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KRISHNA AND SUDAMA


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 Dear friends, time it is now to hearken to the heartwarming tale of Sudama,
Who had for his childhood and bosom friend none other than Lord Krishna.
But while the little Krishna became King of Dwaraka, as ordained by destiny,
Sudama, the poor Brahmin lived nearby with his family in abject poverty.

It never once occurred to Sudama to approach for help Krishna the king,
But when his children starved, his wife goaded him to ask for something.
Thus it was that Sudama reluctantly ventured to meet his dear friend Krishna,
Carrying with him only a rag- wrapped gift of  flat rice Poha!

The Divine King Krishna knew his friend was at his palace gate,
Came running barefoot to greet him, leaving beholders in amazement agape.
Embracing his dear school friend, he, with the queen took him inside and made him rest,
Washing his feet and showering him with love, they made Sudama feel like a privileged guest.
Recalling happily their younger days, the two friends forgot the passage of time,
Reluctant to seek favors, Sudama realized he was returning without a dime.

But when he reached his place, his hut was nowhere to be found,
Then seeing his wife coming out of a palatial house, he was spellbound.
Showered, unbidden, with great wealth and now rid of hardship,
The Sudama couple realized the meaning of true love and friendship.

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Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.

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