In a village, there once lived a young man with his one-year-old son.
Unfortunately, his wife had died soon after giving
birth to the boy, and as there was no one to look after the baby,
the young man married again. His second wife accepted the
child as her own, and the days went by happily. Soon, they had two
more sons. All three children grew up together. The
man's wife treated all three boys alike, and the two younger boys
never realized they had a stepbrother.
later, the man passed away. Now the responsibilities of the
household fell upon the shoulders of the eldest son.
The young boy managed his duties so well that the family prospered.
This made their neighbors envious. They decided to
create a rift in the family.
So, they told the two younger brothers’, "Do you know your elder
brother is actually your stepbrother?" The boys were
shocked and ran to their mother and complained, "Why do you shower
so much love on your stepson? We must get rid of him
before he takes away our father's property." Their mother was a very
intelligent and wise woman. She instantly had an idea,
and said, "Don't you worry, my sons! I will drive your stepbrother
out of this house tomorrow. Your father's property will
only be yours."
That night she kept awake, waiting for her sons to fall asleep. When
the boys had slept, she sprang up from her bed and
began to scream, "Snake! Snake!" The three boys woke up with a
start. "Where, Mother?" asked the eldest son. "I saw it in
your mouth, son, and then it disappeared into your stomach," replied
his mother. The eldest son was devastated to hear
this. From that day on, he lost his appetite and sleep. He would lie
idle on his bed the entire day. Soon, he became so
weak that he could not even walk. Taking advantage of the situation,
the jealous neighbors built a wall across the three
brother's courtyard and captured the land. They even seized their
farm and implements. Now the younger sons were worried. "Mother!" said one of them,"If our elder brother was not bed-ridden,
such terrible things would not have happened!"
His mother nodded, smiling to herself that her younger sons had
realized the importance of her eldest son. That night, she
started shouting again, "Snake! Snake!" "Where is it, Mother?"
murmured the eldest son. "It came of your stomach," replied
the mother, "and slithered out of the house." "Really?" the eldest
son cried of joy.
From that day, his condition started improving. Soon, he was up on
his feet and back to work. "Who dared to capture my
land?" he thundered. The neighbors were frightened. They pulled down
the wall without a word. Then, they vacated the farm
and returned the implements. Thus, the eldest son brought back the
smiles on his family's faces. And having learnt a
valuable lesson, the three brothers lived in peace and harmony for a
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