Ramu and Ravi were two farmers who were neighbours. Both owned a pair of
oxen each with which they ploughed their land. Ramu worked hard all day
long in order to get a
good yield and looked after his oxen very well since he knew that they
were very important for his farming activity
Ravi on the other hand was a very lazy and a miser who never fed his
oxen properly but extracted maximum work from them and kept complaining
that they were not doing a
As a true friend Ramu advised and pointed out to Ravi that it was cruel
to ill-treat the animals which were helping him make a living. Ravi
paid little heed to Ramu's words.
He soon bought a tractor to plough his land and chased the oxen away
since he no longer needed them. Taking pity on the poor animals Ramu
took them under his wing although
he could ill-afford to maintain them.
The monsoon soon arrived and it was time for cultivation. Ramu’s land
was well ploughed and ready for cultivation - thanks to his oxen. Ravi
in his miserly fashion had not maintained his tractor well and it kept
giving him trouble. With the result, he could not get his land ready for
cultivation on time. He lamented and blamed it all on bad luck not
realizing that it was he who was responsible for his miserable state.
Ravi not only lost out on a good yield by his laziness but also spent
more money than required to repair his tractor due to poor maintenance.
Despite having better equipment Ravi was unable to get the best results,
whereas Ramu was a good workman and hence was able to succeed with the
limited resources that he had.
A bad workman