THE LIAR LOSES HIS LIFEA boy learned swimming. He became an expert in the art and was very proud of his skill. He used to swim across a flowing river everyday. One day, while swimming, he saw a boat full of passengers moving near him. He pretended to be sinking and cried aloud, "Help me, I'm sinking!" Some well-dressed persons jumped into the water and swam with all their might to save him. When they reached him, he laughed aloud and said, "I have teased you, I am an expert in swimming!" He quickly swam away from them. They cursed him and returned to the boat angrily in drenched dress.
A week later, the river was in flood. The over-confident boy, as usual, was swimming across the river. He was caught in a whirlpool in the river and could not escape. He cried aloud for help. A boat was near, but as every one had heard about his earlier deceit, no one cared about him. They thought that he was playing a trick again and so went away. Soon he was sucked into the whirlpool and killed. His dead body floated on the water the next day.
By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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