he buried the gold coins and asked the question: “ Is there a treasure under the ground?” The parrot screeched “No doubt about it”. To the amazement of everyone he dug up the ground and took 1000 gold coins and showed to everyone.

A greedy person approached the merchant and bought the parrot for a higher price. He took it to some place where everyone  said that an old treasure has been there for a very long time. He asked the parrot, “Is there a reassure buried under the ground here?” The parrot said ,”No doubt about it”. He dug up the ground and nothing was there. The parrot repeated the words every time he asked the question. So he brought more men and dug up the ground deeper and deeper. At last he was disappointed. He shouted in anger, “Are you fooling me? Did you put dirt into my mouth?”

The parrot repeated the same words: No doubt about it.

Then only he realised that he was fooled by the merchant who sold the parrot to him.

No doubt, he sold it to another fool.

Tamil poets and saints used to sing apostrophes to birds and one of them is parrot.


Following two Stories are from my old articles:

Parrot and Mirror

The method by which a parrot is taught to speak is unique. The trainer places a big mirror in front of the newly caught parrot and talks to it from behind the mirror. The parrot thinks that another parrot is teaching it to talk and imitates the voice of the trainer. Trained in this manner, the parrot, picking up the language of the trainer, begins to talk fluently in the human language.

This is how a saint teaches his disciples. Apparently it is human being who is instructing them, but, verily, it is God hidden in the Guru that gives illuminating advice to the disciples. So, whenever the aspirant receives instructions from the Guru, he should consider that such instructions come from God himself. Truly, God and Guru are one.

Freedom is the Goal

In a war in Europe, a sailor was captured by the enemy and was put into prison. After fifteen years he was released, as the warring countries contracted an alliance through a treaty. On the day of release, a friend placed in his hands a purse containing £50/- When the sailor was passing through the streets, he saw a shop in which he saw various species of birds in cages kept for sale. He went up to the shop and bought all the cages from the money he possessed and, by opening the trap doors of the cages, set free the imprisoned birds one by one. The shop man was astounded at this. He asked why the sailor having bought the birds at such high prices, released them all.


The sailor replied, “You see, I alone know what it is to be in prison, being denied the privilege of freedom. For fifteen years I have suffered prison life. I could not bear to see these birds unhappy in their cages”.

Similarly, a saint having attained spiritual liberation himself is eager to release others from the bondage of ignorance.