The Wind And The Sun

: Part I.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

Once the Wind and the Sun disputed as to which was the more

powerful. And while they were quarreling a man came by wrapped

in a shawl and wearing a big pagri. And they said "It is no good

quarrelling; let us put our power to the test and see who can deprive

this man of the shawl he has wrapped round him." Then the Wind asked

to be allowed to try first and said "You will see that I will blow

away the blanket in no time," and the Sun said, "All right, you go

first." So the Wind began to blow hard; but the man only wrapped

his shawl more tightly round him to prevent its being blown away and

fastened it round himself with his pagri; and though the Wind blew

fit to blow the man away, it could not snatch the shawl from him;

so it gave up and the Sun had a try; he rose in the sky and blazed

with full force and soon the man began to drip with sweat; and he took

off his shawl and hung it on the stick he carried over his shoulder

and the Wind had to admit defeat.