After much effort, the righteous King finally managed to capture the ghost in the forest and was on his way to his Kingdom, with the ghost on his back.
The ghost initially struggled and whimpered and then settled comfortably by resting on the King's back. The ghost narrated the following story to the King to pass the time:
There were two brothers named Kumar and Swaraj, who were the suitors of two sisters- Priya & Chanchal.
When the marriage-proposal arrived, the elder brother, Kumar, had no demands while the younger brother, Swaraj, wanted to set some tests for the sisters to get to know the girls better and find out who's the suitable and right match for him and his brother.
Swaraj found that the younger sister, Chanchal, was efficient and she could make perfect round-shaped Rotis*. Chanchal was also very stylish, presentable, smart and a perfectionist. She was proud and had the gift of the gab that could inflict pain or make the listener experience pleasure, just as she wished.
On the other hand, the elder sister, Priya, took extra time and she could not make round-shaped Rotis. She was simple, gentle, humble and shy. Priya neither had any special achievements nor beauty that she could boast of. But, Priya had an artistic bent of mind and her sweet-natured and docile ways were charming.
Swaraj chose the smart girl- Chanchal to be his wife, while he felt the simple girl- Priya was suitable for his brother.
After narrating the story, the ghost asked the King, "Tell me, O King! Did Swaraj make the right choice? Did he select the perfect match for his elder brother and himself? Wasn't Swaraj being selfish & unjust by choosing the girl who made 'Round Rotis' to be his wife & not his brother's?"
The King had his answer ready with detailed analysis:
"I feel Swaraj has well-judged the suitable girls and made the right choice for himself and his brother. Marriage must be between two people who have similar personalities and tastes.
Swaraj was not unjust in choosing the elder sister- Priya for his elder brother- Kumar. Like Priya, Kumar was also shy and reserved and that's why he had no issues about entrusting his family the job of choosing the girl for him. Both Priya and Kumar being elder siblings make a good compatible pair.
Getting the younger sister-Chanchal married to his elder brother would not have augured well for their marital life, as their mindsets would have clashed and they might not have been happy.
Swaraj could judge that Chanchal was the right match for him as they both had outgoing personalities and looked for perfection. They were younger siblings too.
Other important qualities need to be matched as criteria to choose a bride, rather than just Roti-making!
As far as making Round Rotis is concerned, it's an art that comes with practice! Anyone who makes a sincere attempt to learn, can improve her or his Roti-making skills!
Besides, Round Rotis don't taste better than non-round ones!"
As usual, the ghost was impressed and agreed with the just King's wise answer!
*Roti- Round-shaped 'Indian Bread' made out of the dough of flour and water/milk and cooked and eaten with curry or cooked vegetables or pulses.
This story has been inspired by the legend of Vikram-Betaal of India. This is my original creation based on the theme of the wise King and the ghost, who narrated stories and asked questions. If you liked this story, you will love to read the hundreds of tales of Vikram-Betaal!