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The Stone Cutter | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Once upon a time (yes!) there was a stone cutter. He found his life monotonous and was unhappy with his routine. As he returned home from work one day, he passed a rich man’s house. The gate was open and, curious, he peeked in. He could see the grand décor and noticed there was a party going on with affluent guests. Envious, he wondered how powerful the man must be. He wished he was the merchant. To his surprise, he suddenly became the merchant. He now basked in the luxury and power. Naturally, now those who were not as wealthy as him were jealous of him. In a little while, a VIP went past, carried in a sedan chair. He had an entourage of attendants and soldiers. No matter how rich, everyone had to bow before the procession. Wow, how powerful this man is, thought our stone cutter. And he wished he were that VIP. And no sooner than he wished that—he became the VIP! He was carried everywhere. People feared him. Being one of those hot summer days, he felt uncomfortable in the chair. He gazed up at the sun which beat down from the sky. You know what …