Washerman’s donkey and the dog [Hitopdesh Katha]
Written by Swati Joshi
August 17, 2019
The washerman had given them a shade for sleeping in his courtyard. Though both were serving their master quite whole-heartedly, the washerman never showed any love in return.
On seeing this, the Donkey asked the Dog, “Couldn’t you see that a thief has managed to break into the house? What are you waiting for, you should awake our master.”
The Donkey stood awestruck on hearing this. He distressfully told the Dog that it was not the time to complain and he must bark to awake their master.
But, I am not ungrateful, I know my duties very well. I’ll wake him up.”
The Dog was watching all this sitting quietly. Uttering to himself, he said, “Stupid fellow! Should have minded his own business.”
Unsolicited advice doesn’t work most of the time. It’s always better to mind your own business as not everyone is worthy enough to understand your point. There are mean people like the Dog was in the story who can put you in trouble when advised without being asked for.