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Crow and its Caw

About Aparna Jha

Aparna Jha is having a Masters in English (Hons.) She is also an MBA (HR) from AIIMA. She is a freelance content developer since June 2015. Having a flare of writing since childhood, she has written a number of stories and short poems. She's also a playwright. Her poem is going to be published in an anthology based on pan India collection of epistles.

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This story traces back its origin to those days when human beings had just begun to lead a settled life. Everything was going well. But as men were in a habit of living a nomadic life, the regularized lifestyle with a fixed routine to work upon daily was almost annoying to them. They had to cook a meal twice or even thrice a day, they had to work in the field to grow grains, and many other hard working jobs on a regular basis. That too was for a certain period of time. Once crops harvested, the process for the next plant to be planted, irrigated and again harvested had to begin. They used to bath once a day. So many other daily life chores, which we carry on today by default, were not known or well defined to them. They were also confused, as in what to do and what not to do. No guidelines or mentors were there for them.

One silver lining in those days was that people had the provision to connect to God for any doubt, problem or confusion. So they decided to send a messenger to God regarding all their problems, confusion and requirements in order to have a proper way of living, which they didn’t know much about till now. After long discussions, men decided to send a crow to God with some delicious sweet, along with their problems. All of the people living in the community brought different items from their houses like – milk, jaggery, nuts, wheat flour, ghee, cream, and some natural flavoring ingredients. They compiled all the stuff and made dough out of it. They fried it into a tasty crunchy golden brown delicacy, to be sent to God as a gift from man. So a crow was called upon; it was deputed this task of carrying the message and creatively prepared dessert to God. Men explained their issues to the crow.

First, they did not wish to feel too hungry or have a lesser appetite, so they won’t have to cook food more than one time a day. Secondly, once sowed a plant should bear fruit, vegetable or cereals for a very long span of time. They need not be harvested and the process of plantation, irrigation, and harvesting shouldn’t need to be repeated again and again. Once they would be spared from the task of farming and cooking food for a longer span of time, they would be able to take bath twice a day which actually they loved to do.

So the crow flew off for his journey to God. But the crow had seen the sweet dish the men had packed as a gift for God. Since then the crow was feeling very greedy. As the journey was too long, the crow started feeling tired and hungry. He sat under a tree to rest. He drank water from a fresh waterfall nearby and opened the gift pack. It took out the delicious sweets and ate one from them. Now he couldn’t resist his temptation and had one more. This way he finished almost half of the pack. Now he was really afraid, because if he carried the gift in that untidy manner with such a less quantity, God would get to know about its theft. Chances were that he might be either punished or cursed. So he thought that it would be better if he threw away the rest of the leftover sweets in a nearby forest. He did the same and rushed to God.

When he reached heaven, he couldn’t offer any gift to God which was otherwise customary. God felt that men were losing their gratitude and courtesy towards Him, so they had not sent any kind of gifts or flowers as an offering. Still the crow was well-received by God and his entire heavenly fraternity. After all the formalities and welcome events, the crow kept before the God the problems of men.

As God was the forefather of men and loved them a lot, he immediately granted all the wishes. But he further put a condition for its fulfilment. “Even though I have granted the wishes, it is up to you to communicate it properly. Whatever you’ll tell them after landing on earth, the wishes will actually culminate in that form.”  He said.

To Be Continued in part 2..

Here on the earth, men were eagerly looking towards the sky, waiting for the crow to return with good news for them. The crow happily flew back feeling quite relaxed, as his mischief of meddling and consuming the gift of God given by men remained hidden. Being at ease, lost in a lot of perceptions and thoughts, the crow reached the earth. He was welcomed with huge applause from people all around. People asked him whether he gave the gift to God. After all they had got those prepared with great affection. The crow at once nodded “yes.” Further they asked out of sheer curiosity, “Did God like it? Did He say anything about its taste and quality?” The crow couldn’t reply satisfactorily, as he was lost wondering what to answer, because he pre-occupied by the conditions imposed by God regarding the wishes. He was nervous thinking that the wishes will be fulfilled the way he preached them to men.

Now the turn had come for the crow to describe to the men whatever wishes God had granted for them. Seeing no way to escape, the crow preached whatever he could remember. He went on one after the other.

He spelt the first wish as, men will have to cook twice a day at least. He forgot that God had granted the wish of them bathing twice and not cooking!

The second wish that he said was no less disastrous. “Only some trees will bear fruit for a longer span of time or forever. Rest of the food producing plants, be it cereals or grains or veggies, will have to be grown, harvested and grown again!” Well, the crow forgot to call out the names of all the plants, trees etc, which men grew for their food requirements.

Thirdly, the crow said that men will have to take a bath only once a day, when he was supposed to name cooking food as once-a-day activity, as per God’s will.

Men had no other way out. They accepted those wishes with a heavy heart and continued to live the way they were living. One day God came on earth to see the human beings, to check how they are leading their lives after God has granted all the wishes they had asked for. But to his utter surprise, God saw that men were not following any of the wishes granted by him. Rather they were working just opposite. God couldn’t resist his curiosity and anger towards men, who were leading lives against his wishes. So he asked one of the men, “Why are you cooking food twice a day, when I had granted you to have food only once a day?”

The men were shocked. All of them gathered before God and narrated the whole story of what the crow, their messenger, had described to them. God was furious to know everything, and so were the men. The god cursed the crow. “The crow community will have a very harsh voice. Due to this, men will hate them.” He said.

Men too cursed the crow community. “We had sent you as our messenger with great faith and trust, but you breached it. It is due to your forgetfulness that our generations will have to work hard. Now onwards, whenever you’ll go to anyone’s house, people will hit you and get rid of you. You will be considered as a messenger of misfortune/evils and so on. Also, you spoiled our gift and lied before us. You’ll never be kept as a pet. You will have to live on the waste or thrown food.”

From then onwards till now, the crow is considered to be an epitome of misfortune and a spell of evil. No one likes the crow, keeps it as a pet or cares for it. After that very incident, crows were cursed with a harsh voice which we witness till date. Unlike the voices of other birds like hen or cuckoo, we get irritated and annoyed to hear the voice of a crow. A lesson also comes out of it that a single bad deed done by us may spoil our lives forever and affect those who are attached to us. Similarly, a good or bad deed will never go unnoticed, they are paid back sooner or later.

The End

Crow and its Caw

 

Prologue

 

This story traces back its origin to those days when human beings had just begun to lead a settled life. Everything was going well. But as men were in a habit of living a nomadic life, the regularized lifestyle with a fixed routine to work upon daily was almost annoying to them. They had to cook a meal twice or even thrice a day, they had to work in the field to grow grains, and many other hard working jobs on a regular basis. That too was for a certain period of time. Once crops harvested, the process for the next plant to be planted, irrigated and again harvested had to begin. They used to bath once a day. So many other daily life chores, which we carry on today by default, were not known or well defined to them. They were also confused, as in what to do and what not to do. No guidelines or mentors were there for them.

 

 

Part 1

 

One silver lining in those days was that people had the provision to connect to God for any doubt, problem or confusion. So they decided to send a messenger to God regarding all their problems, confusion and requirements in order to have a proper way of living, which they didn’t know much about till now. After long discussions, men decided to send a crow to God with some delicious sweet, along with their problems. All of the people living in the community brought different items from their houses like – milk, jaggery, nuts, wheat flour, ghee, cream, and some natural flavoring ingredients. They compiled all the stuff and made dough out of it. They fried it into a tasty crunchy golden brown delicacy, to be sent to God as a gift from man. So a crow was called upon; it was deputed this task of carrying the message and creatively prepared dessert to God. Men explained their issues to the crow.

First, they did not wish to feel too hungry or have a lesser appetite, so they won’t have to cook food more than one time a day. Secondly, once sowed a plant should bear fruit, vegetable or cereals for a very long span of time. They need not be harvested and the process of plantation, irrigation, and harvesting shouldn’t need to be repeated again and again. Once they would be spared from the task of farming and cooking food for a longer span of time, they would be able to take bath twice a day which actually they loved to do.

So the crow flew off for his journey to God. But the crow had seen the sweet dish the men had packed as a gift for God. Since then the crow was feeling very greedy. As the journey was too long, the crow started feeling tired and hungry. He sat under a tree to rest. He drank water from a fresh waterfall nearby and opened the gift pack. It took out the delicious sweets and ate one from them. Now he couldn’t resist his temptation and had one more. This way he finished almost half of the pack. Now he was really afraid, because if he carried the gift in that untidy manner with such a less quantity, God would get to know about its theft. Chances were that he might be either punished or cursed. So he thought that it would be better if he threw away the rest of the leftover sweets in a nearby forest. He did the same and rushed to God.

 

When he reached heaven, he couldn’t offer any gift to God which was otherwise customary. God felt that men were losing their gratitude and courtesy towards Him, so they had not sent any kind of gifts or flowers as an offering. Still the crow was well-received by God and his entire heavenly fraternity. After all the formalities and welcome events, the crow kept before the God the problems of men.

As God was the forefather of men and loved them a lot, he immediately granted all the wishes. But he further put a condition for its fulfilment. “Even though I have granted the wishes, it is up to you to communicate it properly. Whatever you’ll tell them after landing on earth, the wishes will actually culminate in that form.”  He said.

 

Part 2

Here on the earth, men were eagerly looking towards the sky, waiting for the crow to return with good news for them. The crow happily flew back feeling quite relaxed, as his mischief of meddling and consuming the gift of God given by men remained hidden. Being at ease, lost in a lot of perceptions and thoughts, the crow reached the earth. He was welcomed with huge applause from people all around. People asked him whether he gave the gift to God. After all they had got those prepared with great affection. The crow at once nodded “yes.” Further they asked out of sheer curiosity, “Did God like it? Did He say anything about its taste and quality?” The crow couldn’t reply satisfactorily, as he was lost wondering what to answer, because he pre-occupied by the conditions imposed by God regarding the wishes. He was nervous thinking that the wishes will be fulfilled the way he preached them to men.

Now the turn had come for the crow to describe to the men whatever wishes God had granted for them. Seeing no way to escape, the crow preached whatever he could remember. He went on one after the other.

He spelt the first wish as, men will have to cook twice a day at least. He forgot that God had granted the wish of them bathing twice and not cooking!

The second wish that he said was no less disastrous. “Only some trees will bear fruit for a longer span of time or forever. Rest of the food producing plants, be it cereals or grains or veggies, will have to be grown, harvested and grown again!” Well, the crow forgot to call out the names of all the plants, trees etc, which men grew for their food requirements.

Thirdly, the crow said that men will have to take a bath only once a day, when he was supposed to name cooking food as once-a-day activity, as per God’s will.

Men had no other way out. They accepted those wishes with a heavy heart and continued to live the way they were living. One day God came on earth to see the human beings, to check how they are leading their lives after God has granted all the wishes they had asked for. But to his utter surprise, God saw that men were not following any of the wishes granted by him. Rather they were working just opposite. God couldn’t resist his curiosity and anger towards men, who were leading lives against his wishes. So he asked one of the men, “Why are you cooking food twice a day, when I had granted you to have food only once a day?”

 

The men were shocked. All of them gathered before God and narrated the whole story of what the crow, their messenger, had described to them. God was furious to know everything, and so were the men. The god cursed the crow. “The crow community will have a very harsh voice. Due to this, men will hate them.” He said.

Men too cursed the crow community. “We had sent you as our messenger with great faith and trust, but you breached it. It is due to your forgetfulness that our generations will have to work hard. Now onwards, whenever you’ll go to anyone’s house, people will hit you and get rid of you. You will be considered as a messenger of misfortune/evils and so on. Also, you spoiled our gift and lied before us. You’ll never be kept as a pet. You will have to live on the waste or thrown food.”

 

From then onwards till now, the crow is considered to be an epitome of misfortune and a spell of evil. No one likes the crow, keeps it as a pet or cares for it. After that very incident, crows were cursed with a harsh voice which we witness till date. Unlike the voices of other birds like hen or cuckoo, we get irritated and annoyed to hear the voice of a crow. A lesson also comes out of it that a single bad deed done by us may spoil our lives forever and affect those who are attached to us. Similarly, a good or bad deed will never go unnoticed, they are paid back sooner or later.

 

 

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4 Response Comments

  • NANDANA DASGUPTA25/11/2018 at 12:36 PM

    Made me remind of my grandpa, who used to lull me to sleep by telling these kind of folk lore. Poor crow i must say! Even if we all grow up, we all enjoy listening or reading different kinds of folk lore though, & this particular story is surely one of those kind. I really enjoyed it reading & finally understood why a crow Caws!

  • RINKY25/11/2018 at 6:19 PM

    These bed time stories have so much of moral in it is well understood after going through this tale. It brought back to so many folk lore that we heard as a child and how much we enjoyed listening them. The happiness of giving ear to these folk lore never fades. For sure it is cherished till now. So why the “Crow Caws” is no more a mystery.

    • Ankita_Noni27/11/2018 at 7:48 PM

      Really a good attempt to make me nostalgic about my childhood.This folk lore remind me of the bed time stories “Panchatantra” that my grandpa used to say. A moral which is highly relatable to today’s day are the essence of this kind. Greed lead to ultimate doom. The link the ending made with the real life crawing of crows is extraordinary.

  • Boijayanto_Mukherjee28/11/2018 at 1:27 AM

    This unusual tale of why the crow caws is like a breath of fresh air that brings forth childhood memories. These kind of tales were the best parts of our good old days, told to us as mere tales but affecting our psyches and temperaments. Our moralities and idiosyncrasies were decided by these folk tales. The incredible details, sweet narrative and lucid style is the perfect mix that one can ask for. One cannot help but sympathize with the poor crow who had to improvise all the way because of a bit of greed.
    A heartfelt thanks for giving readers like us a chance to relive these innocent tales of our days past. Looking forward to more such folk lores.

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