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Greedy Govind

Greedy Govind - Themes of Literary Works

Greedy Govind

Once there was a rich man named Govind, who lived in a big house in a coastal city. One day he wanted to buy a coconut. He went to a coconut vendor and asked him the price of a coconut.

“Seven rupees each,” said the vendor. “Seven rupees?” That’s too much. I’ll
pay you five rupees.” said Govind.

“If you go a mile ahead, you’ll get it there for five rupees.” said the vendor.

Govind said to himself. “Money is very precious. I don’t mind walking a mile to
save a rupee.”

So he walked a mile ahead and saw a coconut vendor. He asked him the price
of a coconut. “Five rupees each,” said the vendor.

“Five rupees? That’s too much. I’ve walked all this way. You can reduce the
price by a rupee at least! I’ll pay you three rupees,” said Govind.

“If you go a mile ahead, you’ll get it there for three rupees,” said the vendor.

Again Govind said to himself, “Money is very precious. I don’t mind walking a
mile to save a rupee.”

So he walked a mile ahead and saw a coconut vendor. He asked him the price
of a coconut. “Three rupees each,” said the vendor.

“Three rupees? That’s too much. You must be getting it straight from the tree!
How much profit do you want? I’ll pay you one rupee,” said Govind.

“If you go a mile ahead, you will reach the beach. There you’ll get it for one
rupee,” said the vendor.

Theme:

Greediness will lead to problem

This story shows how greediness will lead to problems.  Though money is precious, it has to be spent where ever needed. Keeping the money idle in safe lockets will be of no use. Being greedy and keeping the money with oneself may finally result in spending it at large.

Again Govind said to himself, “Money is very precious. I don’t mind walking a
mile to save a rupee.”

So Govind walked a mile ahead and reached the beach. There were many
coconut vendors there. Govind went to one of them and asked him the price of a
coconut.

‘One rupee each,” said the vendor. “One rupee? That is too much. I’ll pay you fifty paise,” said Govind.

The vendor said, “Why don’t you climb up one of these coconut trees and get one for nothing?”

That’s right,” said Govind, and climbed up a coco nut tree. He tightly held a coconut between two hands to pluck it from the
tree. But just then his legs lost their hold of the trunk and he hung
in the air. He swung in the air for some time. Then he fell down on the sandy beach. He got a coconut just for a few scratches on his body and a fracture in his leg.

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