An outrageous tale

Traditional hand operated grinding mills are called as chakkis in Hindi. Till date there is no ban or tax on its usage in India. Truly speaking the two chakkis shown in the prompt has been an integral part of the Indian household for the last 600 years. It finds mention in the literature and folk tales of this country that range from esoteric to truly outrageous.
Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma
An elephant passed through a remote village at night. The villagers saw its spoors the following morning and wondered about it as none of the villagers had ever seen an elephant. They could not imagine what animal had left such large foot prints.
Now for all problems the villagers sought help of a wise man who always wore red and was called Lal-Bujhakkad*. They queried him. Unfortunately, the wise-man had never seen an elephant but he could not admit his ignorance for obvious reasons.
He explained – A deer must have jumped across the village after tying the grind-stones to it’s legs.
Words ~ 101
* Lal ~ red; Bujhakkad ~ on who understands.


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



34 thoughts on “An outrageous tale

  1. Fascinating piece — the story and all the information you provide. It’s hard to imagine the villagers would believe this man, even if he was the wiseman if the village. I guess there were things he didn’t “understand” either.

  2. That is outrageous! Had fun imagining 😀 Am impressed with your back info on the prompt. Here in India, the chakki is also used to symbolize jail time where apparently all prisoners do is grind the chakki.

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