Aesop was sitting on a tree stump. Around him were the townspeople—eager to hear a story.
“Not so long ago” began Aesop, “there was a husband and wife.”
“Once they went to a shop to do some gift shopping for Durga Puja. The wife was selecting the saris and the husband was watching paint dry on walls.
Presently, she was shown a sari by the officious storekeeper. It was worth 50 gold coins. The excited wife told her husband:
‘Wow what a beautiful sari’.
The husband looked into her brown eyes and said:
‘You want to buy it for yourself?’
She said ‘No no, not today. Today we buy gifts for others.’
He said: ‘Buy it for yourself since you like it so much.’
The shopkeeper piped in: ‘ Excellent choice madam. Only one such beautiful sari in the entire boutique in this price range. Else we can go up to 100 gold coins, and then saris are all this beautiful. But at this price, only piece—it’s a steal madam’.
‘Actually this is your mother’s favorite color. Why dont we buy it for her?’
The husband exclaimed: ‘For my mother? Oh we can get her anything…I know you want this..so go ahead buy it’
‘No really, my darling hubby. I so want to buy this for your mother. She will like it so much. ‘
‘But you liked it..’
‘It’s okay darling. I really mean it. She is your mother and I know you want to give her something really special.’
Turning to the shopkeeper: ‘Please pack this up’
The husband looked at his wife wistfully and held her hand as if saying ‘Thank you’
The wife glanced back with a sweet smile and went on choosing other saris.
The next day, the husband went to another shop, bought a sari for 100 gold coins and gave it to his wife.
‘Surprise’ he said as his wife exclaimed in delight…
With tears in her eyes, she exclaims: ‘ Oh you shouldn’t have….oooh it’s so lovely….’
‘You are the best wife a man could ever have.’
‘Likewise’ she said as she rushed in to try on her new gorgeous sari.”
“So what’s the moral of the story, oh wise Aesop?” asked a listener.
The sage smiled. And just said:
“Kahe do na, kahe do na, You are my Sonia.”