The Tiger King lesson 1 of class 12th rbse

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The Tiger King 

The Maharaja of Pratibandapuram is the hero of this story. He may be identified as His Highness Jamedar Genersl.Khiledar Major, Sata Vyaghra Samhari. Maharajadhiraja Visva Bhuvana Samrat, SIR Jilani Jung Jung Bhadur but this name is often shortened to the tiger king.

I have come forward to tell you why he came to be known as tiger king . I have no intention   of pretending to advance only to end in a strategic withdrawal. even the threat of a stuka bomber will not throw me off track . The stuka , it if likes , can beat a hasty retreat from my story.

Right at the start, it is imperative to disclose a matter of vital importance about tiger king .
 Every one who reads of him will experience the natural desire to meet a man of his indomitable courage face to face.

But there is no change of it’s fulfillment. as Bharata said to Rama the Dasaratha,the king has reached that final abode of all living creatures.

in others words, the tiger king is dead. The Manner Of His Death is a Matter Of Extraordinary Interest .
It can be revealed only at the end of the tale. The most fantastic aspect of his demise was that as soon as he was born, astrologers had foretold that one day The Tiger King Would actually Have To die.

The child grow up to become the warrior of warriors hero of heroes , champion of champions.

But …. They bit their lips and swallowed hard.
When compelled to continue astrologers came out with it.

This is a secret which should not be revealed at all. and yet we are forced to speak out .

The child born under this start will one day have to meet it’s death.

At that very moment a great miracle took place.

An astonishing phrase emerged from the lips of the ten day old jalini jung-jung Bhadur, o wise prophets ; every one stood transfixed in stupefaction.

They looked wildly at each other and blinked .

O wise prophets; it was i who spoke. This time there were no grounds for doubt.

It was the infant born just ten days ago who had enuncated the words so clearly. The chief astrologer took off his spectacles and gazed intently at the baby.

All those who are born will one day have to die.

We do not need your predictions to know that. There would  be some sense in it if you could tell us the manner of that death, the royal infant uttered these words in his little squeaky voice.

The chief astrologer polaced his finger on his nose in wonder a baby barely ten days old opens its lips in speech! Not only that, it also raises intelligent questions! incredible’ rather like the bulletins issued by the war office than facts. The chief astrologer took his finger off his nose and dixed his eyes upon the little prince.

“The prince was born in the hour of the Bull. The Bull and the tiger are enemies.therefore, death comes from the tiger,” he Explaned. You may think that crown prince Jung Jung Bahadur was thrown into a quake when he heard the word tiger that was exactly what did not happen, As soon as he heard it pronounced. the crown prince gave a deep growl. Terrifying words emerged from his lips.

“Let tigers beware” This account is only a Rumour rife in Pratibandapuram. But with hindsinght we may conclude it was based on some truth.

Crown prince Jung Jung Bahadur grew taller and stronger day by day.No other miracle marked his childhood days apart from the event already described.

The boy drank the milk of an English cow was brought up by an English Nani, tutored in English by an Englishman, saw nothing but English films— exactly as the crown princes of all the other Indian states did when he came of age at twenty, the state, which had with the court of wards until then, came into his hands.

But everyone in the Kingdom remembered the astrologer’s prediction Many comtinued to discuss the matter. Slowly it came to the Maharaja’s ears.
There were innumerable forests in the Pratibandapuram State, They had tigers in them.The Maharaja knew the old saying “you may kill even a cow in self-defense” There could certainly be no objection to killing tigers in self-defense. The Maharaja started out on a tiger hunt.

The Maharaja was thrilled beyound measure when the killed his first tiger, He sent for the State astrologer and showed him the dead beast.

“What do you say now?” he demanded.”Your majesty may kill ninety-nine tigers in exactly the same manner
But…the astrologers drawaled;’But what? speck with out fear.”
But you must be very careful with the hundredth tiger.”
“what if the hundredth tiger were also killed?”
“then Iwill tear up all my books on astrology set fire to them,and
 And… “
‘I shall cut off my tuft, crop my hair shirt and become an insurance agent, ‘the astrologer finished on an incoherent note.
From that day onwards it was celebration time for all the tigers inhabitting Pratibandapuram. THE State banned tiger hunting by anyone except the Maharaja a poroclamation was issued to the effect theat if anyone dared to fling so much  as a stone at a tiger, all  his welth and property would be confiscated.
The Maharaja vowed he would attend to all the other matters only after killing the hundared tigers, initially the king seemed well set to realize his ambition. Not that he faced any dangers There were times when the bullet missed its mark.The tiger leapt upon him and he fought the beast with his bare hands Each time it was the Maharaja who won.

At another time he was denger of losing his thron.a high ranking british officer’s visited pratibandapuram.He was very fond of hunting tigers . and fonder of being photogrophed with the tigers he had shot. As usual,He wished to hunt tigers in pratibandapuram.But the Maharaja was firm in his resolve. He refused permission. I can organize any other hunt. you may go on a boar hunt. You may conduct a mouse hunt. We are ready for a mosquito hunet. But tiger hunt; that’s immposible the british officer secretary sent word to the Maharaja through the dewan that the durai himself did not have to kill the tiger. The Maharaja could do the actual killing. What was importent to the durai a photograph of himself holding a gun end standing over the tigers carcass. But the Maharaja would not agree with even to this proposal.If he relented now what would he do if other british officers turned up for tigers hunts? because he prevented a british officer from fulfilling his desire the Maharaja stood in denger of loseing his kindom it’s self. The Maharaja and the diwan held deliberations over this issue. As a result a telegram was dispatched forth with to a famous brietish company of jewellers in cacutta.

‘Send samples of expensive diamond rings of different designs.’ Some fifty tigers arrived the Maharaja sent the whole lot to the British officer’s good lady. The king and the minister expected the duraisani to choose one or two rings and send the rest back, Within no time at all the duraisami sent her reply: Thank you very much for your gifts.’
In two days a bill for three lakh of rupees came from the British jewellers.The Maharaja was happy that though he had lost three lakh of rupees, he had managed to retain his kingdom.
The Maharaja’s tiger hunts continued to be highly successful within ten years he was able to kill seventiy tigers.And then, an unforeseen hurdle brought his mission to a standstill.The tigers populations became extinct in the forests of Pratibandapuram. Who knows whether the tigers practieed birth control or committed harakiri? Or simply ran away from the State because they desired to be shot by British hands alone?

one day mharaja sent for dewan”Dewansaheb aren’tyou awearof the fact that thirty tiger still remain to be shot down by this gun of mine?”he asked brandishing his gun. shuddering at the sight of the gun, the dewan cried out”your majesty! Iamnot a tiger!”which idiot would call you a tiger?””NO,and I’m not a gun”you are neither tiger nor gun. dewan saheb, I summed you here for a different purpose. I have decieted to get married.” The dewan began to babble even more.” your majesty, I have two wives olready. if Imarry you… Don’t talk nonsens! why should   i marry you? What i want is a tiger…. Your Majesty! Please think it over Your ancestors were married to the sword . if you like, marry the gun, A tiger king is more than enough for this state . It does not need a Tiger Queen as well”
The Maharaja gave a loud crack of laughter” I am not thinking of marrying either a tiger or a gun, but a girl from the ranks of human beings. First you may draw up statistics of tiger populations in the different native states. Next you may investigate if  there is a girl i can marry in the royal family of a state with a large tiger population”
 The dewan followed his orders. He found the right girl from a state which 

to be continue


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