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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor - The begining

Once upon a time a poor porter named Hindbad lived in Bagdad, who on a very hot day was sent to carry a heavy load from one end of the city to the other. Midway to his destination, he was so tired and wanted to rest a bit. He sat down to rest in the shade of a grand house. A cool breeze was blowing from the gardens of the grand house he sat in front of. The scent of exquisite perfumes came from the open windows of the grand house. He could hear the sound of soothing music from inside the grand house which mingled with the chirping of the birds relaxing in the gardens of the house.
He wondered who lived in this magnificent house which he had never seen before, the street in which it stood being one which he seldom had occasion to pass. To satisfy his curiosity he went up to the guards who stood at the door, and asked one of them the name of the master of the mansion.
The guard replied "It belongs to the noble Sindbad the Sailor, that famous traveler who sailed over every sea upon which the sun shines"
The porter, who had often heard people speak of the immense wealth of Sindbad, could not help feeling envious of one whose lot seemed to be as happy as his own was miserable. Casting his eyes up to the sky he exclaimed aloud, "Consider, O God Almighty, the differences between Sindbad's life and mine. Every day I suffer numerous hardships and misfortunes, and have to do hard work to get even a single meal to keep myself and my family alive, while the lucky Sindbad spends money to live a life full of luxury ! What has he done that you should give him this pleasant life-- what have I done to deserve all the hardships?"
A minute later, a servant came out of the palace, and said, "Come with me, the noble Sindbad, my master, wishes to speak to you."
Hindbad feared that his unguarded words might have been heard by Sindbad, so he tried to excuse himself upon the pretext that he has a delivery to complete. However the servant promised him that it would be taken care of, and urged him to see Sindbad.
He followed the servant into a vast room, where Sindbad and his friends sat around a great table full of delicacies. Sindbad, making a sign to him to approach, caused him to be seated at his right hand, and gave him a plate full of food, and glass of excellent wine, and asked his name and occupation.
"My lord," replied the porter, "I am called Hindbad and I am a porter"
"I am glad to see you here," continued Sindbad. "I wish you to tell me what it was that you said just now in the street." For Sindbad, passing by the open window before the feast began, had heard his complaint and therefore had sent for him.
At this question Hindbad replied, "My lord, I confess that, overcome by weariness, I uttered indiscreet words, which I pray you to pardon me."
"Oh!" replied Sindbad, "I understand your situation and can pity you. You doubtless imagine that I have acquired all the wealth and luxury that you see me enjoy, without difficulty or danger, but that is not the case. I have only reached this happy state after having suffered for years every possible kind of hardship and danger.
"Yes, my noble friends," he continued, addressing the company, "l assure you that my adventures have been strange enough to deter even the most brave men from seeking wealth by traversing the seas. I will now give you a full and true story of my adventures."
Thus Sindbad started relating his adventures to his friends and the porter.

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