Long, long ago, there lived a poor Brahmin. He was a very lazy man and never liked to work hard. How could he and his family survive? There were hard always quarrels between the Brahmin and his wife. One evening, after a serious quarrel, the Brahmin decided to leave the house and go to some other place to try his luck. The next morning, his wife made some snacks for him to eat on his way. She also packed seven rotis in a cloth and gave it to the Brahmin.
The Brahmin took the snacks with him and left the house. In the afternoon, he sat under a tree to rest for some time. He was very hungry. So, he untied the cloth in which his wife had put the rotis. Looking at the rotis, he said, “I am so hungry that I will eat all the seven in one sitting.”
Now it so happened three lived seven fairies that tree. They were frightened on hearing the words of the Brahmin. They thought that the Brahmin wanted to eat them. They immediately came down and fell at his feet and said, “O kind Brahmin! Please do not eat us. If you spare us, we will give you a magic goat. Whenever this goat opens her mouth to graze, gold coins drop out from it.”
The Brahmin realized that the fairies had misunderstood his words. However, the promised the fairies that he would not eat them up. The fairies also kept their word and gave him the magic goat. The Brahmin took the goat and left for his home. The fairies then disappeared.
On his way home, the Brahmin came to the village where his friend lived. It was growing dark, so he decided to put up at his friend’s house for that night. The friend welcomed him warmly. They had dinner together. The Brahmin told him everything about the fairies and the magic goat. Tired, the Brahmin then went to sleep.
When the Brahmin was fast asleep, his friend got up and crept out the house. He went to the goat and gave her some grass to eat. As soon as the goat opened her mouth to eat the grass, gold coins dropped out from her mouth. The Brahmin’s friend collected all the gold coins and hid them safely in a box. But suddenly he had an idea! Why not steal the goat? The friend wanted to own the magic goat, so he replaced her with an ordinary one.
The next morning, the Brahmin woke up and proceeded on his journey home. When he reached his house, he told his wife about the magic goat. She was thrilled to hear his story. The Brahmin brought some grass and put it before the goat to eat. The goat opened her mouth to eat the grass, but alas! Not a single gold coin dropped out from her mouth. The Brahmin’s wife was furious and said, “what a foolish man you are! Those fairies have cheated you.”
The Brahmin was shocked and disappointed. The next morning, the Brahmin went back to the forest and stood under the same tree. He said, “O fairies! You have cheated me. The goat does not give any gold coins. You have not kept your word. I will now eat all of you.”
The fairies said, “O Brahmin! We have not cheated you. We do not know why the goat did not give you any gold coins. But this time, we are giving you a magic pan. This pan will prepare the dishes of your choice and lay them before you in a matter of minutes. Call out the name of the dish you desire and then look into the pan. You will get that dish prepared in a flash.”
The Brahmin took the magic pan and left for his house. It was growing dark and once again he reached his friend’s village. This time too, he decided to stay with him. The friend welcome the Brahmin and they had dinner together. While they were taking, the Brahmin told him about the magic pan. After dinner, the tired Brahmin went to bed and soon, was fast asleep. His friend now wanted to have the magic pan. He got up at night and put an ordinary pan in place of the magic one.
The next day, the Brahmin took the pan and returned home. He told his wife about the magic pan. She was happy to see it and asked the Brahmin to demonstrate its power. The Brahmin did exactly as he was told by the fairies, but it was all in vain. He did not get anything from the pan.
This time, his wife was very angry and said, “once again, those fairies have cheated you. Go back to them. I warn you do not spare them this time.”
Once again, the Brahmin went to the fairies and shouted, “hey, you fairies! You have cheated me once again. Now I will not spare you.”
The fairies said “O Brahmin! Please calm down. Believe us, we have not cheated you. But we feel that somebody you met on your way has cheated you.” The Brahmin told the fairies about all the place where he had stayed and all the people he had met on his way home. The fairies understood everything and said, “your friend is the one who has cheated you. He replace our magic thing with ordinary once. But this time we are giving you a magic rope and a magic stick. Take them and go to your friend’s house.”
The Brahmin put the magic rope and the magic stick in his bag and went to his friend’s house. He was welcomed by his friend and they had dinner together. The Brahmin did not tell him anything about the magic things, but went to sleep quietly.
When the Brahmin was fast asleep, his friend got up and started searching his bag. But what a shock! The magic rope and the magic stick came out of the bag. The friend was tied by the rope and the stick started hitting him hard on his back. The friend screamed for help and requested the Brahmin to save his life. The Brahmin did not say a word but enjoyed the scene. The magic stick beat the Brahmin’s friend black and blue.
At lest, his friend confessed that he had stolen the magic goat and the magic pan and promised to return them. The Brahmin asked the stick to stop hitting and ordered the rope to untie him. The friend returned the magic goat and the magic pan to the Brahmin.
The Brahmin came back home with all the magic things. The magic goat and the magic pan made his life very easy and comfortable.
The Brahmin and his wife lived happily ever after. They never had to use the magic rope and the magic stick.