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All for a Paisa

All For a Paisa

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All For a Paisa

September 21, 2023


Do you like riddles?  Here’s a few for you to try and solve.  What is yours but mostly used by others?  Have a think about that – get some help from a friend or a grown up if you want.  Did you get it –  yes – it’s YOUR NAME.  One more… 

What goes up but never comes back down?  Did you get it?  Yes, it’s YOUR AGE. 

Hello everyone.  I’m Kathleen Pelley.  Welcome to Journey with Story.  Do you know any other riddles?  They are fun to share with others and very good exercise for your brain. And today’s story is about a young lad whose father gives him a riddle he has to solve.  When I come to that part of the story, I will wait a little so you can all have a good think about what the answer might be. 

Before we begin – big thanks to all of our patreon subscribers -hope you are enjoying your weekly coloring sheets and remember, if you want to enjoy some coloring sheets, just go to and find out more there. 

And listen to this lovely review from Evelyn age 5 

Hi Kathleen, My name is Evelyn from Sale in Manchester. Me and my dad listen to your stories every night before bed. The stories inspire me to come up with stories of my own. Please can I have a shout out it would make me and my dad very happy! My favourite story is the fish with the hooked nose. I hope to meet you one day. Love from Evelyn. 

Evelyn aged 5 via Apple Podcasts ·Great Britain ·07/10/2023 

Oh, thank you Evelyn and your dad for this lovely review – how happy I am to hear our podcast inspires YOU to think up your own stories – that is the magic of storytelling -it never ends as each story  gives birth to another story….thanks Evelyn.

Now let’s take a journey with All for a Paise (paisa is small coin used in India where this story takes place) 

There lived in the valley a very wealthy merchant who was not at all happy with his only son. The boy showed no signs of intelligence or creativity, much less any willingness to work. His mother always thought the best of him, however, and was constantly making excuses for him. 

When the lad reached the age to marry, his mother begged the merchant to seek a proper wife for him. The merchant, however, was too much ashamed of his lazy son, and in his own mind had fully decided never to have him married. But the mother had set her heart on this. It was the one thing that she had been looking forward to for years. To have her son remain a bachelor all his life would be unthinkable. She simply would not agree to this for a moment. 

And so she urged excuses for her son. She claimed to have now and again noticed extraordinary qualities of wisdom and intelligence in him. Her speaking in this way only annoyed the merchant. 

“Look here,” the merchant said to his wife one day, when she had been praising her son, “I have heard this many times before, but you have never once proved it. I do not believe there is a particle of truth in anything that you say. Mothers are blind. However, to satisfy you, I will give the fool another chance.  Send for him, and give him this one one small coin, this paisa. Tell him to go to the bazaar, and with this one paisa to buy one item. That one item must be something to eat, something to drink, something to chew on, something to plant in the garden, and some food for the cow.” 

The mother told the boy those instructions, gave him the paisa, and the boy left. 

When he came to the river, he became alarmed and wondered, “What can be bought for only one pàisa — to eat and drink and do all the other things my mother asks for? Surely this is an impossible task!” 

At that moment the daughter of an ironsmith came up. Seeing the lad’s unhappy expression, she asked him what was the matter. He told everything his mother had ordered him to do. 

“I know what you can do,” she said. 

“Go and buy a watermelon with one paisa,” said the girl. “It provides something to eat, something to drink, something to chew upon, something to plant in the garden, and some food for the cow. Give it to your parents, and they will be pleased.” 

And so this is exactly what the boy did. 

When the merchant’s wife saw the cleverness of her son she was very glad. 

“Look,” she said to her husband as soon as he came home, “this is our son’s work.” 

“Actually, mother,” said the boy, “the daughter of an ironsmith advised me to do this.” 

Nevertheless, the father was impressed that the lad had found such a fine solution. And so they invited the family of the ironsmith to their house for dinner. Both parents were pleased to see love bloom between the two young people. And so the daughter of the ironsmith married the merchant’s son, and the lad became a hard-working young husband, and they all lived happily ever after. 

Why do you think the boy admitted to his mother that he did not solve the riddle by himself and owed it all to the ironsmith’s daughter?  What do you think the story’s souvenir is? 

Here are three more riddles for you to share with your friends.  Ready.. 

What has hands and a face,  but can’t hold anything or smile?
A clock. 

I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest person can’t hold me for five minutes. What am I?
Your breath. 

And…what can you break even if you never pick it up or touch it? 

A promise 

Cheerio then, join me next time for Journey with Story!

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