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Updated: May 27

To never expect an act of kindness repaid is genuinely serving someone. Such actions might not always repay in wealth, but they provide a sense of satisfaction unmatched by any feeling.

“Service” by R. S. Chintalapati tells the story of a commoner saving an injured soldier who later turns to be a king. Find out what happens next.



This contribution is edited by Sreekar Ayyagari & illustrated by Nisha Yadav.



This fable is available as paperback & ebook.

Illustrated by Nisha Yadav

After a long battle, King Krishna Swami realized his forces were losing. Hit with an arrow on his shoulder, King Krishna retreated into the forest located nearby while being followed by his foes.

By sunset, King Krishna lost a lot of blood and fell unconscious near a large lake in the forest. His enemies couldn’t spot him and left declaring themselves victorious.

That night, having no more water in his hut, a commoner reached the lake with his pot. He found a soldier lying unconscious and so picked him up to take him to his hut. Washing his wounds and covering them with some herbs, the commoner wanted to help the soldier reach his kingdom after he became conscious.

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