International Writers Magazine: Stories
of an Ass
one circus troupe there was an ass. The owner of the
circus was a tyrant. For any and every matter he used to beat
the ass. There was also a horse in the troupe. It was a source
of attraction for the show and was taken extra care by the owner
since it earned him profit.
One day the horse
came to the ass and says, "Brother, the owner tortures you so much.
Why dont you run away"?
The ass replied, "Do you know that I am waiting for a chance? Our
master has a beautiful daughter who is a gymnast in the troupe. Every
morning during the practice session I hear our master saying that if
you fall down from the rope I will marry you to that ass. Will she never
fall? I am waiting for that chance".
Probably, the same chance has come to the Asss life. Recently,
in Chennai five dozen assess were married off. Though not with beautiful
lasses but with entities of their own species.
Report says that hundreds of men and women attended the marriage ceremony,
which was organized to satisfy the Rain-God and save the
state from drought.
Describing an ass Bankim Ch Chatterjee said "when I see you standing
under the tree, getting wet in the new drops of rain, with your ears
shooting up, face down-to-earth, eyes wide open at times closed at the
other, the rain drops falling on your back, shoulders, and face, I recognise
you as one of the most beautiful creatures".
Surprisingly, almost everywhere we find that an ass is a
symbol of foolishness and a substance of mockery and ridicule.
Its general characteristics have been defined as disgraceful, absent-minded,
careless, idle, insensitive, and fool.
In Rig veda the carrier of Aswini Kumar was an ass. In difficult
terrain asses have always helped us in carrying goods. To
the asss delight, a few stalwarts have also praised
it. It has been portrayed by Shakespeare in Mid summer night,
by Wordsworth in Peter Bell. Even in the tales of Arabian
Nights, it was courtesy those three asses of Alibaba that
precious materials were carried from those secret caves. One of the
authors even described an ass to be quite rational. The size of its
head is quite large. It is ever thoughtful, never in a hurry, cool and
patient resembling a "Pundit".
Though the speed of an ass is pole apart from that of a
horse, yet animal researchers claim that if an ass is kept
with a herd of horses it has the capacity to lead the herd. Therefore,
it cannot be stereotyped.
Listening to the "braying" of asses one famous author
quoted "When I hear them braying I find millions of voices standing
on the edge of tolerance protesting against years of suppression and
oppression, claiming justice".
Will they ever get it?
© Ms. Jayantee (Mukherjee) Saha November 2006
Faculty Member -HR & OB
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