Statue of a Rat

Today I’m going to share an interesting story that I read somewhere, source is not known. But I think it’s a good share. So here it is.

A man walked into a curio shop, where he noticed a lifelike statue of a rat, among other novelty items. It was so attractive and appealing that he immediately decided to have it, but it had no price tag. He asked the shop-owner, “How much for this rat?”

“One thousand bucks for the rat, and twenty thousand for the story,” said the owner.

The man gave one thousand bucks, “I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story.”

As he walked down the street carrying  the statue of rat, he found a few real rats crawling out of the alleys and sewers and began following him down the street. He began walking faster, but soon the herd of rats behind him swelled to hundreds, and then to thousands, all squealing.

He was then scared. He ran to the seashore and threw that statue as far out as he could. Amazingly, all the rats following also jumped into the sea.

The man walked back to the curio shop.
“Ah ha,” said the shop-owner, “You have come back for the story.”

“No,” said the man, “I came back to see if you have a similar statue of a politician!”

I don’t know about the man’s wish, but I’m still thinking of the story. I’ll come back, if I get or create one.

Have a great day 😊😊


–Kaushal Kishore


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43 Comments

  1. Goodness, Kaushal, this tale is beyond good! I love it because I happened to like rats, just like many writers did. I had a friendly rat who wanted a place for winter, behaved impeccably and left in spring. When passing me on the stairs, he would nod his head!
    I do love your ending!

    Joanna

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      1. I think it was a children story. Two mice (Sniff and Scurry) were main characters in Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. I had read it twice.

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    1. Thank you, Joanna for enjoying the piece and its ending. I’m glad you love rats. Yes, I know a lot of people in India too like them, as they are considered carriers of Lord Ganesha. There is a temple of rats near Bikaner in Rajasthan.

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      1. This is a very interesting story of four characters, two mice and two humans. It pertains to adaptation in the ever changing world.

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  2. Thank you, Kaushal, I saw a documentary on this temple, if I was close to the temple you would be surprised at my devotion! One of the monks fed the rat with the food held between his lips!

    Joanna

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    1. I think a lot of people irrespective of nationalities may be of the same opinion. For my country, I can say that politicians have failed us. Thank you.

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  3. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 I also want to know the story.

    Though I hope the man’s reason for wanting the statue of a politician is not to throw him/her and their entire fans’ groups into the seaπŸ˜„

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    1. I’ll share the story if I get. As regards man’s reason for politician’s statue, I think, you have guessed it right.

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