Ramai And Somai





Once two poor men named Ramai and Somai came to a village and took

some waste land from the headman, and ploughed it and sowed millet;

and their plough was only drawn by cows and their ploughshare was

very small, what is called a "stumpy share;" and when they had sowed

a little the rains came on; and Somai gave up cultivation and took

to fishing and for a time he made very good profits by catching and

selling fish; and he did not trouble even to reap the millet he had

sown; he laughed at Ramai who was toiling away clearing more land

and sowing maize and rice. He used to go and look at him and tell

him that he would never get a crop while he had nothing better than a

"stumpy" plough; it would probably break to pieces one day and then he

would be helpless; he had much better take to fishing which gave quick

and easy returns. Ramai made no answer, but when the rains were over

there was no more fishing to be done; and Somai was left to starve

and had to go from village to village begging. But Ramai reaped his

millet and lived on that till his maize was ripe and then his maize

supported him until his rice was ripe and he always had plenty to eat;

and to show his despite for Somai, after he had had a good dinner,

he would come out in front of his house and call out "What of the

stumpy share now?" Every day after eating he would come out and say

"At first I worked hard and suffered hunger but now I am eating in

happiness; and you were happy then but now you are starving."





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