The Tiger King
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
‘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.
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