ENGLISH BLOG-FAIRY TALES
Little children love to imagine themselves in the land of fairy tales.
KANKANMALA AND KANCHANMALA
(Story of an imposter and a queen)
Once upon a time, there lived a prince and a shepherd boy. They were very good friends. The prince promised to make the shepherd boy his prime minister when he becomes the king.
They both spend their time happily together. After grazing the sheep in the fields, the shepherd boy sits under a tree. The prince joins him. The shepherd plays on his flute and the prince listens to him. In this way, the two friends passed their days happily.
THE PRINCE BECOMES THE KING IN THE FAIRY TALES
Now the prince has become the king. The new king has a beautiful queen, Kanchanmala. He also has his treasury full of riches.
And what about the shepherd boy? The new king forgot his old friend.
One day the shepherd came to the palace, “My friend, you didn’t show your queen to me!”
But the royal guards turned him out. With a heavy heart, he went away, nobody knew where.
WHAT HAPPENS THE NEXT MORNING IN FAIRY TALES?
The king wakes up the next morning. But he couldn’t open his eyes. What is the matter, what has happened? – The queen sees, and everyone sees. The king is covered with needles! There are needles all over his face and body. Even every hair of the king has turned into a needle.
The king can neither eat, nor sleep. He can’t even speak. But the king understood everything. He had not kept his promise. And now he is punished for his sin. However, he can’t tell anybody all this.
He was sad. Queen Kanchanmala with a heavy heart somehow carried on with the state affairs.
One day the queen goes to the river to bathe. A very beautiful maid comes and says, – “Queen if you buy a bondwoman, I’ll be your slave.” The queen says, – “If you pluck the needles off the king, I’ll buy a bondwoman.” The slave agrees. And the queen buys a bondwoman with her bangle and names her Kankanmala.
FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALE CHARACTER
The bondwoman now says, “O my queen, you look so tired. Your ornaments don’t fit you. You keep your ornaments aside. I’ll give you a good bath.
She takes off the ornaments from the queen and says, – “O queen, please dip into the river.”
THE QUEEN AND THE BONDWOMAN FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALE CHARACTER
The queen dips in the river. At the wink of an eye, the slave puts on the queen’s dress and ornaments. She then calls out, –
“Maid, O maid,
How long will you bathe!
On the bank is waiting the queen;
Where is the palanquin?
The queen comes out of the river to see that the slave has become the queen and the queen is now a slave. The queen strikes her forehead.
FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALES
No sooner did Kankanmala enter the palace than she flew into a rage. She screams at the ministers, – “Why didn’t you send any palanquin to bring me back from the river?” She orders their death sentence.
Everybody is shocked and scared. Kankanmala sat on the throne while Kanchanmala remained a bondwoman. The king knew nothing about this.
FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALES
Kanchanmala weeps while doing the household chores, –
“With the bangle of my hand, I bought a maid,
She became the queen, and I became a slave.
What sin ruined the kingdom of the king
And what sin ruined the fate of the queen?”
The king, too, is in a very miserable state. Flies surround him. Needles pierce him. There’s neither anyone to fan him, and nor to care for him!
KANCHANMALA MEETS A MAN FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALE CHARACTER
One day Kanchanmala goes to the river bank to wash some clothes. She sees a man sitting under a tree with yearns of thread. The man is reciting, –
“A thousand needle I get,
Then I eat date!
If I get needles five thousand,
I’d get a wife and become her husband!
If a million needles come –
An Emperor I become!!”
Queen quietly goes up to the man and says, “O man, I can give you the needles you want. But can you pluck them?”
The man quietly picks up his bag of thread and follows the queen.
On the way to the palace, Queen pours out all her woes to the man. Having heard everything, the man says, “Ok!”
THE MAN FINDS OUT THE REAL QUEEN IN FAIRY TALES
Reaching the palace, the man tells Kankanmala, “O Queen, today is the festival of making dumplings. You make dumplings, while your bondwoman helps you.”
Queen Kankanmala says, – “So what if she is my bondwoman? Let her too, make dumplings,”
So, both the queen and her bondwoman go to make dumplings.
Oh my, my! The dumplings queen makes are so distasteful. But the dumplings Kanchanmala makes are so divine in taste!
FROM THE LAND OF FAIRY TALES
The man now calls Kankanmala, – “You bondman! You wish to become a queen! For your own good quickly speak the truth.”
Kankanmala screams madly, “YOU ROGUE, GET OUT FROM HERE!”
She then calls the hangman, – “Chop off the heads of the bondwoman and the wretch! I’ll bathe in their blood.”
The hangman catches hold of the bondwoman and the man. Now the man opens his bag and chants, – “Threads you come out of the bag and tie the hangman.” A yearn of thread comes out of the bag and tightly ties the hangman.
The man now chants again, – “To whom you belong you thread?”
Thread says, – “To whom the bag belongs.”
The man again chants, – “If you belong to me then seal the nose of Kankanmala.
Two balls of thread enter into her nostrils. She screams and shuts herself in her room.
THE MAN RELIEVES THE KING IN FAIRY TALES
The man continues with his spell. He now orders his thread to fix with the king’s needles.
In a glance, millions of threads enter into the million needles of the king.
The man now says, – “Go and stitch the eyes and lips of Kankanmala.”
A million needles left the king and stitched Kankanmala’s mouth and eyes.
THEY LIVED HAPPILY IN FAIRY TALES
The king opens his eyes and recognizes his shepherd friend. Both the king and the shepherd weep and hug each other.
The king is sorry for his behavior. He makes shepherd his prime minister. The shepherd says, – “But I have lost my flute.” The king gifts him a golden flute.
Since then, the shepherd works as a prime minister the whole day. And at night when the moonlight floods the sky, he and the king sits under the same old tree. The shepherd plays on his golden flute and the king sits mesmerized.
The king, the shepherd, and Kanchanmala lived happily ever after.