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Friday, December 13, 2013

A Garhwali Folktale for Asian Managers

A Thief on the Mezzanine (Mathi Baithyun Chor): A Garhwali Folktale for Asian Managers  

Garhwali Folktales, Fables, Traditional stories, Community Narratives for Effective Managers, Effective executives, Effective Boss, Effective Supervisors or Stories for Effective management from Garhwal part- 17  

                         Translated by: Bhishma Kukreti

               There was an old woman living alone in her house in a village. On one night, the old woman cooked sweet rice-milk pudding (Kheer) in the kitchen. She took Kheer and put the balance Kheer pot nearby earthen oven (that was still hot by hot ash) and went for sleep on her cot in the kitchen after closing the door. There was mezzanine floor in the kitchen too. The old woman slept soundly.
            On the same night, thieves came, adjusted the door and entered into her room cum kitchen.
  Those thieves took Kheer. Kheer was still hot. Suddenly, from the cot, the old woman’s hand came out of her blanket. The thieves thought that old woman was asking for Kheer. One thief put hot Kheer on her palm. Due to hotness, old woman wake up and started calling loudly,” There are Thieves! ”
Thieves hid here and there under something in the same room. One thief hid into a cereal vessel on the narrow mezzanine floor.
      Villagers came to rescue her. They searched but could not find the thieves. The villagers thought that the woman had gone into illusion. They went saying that there is no thief.
 The old woman told,” He who is above (God) would definitely know the truth. The thief hiding on mezzanine floor thought that the woman was saying that she was saying the man hiding above (in mezzanine) ate the Kheer. The ego of thief was hurt very badly and he shouted,” Why do you blame only me? Those who are hiding down also took Kheer. They would also know the truth.”
  

** Garhwali Traditional Story taken from Garhwali Gadya Ki Parmapra by Dr. Anil Dabral. Page 164

Copyright @ Bhishma Kukreti 10/12/2013 for review and interpretation
Garhwali Folktales, Fables, Traditional stories for Managers,/executives, boss, supervisors or Stories for management from Garhwal to be continued…
                  References
1-Bhishma Kukreti, 1984, Garhwal Ki Lok Kathayen, Binsar Prakashan, Lodhi Colony, Delhi 110003
2- Bhishma Kukreti 2003, Salan Biten Garhwali Lok Kathayen, Rant Raibar, Dehradun
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