Narrated by: Harini Shankar, a resident of Arjan Vihar
Tale passed on to her by: Grandmother
Language: Tamil

Once upon a time an old lady was making hot vadas. A crow, waiting for a chance to steal one, sat at a distance. Eventually, the crow flew off with a hot vada in her beak as soon as she got the chance. A cunning Fox who lived in the same town saw the Crow fly off with the vada in her beak and settle on a branch of a tree.

The fox instantly thought of a plan to get the hot vada from the foolish crow. He went to the foot of the tree and said “How are you, Madam Crow?” The crow replied, “Very well. How about are you, Mr Fox?” “Oh, I am good. But well, how fine you are looking today! Look, how glossy your feathers are looking; how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your feathers do; let me hear but one song from you, the very charming Queen of Birds.”

The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the Vada fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by the cunning Fox.

The fox laughed and said “Thank you, oh gullible crow. That was all I wanted. Thank you so much for this hot vada, I will relish it.” With this, the fox went away while the crow repented for her foolishness.

The moral of the story is one should not trust flatterers blindly.