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A Strange Wrestling Match Summary
A Strange Wrestling Match Introduction
The lesson tells a story of a boastful wrestler, who was trapped by his own follies. He took a challenge to visit the haunted desert inhabited by a nasty ghost. An old woman gave him a few things which helped him to fight back the ghost. But at the end of the story, he realised his mistakes and the haunted desert was no longer a haunted place for the villagers.
A Strange Wrestling Match Part 1 Summary
A well built, massive shouldered and muscular wrestler Vijay Singh, could defeat any other wrestlers. He had a weakness and he was often troubled by his boastful nature.
One day, after drinking many glasses of milk, he proclaimed that he could teach a lesson even to a stout ghost. The listeners reacted differently; some gave their acceptance while others had an apprehension to what he said.
One of them suggested he to visit the haunted desert and there he could surely meet with a ghost. Travelers were looted and killed. He took it upon himself to find a ghost. He was told to take a road journey to Jaisalmer which was ten miles away and the landmark was a black rock.
He set out for the haunted desert. An eccentric old woman gave him a small packet containing an egg and a lump of salt. However, Vijay Singh did not know the utility of these things, yet he moved ahead.
It grew dark when Vijay Singh reached the haunted desert. He was called him by name and pretended to be his friend Natwar. By then, Vijay Singh realised that it was a ghost. He was detested at all but called him to size him up.
When he showed off, Vijay Singh declared that he was just a ‘plain lying ghost’. The ghost was stunned at his behavior; otherwise, people got scared and were amazed to hear that the man wanted to meet a ghost.
When he asked the reason of his lookout for a ghost, Vijay Singh called him stupid. Vijay Singh told him that he wanted to fight a ghost as he was tired of fighting with men.
The ghost tried to demoralize him by saying that he did not seem to be that strong, so Vijay Singh challenged him to give a demonstration of his strength.
A Strange Wrestling Match Part 2 Summary
To challenge the ghost he gave a piece of rock to him to squeeze liquid from the rock. The ghost tried but failed. Vijay Singh stealthily looked out for an egg from his pocket and exchanged it with the rock and pretended to break it with force.
Yellow yolk oozed out with a crackling sound similar to the sound of stone cracking. He disposed off the remnants very cleverly in dark.
He again gave a piece of rock to the ghost to extract salt out. When the ghost failed, he showed off the salt from his pockets which he had extracted by his muscular power. The ghost began doubting his ghostly powers. Almost half of the battle was won.
The ghost Invited him to take rest in his place. Vijay Singh happily accepted the invitation and also asked the ghost to come along as his prisoner as a trophy of victory.
The ghost accepted the condition yet vowed to kill Vijay Singh in his sleep. The ghost fed him with dry fruits, milk and provided him a comfortable bed to sleep.
Vijay Singh did not trust at the hospitality of the ghost and placed a bolster in the centre to make it appear like a sleeping man. He hid himself in a dark corner.
The ghost attacked with a stout club and hit hard on the bolster seven times. When the ghost went back to sleep again, he quietly slipped into his bed. In the morning, he groaned and complained that there were insects in his cave, which troubled him seven times by flapping their wings.
The ghost grew panicky and realised the ultimate power of such a formidable wrestler and left his fortune. Vijay Singh returned back to the village with an innumerous wealth of the ghost.
He thanked the old woman for her invaluable gifts and asked to marry her granddaughter. Thereafter, Vijay Singh becomes more sensible and no traveler was ever troubled in the haunted desert.
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