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Hodjaa's Story No 7

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7-Milk for the Mullaa

One day the Mullaa Nasareddeen was going somewhere. He met a man carrying a milk can. The man said to Mullaa, "Mullaa Jee, I have some problem, I want your advice." "Why not, what is that problem?" said the Mullaa eyeing on his milk can.

The man said, "Whenever I get up in the morning, I feel intoxicated. I don't know what to do, and I don't understand what may be the problem." Mullaa asked, "What do you take in the last before you sleep?" The man said, "Normally I drink milk."

The Mullaa said, "Now I understood, this is your problem." "What is that?" asked the man perplexedly. The Mullaa said to him, "Because milk causes the intoxication." "How?" asked the man innocently. Mullaa explained to him, "You drink milk before sleeping. In sleep, you toss around. So milk gets churned. It turns into butter, butter gets churned, it turns into fat. Fat gets churned, it turns into sugar. Then sugar gets churned, and it turns into alcohol. So when you wake up in the morning you wake up with alcohol in your stomach, that is why you feel intoxicated."

"So what do I do?" asked the man in simplicity. Mullaa said, "It is so simple. Don't drink milk. Here, Give it to me." Mullaa literally snatched the milk can from the man and went on his way. The poor man stood there bewildered. He went to Birbal and got his milk back somehow.

One day, the Shaah saw Hodjaa coming on foot, so he promised him to give a horse. Accordingly, he instructed his stable man to give a horse to Hodja. Now, it so happened that the stable man selected a very weak and sick horse from the stable and sent it to Hodja's house. The horse was so weak and sick that it died on the same night it was delivered.

When next day Shaah saw Hodjaa coming on foot again, he asked in surprise, "What happened to your horse, Hodjaa, I arranged one for you yesterday?"
Hodjaa said, "Jahaanpanaah, The horse had a fleet of feet that it crossed the distance from Earth to Heaven in one night only."

Shaah was very sorry to know this, and this time he arranged a very good horse for him.

The End



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/2001
Modified on 06/24/13