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    Sarita was a good housewife. And like a good housewife she cooked good food for her family. And every day she would keep one chappati on the windowsill for whoever needed it.

    Every day a hunchback would come, take the chappati and mutter 'The evil you do remains with you. The good you do comes back to you.'

    Sarita thought he was rude and ugrateful but she kept putting the chappati out and every day the hunchback would take it and repeat the same words.

    After some time Sarita got fedup and decided to teach the rude beggar a lesson. She mixed poison in the chappati and put it on the windowsill. But soon she felt a pang of remorse. She threw the poisoned chappati in the trash can and put a fresh one in its place.

    The next day Sarita's son turned up at her doorstep, looking gaunt and bedraggled. He was returning home after having worked abroad for three years. He was waylaid by thugs who robbed him, assaulted him and threw him into a ditch. He regained consciousness after 24 hours and started walking towards his home. He walked for hours but he was faint with hunger. He was just a kilometre away from his house when he saw a beggar with a deformity and begged him for some food.

    'He gave me a chappati which was all he had, saying that my need was greater than his' said the son.
    Sarita's eyes filled with tears. She was glad that she removed the poisoned chappati. Now she understood the importance of the beggar's words. 'The Evil you do remains with you. The Good you do comes back to you.'

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