Once upon a time, there was a fisherman who lived in an old hut with his wife by the sea. One day, he went for fishing and threw his net into the water, He caught something.
He pulled up the net and it appeared to be a big fish. "Put me back into the water", said the fish; "I am a magic fish".
"Ok, I will put you back," replied the fisherman. He came back home and his wife asked him "Why didn't you catch fish today?"
"I caught a fish, but it was a magic fish, so I let it go," said the man.
"Silly man," said his wife. "Why didn't you make a wish? Go back to the magic fish tell him that I need a pretty house.
"But I don't want to go," said the fisherman.
"Go," said his wife. The fisherman went to the sea and said "Oh magic fish in the sea, come and listen to me." The fish came out and he said "well my wife begged a wish of you."
"What does she want?" The fish asked. "She needs a pretty house", said the fisherman.
"Ok your wife has a pretty house now".
The fisherman went back home and met the pretty house while the old hut had already disappeared. "Oh, we will be happy here," said the fisherman. "We shall see," said the wife; as a material minded lady, she was happy for only a week.
Again she forced the fisherman to go back to the fish and beg for more than a pretty house for her. Now she needed a castle. The fisherman went to the sea and told the fish that his wife needed more than a pretty house, she needed a castle. The fish asked him to go and assured him that his wife had already got the castle.
The fisherman went and met the new castle and the pretty house has disappeared, but his wife was happy for only two weeks. She forced the husband to go back again and tell the fish that she needed more than a castle. She wanted to be the queen of the moon, the sun, and the sky.
"But I don't want to go", said the fisherman. "Go, silly man," said the wife. So the man went and told the fish that his wife wanted a wish again. "She wants to be the queen of the moon, the sun and the sky". 'No', said the fish, "she needs too many things. She cannot be the queen of all these things, now she would go back to the old hut in which she was living." The fisherman went back home and found the previous hut. Everything was gone.
Lessons learnt from this story:
Materialism is not good, one may be lucky at a particular time but one can eventually become a loser. The lady was living in an old hut with her husband. They became lucky and had a pretty house from the magic fish and later a castle. But she wanted too much and lost everything. If you want too much, you may not respect your husband. This lady did not respect her husband and even insulted him.