Once, there lived four friends. One of them was a waver, the other a
carpenter, the third a goldsmith and the fourth a hawker who sold
vermilion. Every evening, they would meet in the woods and share the
One such evening, they were feeling sad and depressed. "Life is so
boring!" said the weaver. "I spin thread, weave clothes and the day
comes to a close!" "It is the same with me, friend!" said the
hawker. "I buy vermilion from the wholesaler; go hawking through the
village and the day is over." "My life is boring too!" said the
carpenter. "I chop wood and make furniture. Is this the best way to
spend a day?"
said " I am no better, friends! I melt gold, mold it into beautiful
designs and that is the work I do the whole day." So, the four
planned to go to the town in search of new jobs. "Let’s sleep here
tonight and start early morning!" they decided. "But we must take
turns and keep a watch for wild animals." The carpenter was the
first to keep vigil while the other three slept. Suddenly, he saw a
lovely pike of dry wood. He chiseled it, carved a statue of a woman
and placed it on the ground under the tree. Then the carpenter woke
up the goldsmith and went to sleep. "Ah, I feel so refreshed!" the
goldsmith sat up with a yawn. He stretched his limbs and was ready
to keep vigil while his three friends slept. The goldsmith then
noticed the wooden figure. "Beautiful!" he exclaimed. "But she needs
ornaments!" So, he made a gold chain and put it around her neck. He
also made some bangles and a pair of earrings and adorned the
statue. Then keeping the statue under the tree, the goldsmith woke
up the weaver and went to sleep.
The weaver sat up, rubbing his eyes and scratching his head. As he
looked around, he spotted the wooden statue. "How Wonderful."
exclaimed the weaver. Then he went close to the statue and picked it
up in his hands. "Umm.... something is missing!" thought the weaver.
"Yes.... CLOTHES! She should wear a sari."
And then he wove a sari and wrapped the statue in it. "That looks
nice!" said the weaver and smiled to himself. He then placed the
statue under the tree and woke up the hawker to take his turn.
When the hawker sat up, he saw the beautiful statue under the tree."
This is indeed a masterful work of art!" he cried. "I wish someday
to marry a girl as beautiful as her."
The hawker took a pinch of vermilion from his bag and placed it on
the statue's forehead. Much to the hawker's surprise, the statue
came to life and transformed itself into a charming woman! She was
smiling at the hawker. As it was dawn by now, the other three
friends also woke up. Seeing the beautiful woman, they all began to
quarrel as to who should wed her. "I made her,” said the carpenter,
"So I am the correct match for her!" "No, I am the correct match,
since I adorned her," said the goldsmith. "I gave her the clothes,"
said the weaver, "So she is mine." "She wears my vermilion," clamed
the hawker," So I shall wed her." As they quarreled, there came a
wise man. After hearing the story, the wise man said, "He who made
her is her father; he who adorned her is her uncle; he who clothed
her is her brother; but he who put vermilion on her forehead is her
The other three friends agreed and thus the hawker married the woman
and lived happily thereafter.
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