The giant and the horse thief


Don't be try to oversmart with anyone & sometimes believe on your mind transactions also
Long ago, there lived a king by the name of Bhadrasen. He had a beautiful daughter, whose name was Ratnavati. Besides these two, there was the third, a giant, living in the nearby forest. The wicked giant had evil designs on princess Ratnavati. The giant loved her and wanted to marry her. But he was unable to lay his hands on the princess because she wore an amulet round her neck, which saved her from all the evils. The giant used to come to the room of the princess and embarrass her in many ways.

Once the giant entered the room of the princess and hid himself behind a long curtain. He heard the princess talking to her friends and saying, "I'm very much pestered by a powerful giant everyday. Can you suggest some way to kill him?"

When the giant heard the words 'powerful giant' he became worried. He thought that the 'powerful giant' must be some other very strong giant who wanted to kidnap the princess as he himself wanted to do. The giant now wanted to catch the other powerful giant and kill him. The giant, then, by his magical powers transformed himself into a horse and began to stay in the stable with other real horses.

One night, a horse thief entered the stable and began looking for the best horse to take along with him. He chose the 'giant horse' and drove away with it.

Now the giant thought that the rider was himself the 'powerful giant'. So the 'giant horse' got frightened. The thief whipped the 'giant horse' and the horse ran faster than before. After sometime, when the thief wanted to stop, he pulled the reins, but the 'giant horse' wouldn't stop. The thief tried his level best to stop the horse, but in vain. Then he came to realise that in fact the horse he was riding was actually a giant because each time he pulled the reins it increased its speed instead of slowing down.

Now trying to find a way to escape from the running 'giant horse', the thief jumped and caught hold of a thick branch, overhead, of the banyan tree when he passed under it. The horse went running straight in his speed. The thief became happy to have escaped like that.

On the banyan tree, there lived a monkey who was a friend of the giant. He knew that the giant had mistaken the rider to be a more powerful giant. So, the monkey, in order to make the giant aware of the fact, said to him, "Why do you run frightened from the human beings?"

The giant understood everything and stopped to kill the thief and eat him. Just then the thief who was hanging by the branch of the tree bit hard the tail of the monkey, which was dangling in front of his face.

The monkey shrieked in pain. The giant once again got confused and thought that the thief was really a 'powerful giant' and would surely kill him. And so, he ran away to save his life.

Panchatantra Stories

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2. Beware of mean friends
3. Brahmadatta, the crab and the snake
4. Courtesy
5. Dantila the trader and gorambha the sweeper
6. Death and lord indra's parrot
7. Dharambuddhi and paapbuddhi
8. Hello! cave
9. King chandra and the monkey chief
10. King nanda and vararuchi
11. Somilaka the weaver
12. The bad lady and the wolf
13. The bats
14. The bear and golu and molu
15. The bird with two heads
16. The brahmin and the delicious dishes
17. The brahmin and the diamonds
18. The brahmin and the snake
19. The brahmin and the three thugs
20. The bullock and the lion
21. The camel with a bell round his neck
22. The cat, the rat and the hunter
23. The clever jackal
24. The cow and the tiger
25. The crow and the monkey
26. The crow and the water pitcher
27. The cunning judge
28. The cunning snake
29. The devta and the weaver
30. The dhobi's donkey
31. The dog in a foreign country
32. The donkey and the cunning fox
33. The donkey and the leopard's skin
34. The donkey who sang a song
35. The fake king
36. The falcon and the crow
37. The fool and the crooks
38. The foolish jackal
39. The four foolish brahmins
40. The four friends and the hunter
41. The fox and the elephant
42. The frog and the serpent
43. The giant and the helpless brahmin
44. The giant and the horse thief
45. The golden bird and the king
46. The golden birds and the golden swans
47. The golden goats
48. The hermit and the jumping rat
49. The horse and the lion
50. The hunter and the doves
51. The jackal and the arrow
52. The jackal and the drum
53. The king and the parrots
54. The king cobra and the ants
55. The lapwings and the sea
56. The lion and the hare
57. The lion and the woodcutter
58. The lion's bad breath
59. The lioness and the young jackal
60. The little mice and the big elephants
61. The louse and the bed-bug
62. The marriage of a snake
63. The merchant and the barber
64. The merchant's son
65. The mice that ate balance
66. The mongoose and the baby in the cradle
67. The monkey and the crocodile
68. The monkey and the log
69. The monkeys and the red berries
70. The mouse and the bull
71. The old greedy crane
72. The old wise crow
73. The peacock and the fox
74. The potter's truth
75. The prince and the bear
76. The prince and the seedling
77. The rabbits and the elephants
78. The revenge of the elephant
79. The rich mohan and the poor sohan
80. The rotating wheel
81. The sage and the mouse
82. The shepherd and the wolf
83. The stag and his antlers
84. The talkative tortoise
85. The thief and the sanyasi
86. The thief, the giant and the brahmin
87. The trick of the crow
88. The useful thief
89. The village mouse visits town mouse
90. The visit of the swan
91. The wind and the sun
92. The wise crab
93. The wolf and the crane
94. The wolf and the lamb
95. Three fish and the fishermen
96. Two fish and a frog
97. United we stand: divided we fall
98. When the lion came back to life
99. Who will bell the cat
100. Why the owls became enemies of the crows

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