There was once a king called Vinay raj who was fond of playing chess" But who would dare play against a king? None except the Court Jester, Madhav, who could afford to take liberties with the king" The two used to spend long hours in front of the chess board" And what would be the stakes? The king would put precious things, sometimes deliberately, knowing fully well that if he were to lose, then they all would only go to the Jester who was his favourite" Madhav, on the other hand, would put only ordinary things as stake" More than theses takes, the king was interested in learning from the Jester some of his many wise moves in the game" When they played, they forgot that one was a King and the other a Jester; they were equals for the sake of the game"
One day, as they were playing, the Jester’s young sister was ushered into the royal chamber" Mohini had gone to the palace to fetch her brother" The king was struck by her beauty, and when Vinayraj and Madhav sat before the board, the next day, the king made a strange suggestion: would the Jester offer his sister ass take, so that if the king won the game, he could possess Mohini and make her one of the queens?
The king offered a whole city in the kingdom as his stake which, if the jester were to win the game, would become his own" Madhav, though a Jester, was a shrewd man"" My lord, the stakes do not balance well" I’m not interested in owning any city" May I, therefore, suggest that you put your sister as your stake"
Vinayraj thought for a while" He had already made up his mind to make the Jester's sister his wife" "All right ,I accept your suggestion""
The game started" Both of them played with great concentration" The king made his moves after much thought, all the while remembering the tricks he had learnt from the Jester"
When he found that he had almost cornered the Jester, his thoughts went astray" He began dreaming of the wonderful moments he would spend with Mohini when she became his wife" He was caught off guard, and the Jester won! The king had to concede defeat"
The Jester was happy that he did not have to giveaway his sister, though she might have become a queen" "Now, my lord, please send for your sister; I shall marry her and make her my wife"
Did you say marry, my friend?" asked the king, rather run believingly" "Look here, I'"ve only one sister and she is already married to the wealthiest merchant here" Madhav, you ask for anything else, and I shall give it to you willingly"