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The Merchant excitedly narrated how the daughter of his attendant was ashamed to see a strange man before her. The attendant could not believe the calf was a man bewitched under the spell of black magic. O Jinn think how alarmed and excited to hear the news from my herd keeper? Next day I went to his hut and saw the calf and the girl. The herd keeper asked her to explain the matter. The merchant was amazed and asked again if it was the truth.
His daughter assured him she knew it was so. She asked my permission to remove the spell from my son. She said,’Uncle, I learned the art of sorcery. I can transform him back to his original shape.’ I agreed and she laid two conditions and one was that I should give him in marriage to her. Second was that she should cast the same spell the witch had used to bind her. ‘Otherwise neither you nor I am safe from harm.’ I found it was a sound idea and I permitted her to get on with her black magic.
So she brought the calf into one chamber where she prepared her spells in proper manner. Taking a flask of water she cast her spell saying,’If Allah who knows all secrets hidden, see anything wrong here let him set right the wrong.’ Saying spells in a curious manner she said,’If you were born as a calf, remain a calf. If not come back to your original shape.’ She said and blowed hard on the calf. Instantly the form of calf melted before our eyes.

O Jin it was wonderful to take my son home. He did not have any idea of his state and he came home unable to recall his life as a calf. When we reached home I found my cousin wife changed into this gazelle. As promised I gave my son in marriage to the herd keepers daughter.
(to be cont’d)
benny

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My second tale in the above series is now available. The story is titled Tale of The Trader and The Jinn.  In case you want to have a preview you can go to http://www.lulu.com/content/3536092. I have illustrated the text with artwork both watercolor and in pen and ink.

Description: A trader goes on a journey and at a strange place he, by a  freak accident, kills a child and his father instantly arrives at the scene. He is a Jinn and he demands, ‘A life for a life,That is only fair.’ The merchant pleads for time to put his affairs in order. One year later he arrives at the same spot and awaits Jinn as promised. It so happens he is in for something extraordinary. As typical of tales from One Thousand and One Night it is to be read and looked at. Let me not spoil your enjoyment by telling any further.

Happy reading, folks!

benny

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