Jalebis



Chapter Summary

The study presents that a little boy was carrying money to pay his school fees. The fees and funds were not submitted because his teacher was absent on that particular day and therefore he was returning his money. Suddenly at the side of a road, the sight of crisp jalebis excited this boy and he tried his best to resist the desire of having those jalebis. He succeeded as well to return home without spending the money. Still, after being continuously influenced by the money he went to the halwai and bought jalebis for one rupee. While having these, he came in front of his chachajaan and hid in a small Gali. He did not stop there; he spent all the leftover money on buying more jalebis and distributing them among young children and beggars. He was assured that the next day he was going to have refunded his scholarship money and from there he would give his school fees and the fund as well.

Unfortunately, the scholarship date had been postponed and he fell into great misery. He got anxious and attempts all possible ways to be saved from such a difficult situation but was left with no preferable choice. He was even absent from school to escape from being caught spending the money on school fees.

Lastly, he understood that Allah wants everyone to learn from every single step and therefore each deed needs to be paid with equal value.

Consequence of Buying Jalebis with the Fees Money

The consequence of buying jalebis with fees was not very pleasing and preferable for the boy. He was assured that on the next day, he was going to have his scholarship money and from there he would pay his school fees. As his scholarship was postponed, he fell into huge trouble. The boy tried very much to convince God for helping him and sauvignon from this situation but ended up being disappointed. The boy has learnt a true lesson from that incident; money is not to be wasted by being tempted by anything.

The Boy Didn’t Pay School Fees on the Day He Brought Money to School

The little boy did not pay his school fees on the day he bought money, as his teacher, Master Ghulam Mohammed was absent on that day. While he was returning home with this money, the four coins started to speak and influence the boy to buy crispy jalebis. Certain though about his reputation in school as a good boy came to his mind and after a string of resistance; he took all the money back to his home.

He Reached Home with the Coins in His Pocket

The boy took the money back home. The coins had already started to influence the boy to buy jalebi from the halwai on the road and the boy ignores this with all his efforts. The coins start to speak again and after being tempted, the boy finally went to the shop and bought jalebis.

Boy’s Prayer to God

The little boy tried his best to please God with all his heart and by offering the recitation of the entire namaz as well. He justified his mistake by saying that in case he had little knowledge about the delay of his scholarship, he would have not spent the whole money. This aspect presents that he argued in a very well manner just like a real lawyer. The little boy’s point was clear about not spending the money again on buying jalebis with school fees. He even admitted that he had committed a huge mistake and was determined not to commit the same mistake again.

The Boy Offers to Play a Game with Allah Miyan

The boy asked God to give him four rupees and during that time, they would play a game. The boy was about to go up to the railway signal, touch the post and come running back to the same place under the tree. During that interval, God should have put the four rupees under a rock.

The boy did not have the rupees by playing that game with God. Rather, when the boy lifted the rock and found a hairy worm instead of rupees. This was very disheartening for the boy as he believed that for only that time God would have helped him by giving that money and forgiving him one last time.

If God had granted the to the Boy wish that day, what harm would it have caused him in later life?

This incident was one that changes the entire life of that little boy. In case God had granted his wish and given him money on that day, he would receive a wrong message and commit the same mistake again in future. This incident teaches the boy that every misdeed has its own consequences and therefore it is important to understand the value of money and spend it accordingly in the required places.

FAQs

Q1. What is the importance of coins in the story Jalebis?

Ans. The words of coins in that story are very important as from this aspect; one side of the little boy’s nature has come out. His dilemmas about spending money unnecessarily present that he is very generous in nature and is well aware of his own worth and qualities. His concern about being caught is another area that shows that he was aware of the consequences of his deed and trying his best to solve the issue by himself.

Q2. What is the key lesson, derived from this story?

Ans. This story presents that one should value money. Elders always advise not to spend money on unnecessary things and should always be careful about spending money. The little boy understood that he should avoid misusing the money that his parents collected with hard work. One should always pay heed to elders’ advice.

Q3. Which kind of feeling had come to the boy’s mind when he was distributing jalebis among little children and beggars?

Ans. The boy was very joyful now when he was distributing jalebis. He imagined himself as Governor Saheb, who used to distribute rice to the poor on Independence Day. Such a feeling enhances his interest in distributing jalebis and he spent all his money on this.


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