Tale of Panchatantra
The birds wanted to choose a new king as their present king, Garuda, was too busy and did nothing to protect them.
After some thought, the birds agreed that the owl can see at night and should be made the king.
On the day of the coronation, a crow came and questioned the birds why they chose the owl as their king. On hearing the argument, the crow pointed out the flaws in the owl saying that they are blind during the day and suggested that eagle should remain the king.
The coronation was canceled and the owl, who was disappointed, declared that owls and crows shall never be friends. The crow repented giving unsolicited advice and flew away.
Moral of the story: Do not offer counsel unless asked for. The animals also lost a potential good leader by focusing on one flaw rather than considering all the good qualities of the owl.
- Chowdhury, R., Vishnusharma, & Roy, N.S. (2017). Panchatantra. Gurgaon: Penguin Books India.
- Das, V., & Joshi, J. (2002). The Jataka tales. New Delhi: Madhuban.
- Hitopadesha: An ancient, fabled classic. (2002). Bombay: Jaico Pub. House.
Source picture: The Owl and the Crow