U. Mahesh Prabhu

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Bhoja Raja’s perspective on Fortune

Bhoja Raja, one of the illustrious rulers to have ruled this land. He was a fine philanthropist who’d distribute gifts to the needy coming from far and near according to their wishes on a daily basis. His generosity didn’t go well with many, including a minister named Rohak. He was convinced that he had to do something in order to “restrain” the audacious donations by the king. But he had no courage to speak up in front of the king. He, therefore, got inscribed this saying on the gateway of the court: “One must save money for the rainy day.”

Next day, while entering the court, Raja Bhoja saw this inscription. On inquiry he could not find out the name of the person who had got these words inscribed. Then he ordered that underneath the above inscription this sentence should be inscribed: “How can the fortunate come to grief?” The minister read this and had another sentence inscribed written below, which read: “Even fortune frowns sometimes.” The Raja read this one also and had another sentence written there: “When fortune frowns even the saved up treasures are destroyed.”

In the end, the minister just gave up admitting a prompt apology.

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