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How did this piece of wisdom help the receiver?
The king was able to find out the conspiracy hatched against him by the minister and the queen. He saved his own life by following Nagendra’s piece of wisdom.
What kind of a boy was Nagendra?
Nagendra was a clever boy. He had learnt many things by observing his father.
What did Nagendra spend his money on?
Nagendra spent his money on paper, ink and a pen.
What did the placard over Nagendra’s shop say?
It said ‘Wisdom for Sale’.
Why did Gupta sign a document?
Gupta’s son Babu paid a nickel and bought a piece of wisdom from Nagendra. Gupta became angry because everyone knew that one should not stand and watch two people fighting.
He went to Nagendra and demanded his money back. He even threatened to call the police. Nagendra asked him to return his wisdom. Gupta threw the piece of paper at him. Nagendra said he had returned only the paper and not the wisdom.
If he wanted his money back, he should sign a document which said, his son would never use his advice and that he would always stand and watch people fighting. The passers-by also supported Nagendra. So, Gupta signed the document and thought that he had undone what his son had foolishly done.
Why did Babu stand and watch the maid’s quarrel? Babu remembered his father’s contract with Nagendra and
He went to watch the maids quarrel.
How much did the king pay for a piece of wisdom?
The king paid a hundred thousand rupees.
Describe how the king was benefitted from the piece of wisdom.
The king bought a piece of wisdom from Nagendra for a hundred thousand rupees. Nagendra gave him a piece of paper on which was written ‘Think deeply before you do anything’.
He made it his motto. He got it embroidered on his pillows and engraved on his cups and plates. Sometime later he fell ill. The minister and one of the queens had been conspiring to kill him. They bribed the doctor and persuaded him to poison the king’s medicine.
The poisoned medicine was brought to him in a golden cup. He lifted the cup to drink, saw the words engraved on it, lowered the cup and looked at the medicine deep in thought.
Though the king did not suspect anything, the doctor who was watching thought that the king had guessed that his medicine had been poisoned. The doctor’s guilty conscience made him to fall at the king’s feet and confess everything.
The king got him arrested. He sent for his queen and the minister and ordered them to drink the poison in his cup. They also fell at his feet and begged for mercy. But, the king sentenced them to death and banished the doctor from his kingdom. He then appointed Nagendra as his minister.