Wisdom Tales | Sweet with a pinch of salt
A very warm welcome to all of you. Let’s dive into the deep reality of life through Wisdom Tales on my blog all this October. Every one of us likes listening to stories and know something new. When I was thinking hard to set a theme for My Friend Alexa this year, I got this wonderful idea to recollect all wisdom stories I have heard or listened to until now and recreate the best of them for you in a manner that touches your heart and reminds you of all the good qualities already in you.
One of the Wisdom Tales that’s closest to my heart
I am starting with a tale that is close to my heart and I have grown up remembering it. Grandmothers are fond of narrating stories with something to learn in the end. I have heard this tale a lot of times from her while she used to feed me or make me sleep.
Sweet with a pinch of salt
There lived a king with 9 sons and 1 daughter. His daughter was the most precious child to him as she was born after 9 sons. The king used to take her advice in almost all important decisions. She cooked really well and used to prepare all meals for her father.
One day, the king was very happy and called all his children to his court. He asked everyone to describe him in a word or two; what did they feel about their father? One of them addressed the king as Gulab Jamun while the other son liked his father as Jalebi. Likewise, every child described the king as something sweet. When his daughter’s turn came, she said her father is like salt. Listening to this, the king got angry and immediately told his soldiers to expel his beloved daughter to the jungles.
Everyone was shocked to hear this but obeyed. For years, the kingdom ran on usual terms and slowly everyone forgot about the king’s daughter. One day, the cook at the palace forgot to put salt while preparing the king’s meal. When the king tasted the first bite, he got furious and shouted at the cook.
The taste that is salty
At that very moment, he remembered his daughter with watery eyes and realized the importance of salt in a dish. He instructed all his soldiers to search for his daughter in nearby villages and declared a prize for whosoever finds her. After many days, someone found her in a small hut in the jungle living all by herself. He told her the whole story and said that the king is desperately waiting to meet her. She was too happy to hear that went back home.
The king was very emotional to see his daughter after so many years. He asked her to forgive him and said that now he realizes how his life was distasteful without his daughter.
Wisdom Tales leaving an impact on my life
This story is still so fresh in my mind though my grandmother narrated it until I was 7-8 years, I guess. It impacted me so much that I too feel that a dish is not complete if it lacks salt. It may look delicious but if you taste it and find no salt then there’s no use of that dish. Maybe, the memories engraved on my mind had hit hard on my taste buds.
Do you strongly like a particular taste and crave for it often?
This post is written for My Friend Alexa Season 5 with Blogchatter