Tit for Tat

Goluram owned the only grocery store in the village. He made his own rules and his customers had no choice but to listen to him. He often cheated them too.

A villager named Kushal owned a small vegetable shop. One day, Goluram went to Kushal’s shop to buy vegetables. He asked for a kilogram of tomatoes. Kushal packed a bag for him. Immediately on lifting it, Goluram said that the bag weighed less than a kilo. ‘Why, it appears to weigh 750 grams. I know for sure, as I have the experience. I weigh things every day for dozens of customers. How dare you try to cheat me!’ he shouted in anger.

But Kushal insisted that he had weighed exactly a kilogram of tomatoes and refused to feel threatened by Goluram’s anger. Goluram’s ire knew no bounds. He shouted, ‘So you will not listen to me. I will go to the headman and very soon the whole village will learn of your dishonesty,’ and he strode out of the shop.

Soon the headman summoned Kushal. A large crowd had gathered and Goluram was busy telling them about Kushal’s ‘dishonesty’. The headman asked Kushal to reply to Goluram’s complaint.

Kushal said, ‘Sir, I am sure I have weighed exactly a kilogram of tomatoes. In fact, I used Goluram’s measure to weigh the tomatoes. So I do not know how he can complain about it.’

‘My measure? What nonsense are you talking about?’ Goluram demanded to know.

Kushal turned to the headman and explained, ‘I usually buy a kilogram of sugar from his shop. I bought a kilo yesterday too. I measured my tomatoes with the same sugar.’

The headman who was silently listening, laughed out loud. He was pleased that Kushal had solved everyone’s problem with Goluram. He turned to Goluram and said, ‘Now what does your experience of measures tell you? I would say, ‘Tit for tat!’
After the incident the villagers started getting the correct measure of goods they paid for from Goluram’s shop.

Moral: You reap what you sow.

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Returned in equal measure.. literally.

Nice story!! Well written

Very nice!!

Good one. Keep writing.

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