The Farmer And The Well

One a farmer faced shortage of water for his farm. While looking for a source of water, he bought a well from his neighbor. After the deal, the farmer went to take water from the well, however the neighbor was cunning. He refused to let the farmer take water from the well. 

On asking why, the neighbor replied, “I sold the well to you, not the water”, and walked away. The farmer was stunned and didn’t know what to do. So he went to Birbal, a clever man and one of the nine courtiers of Emperor Akbar, for help.


Birbal called the farmer with his neighbor and asked why the man was not letting the farmer draw water from the well. The cunning neighbor said the same thing again, “I sold the well, not the water. So he cannot take my water”.


The Farmer And The Well | Moral Stories in English

To this, Birbal replied, “I totally understand your point. But if you have sold the water and the water is yours, then you have no business keeping your water in his well. Take away your water or use it all up immediately. If not the water will belong to the farmer who is the owner of the well”.

The neighbor realized his mistake and left after apologizing to both.

Moral

Cheating will not get you anything and you’ll pay for it soon enough


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