Manager and Servant
There was a boy named Hira who worked for a businessman. One day he questioned his master, 'I
work round the clock for you. On the other hand the manager comes only for a couple of hours,
engages in some worthless conversation with you and leaves. And yet my salary stands at 500 rupees
whereas the manager gets 5000 rupees. On top of this, he gets so many other facilities as well. What
is the reason behind this discrimination''
The master replied, 'If you want to know the difference between you and the manager, then go to
the port and find out whether our steamer has arrived with the cargo.'
The servant went there and returned at night. He told the master,
'Masterji! One of our ships has arrived at the port.'
The master enquired, 'What does the ship carry in it''
The servant drew a blank. He went back again the next day and reported that almonds and black
pepper had arrived.The master enquired, 'Are there any other goods''.He had to make yet another trip and then reported, 'There are also cloves in the cargo.'
The master asked, 'Who gave you this information''
Hira said, 'Somebody told me that cloves have also come.'
The master asked, 'Who was the man who gave you this information' Was he a reliable person''
Hira replied, 'That I don't know.'
The master then instructed, 'Go and ask some reliable person as to which items have arrived with
the ship and in what quantities.'
Hira went again to the docks and came back with a list of items along with their respective
quantities. The master asked, 'Did you enquire at what rate the goods have been purchased and what
are their present rates in the market''
Hira said, 'This I did not ask.'
The master scolded him, 'You stupid! In this way a whole month will pass by and we will get
Then he called the manager and said, 'Make a trip to the Ghogha docks.' The manager returned
after two hours with the news, 'Masterji! There were almonds, black pepper, cloves and so and so
items in so and so quantities. Our steamer had arrived early. The other steamers will arrive in a day or
two and therefore the prices in the market are most likely to fall. So I thought that selling the goods
right now would be beneficial to us. It would have taken time to travel back and forth for your
approval. Therefore I went ahead and sold off the entire consignment without your permission. We
made quite a hefty profit in the bargain and here is a cheque worth rupees two lakhs for you.'
The master told the servant, 'Do you see the difference' Had you been allowed to continue with
your trips to the port there would have been a delay of 3 to 4 days; and I would have lost a sum of
rupees five lakh in the process. The manager has converted the sure loss of five lakh rupees into a
profit of rupees two lakh. Now if I pay him rupees 5000 it is less than his actual worth, but paying you
rupees 500 is of course, on the higher side. Foolish chap! You have no inquisitiveness.'
A man without inquisitiveness becomes lazy and slothful, remains backward; whereas an
inquisitive person is always alert and diligent. One who has inquisitiveness will discover great secrets
from ordinary- looking things, but one with no inquisitiveness will fail to even see the secrets bared
in front of his eyes. An inquisitive person is sharp-witted by nature. He observes every situation
minutely and, through incessant and insightful search, finally unravels the mysteries as well.