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A Suitable Match

King Dheer Singh of Umeed Nagar was a noble statesman and was well loved and respected by the people of his kingdom. He was known to be kind and just. The King had three lovely daughters. All three were kind and humble like their father. The king was proud of all, however his youngest daughter, princess Indu was dearest to him. The king's two older daughters were happily married to princes from nearby states. But for his youngest daughter, he was unable to find a suitable match. This matter was keeping the king worried. Sensing something was amiss, one day when the king was resting in his quarters, the princess came to meet her father. She questions him on the reason for his unhappiness. On hearing the cause for her father's worries, Indu says "Father, do not despair. I do not aspire for the riches, I would like to marry a man who is kind to all and has a heart of gold." Noting that his daughter was very humble, the king was very happy.
The king wanting to fulfill his daughter's wish devises a plan to find a suitable match for her. That night, the king left the palace in disguise as a poor beggar. First he came upon the house of a rich merchant. He looks through the window and notices that the merchant had a son of marriageable age. The king decides he must test them. The merchant's wife was serving dinner to the merchant and his son. The king dressed as the poor beggar knocks on the door. The young man opens the door. "What do you want?" he asked angrily. "I am a poor man and would like something to eat" said the King. "Go away" said the young man. On hearing his son talk to someone the merchant asks him "Who is it?" "Father, there is an old beggar asking for food" said the boy. "Ask him to go away, if I start feeding all these beggars all my money will be spent on them" said the merchant. The king leaves the house annoyed. He next came upon the house of a poor old Brahmin. Peering through the window he sees that the old man is lying on the bed looking very ill and a young man is sitting close by taking care of him. The king knocks on the door. The young man opens the doors. The king tells him " I am a poor man and would like something to eat". The young man asks the king to wait. The king looks through the window and sees the young man emptying the contents of the vessel into two plates. The young man brings one of the plates and offers it to the king. He says" sorry, there is very little food that I can offer you. I have some food left for my poor father, but the rest you can have". Hearing this, the king asks "but what will you eat, dear boy?" "Oh, do not bother about me. I am young and fit so can easily forgo a meal. But you, dear old man must eat otherwise you will fall ill" said the young man. The king was very happy and leaves the place having made his decision.
The next morning a messenger is sent by the king to the houses of the merchant and the Brahmin asking them to appear in the king's court at an appointed hour. The merchant, his son and the young Brahmin boy appear before the king. The king narrates the previous night's incident and lets them know that the poor beggar was he, the king himself. Hearing this, the merchant and his son were very ashamed of themselves. The king declares to his court "This young man here had shown exceptional kindness to an old beggar when he himself had very limited means. I am very happy with him and offer my youngest daughter's hand in marriage to him". Princess Indu was very happy with her father's choice for her groom. The princess was married off to the young man and they lived happily ever after.

Vimala Misra

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