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SHORT STORY: THE MISER AND HIS GOLD

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    Once an old miser lived in a house that had a garden. Where, the miser hid all his gold coins, in a pit, beneath some stones. Every day, before going to bed, the miser used to go near the pit, where, he had hid his gold, to count the coins. He continued this routine day after day, but not once, did he ever spend the gold that he had saved.

    One day, a thief who used to track the old miser’s routine, waited for the old man to get into his house. And after it was dark, the thief went to the pit, where the gold coins lay hidden, and stole all the gold. The next day, the old miser found that his treasure was empty and he started crying loudly.

    Upon hearing the shrill cry his neighbour enquired, ‘What happened? Why are you crying?’  Miser told the neighbour about the gold theft. Upon learning, what had happened the neighbour asked, “Why didn’t you keep the gold inside the house? It would’ve been easier for you to access it, when you had to buy something, and even difficult for the thief to steal it.”

    “Buy!! What buy?” Said the miser. “I have never used the gold to buy anything, and I was never going to spend it.”

    On hearing this the neighbour caught his head in disbelief. He threw a stone in the pit and said, “If that was the case you could have saved stones, for it was as worthless as the gold you have lost.”

    Moral of the story: A possession is as worthy as its usage. The miser’s gold was useless as he was never going to spend it.

By Kamlesh Tripathi

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