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|8-A Dog in a Foreign Country||
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8-A Dog in a Foreign Country
So the Monkey started the story of "A dog in a foreign country" - "In a certain town, there lived a dog, by the name of Chitraang. Once, there was famine in his land and, due to lack of food, the dogs along with the other animals began to starve; some even died. Chitraang couldn't put up with such conditions any longer so he left for a foreign country.
Wandering around he came to an other town. Because of the negligence of a rich lady householder, he could get into the house everyday and gorge himself on various kinds of food, to his heart's content. But no sooner would he come out, than out of spite, the other dogs would surround him and bite him all over his body with their sharp teeth. So he thought to himself, "Oh, it's far better to be in one's own country and live in peace and quiet in spite of famine. I'm going home, I cannot live here any more." And he returned to his own country.
When he came back his home, his relatives gathered around him and asked him many questions, "Chitraang, Tell us the news about the foreign land. What is the country like? How did the people behave? What kind of food do they eat? What do they trade in?" etc etc.
"What can I say about it?" replied Chitraang with a sorrowful face. "In foreign countries, the women are careless and leave all their house doors open. One gets wonderful varieties of food to eat, but there is one disadvantage there. Your own kith and kin torment you to death."
When the Crocodile heard the Monkey's good advice, he made up his mind to fight the other crocodile to the death and, taking leave of his friend, he returned home. He fought his enemy and killed him. He recovered his home and lived happily thereafter.
THE END OF THE FOURTH TANTRA
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Created by Sushma Gupta on August 9, 2007
Modified on 05/06/13