The boss was called to the hospital where his three employees had been admitted after having suffered a lot of injuries.
Boss: What happened to you all? Were you beaten up? Was there a fight just like last year? Who did this? Should I file a complaint?
Employee One: I don’t think filing a complaint would make things any better sir.
Employee Two: Make things better! It won’t do a thing at all. I don’t think you can even file a complaint at all.
Boss: What do you mean?
Employee Three: I don’t think gossiping is a crime sir, even if men were doing it!
Boss: Will someone tell me what happened? I let you go to the temple and this is what happens, you all end up in a hospital with broken bones. Someone tell me who did this to you.
Employee Three: The Elephant sir!
Boss (Shocked): What?! Did the elephant run?
Employee Three: That was what we thought sir!
Boss (Angry): Tell me what happened or I’ll hit you all so bad you will need fresh stitches.
Employee One: When we reached the temple we were expecting a procession of god on top of the elephant but it was silent all around and there were very few people seen. A group of people were standing in a corner and talking about the elephant having run!
Employee Two: I also heard the elephant roar sir!
Boss: So what happened? You should have taken yourselves far from the place as possible not wait there for the elephant to get you.
Employee Two: That was what I did sir! I ran the moment I heard the roar.
Boss: So how did you get hurt? Did you fall?
Employee Two: No sir. I was running too fast and not looking where I was going. The moment I stepped on to the road from inside the temple I was hit by a two wheeler.
Boss: Fool, thank god it wasn’t a truck! Well, getting hit by a two wheeler is better than being kicked by an elephant. What about you two?
Employee Three: I fainted the moment I heard them and the roar sir.
Boss: Then what? How did you get injured? Did someone fall on you or step over you while running?
Employee Three: No sir. No one fell on me rather I fell on someone else.
Boss: What do you mean?
Employee One: There was a woman sitting there sir, he fell on top of her! She began screaming and suddenly there was a crowd of people who beat him up even though he was already unconscious!
Boss: Fools! What about you?
Employee One: I was calm and collected sir! I thought that it was an emergency situation and that I should help people out rather than lose my wits! I immediately dialled the police and the fire force and informed them of the elephant!
Boss: Good! Then what happened? Did the elephant get to you before they arrived? Did you get injured trying to save someone else?
Employee One: There was no angry elephant sir! The function had been delayed by an hour so very few people had arrived. The elephant had a habit of roaring while being decorated for the parade. And the men, they were talking about some other elephant which had run in some other temple last year! They told me all this when I asked them how bad was the damaged caused so far by the elephant.
Boss: So how did you get injured?
Employee One: The police took me into custody for making false calls on emergency numbers. They told me they would charge me with fine and let me go after that but when we got to the station they seemed to have changed their mind. They kicked me all over and even threatened to charge me on various grounds! They stopped only when they saw that I couldn’t even cry any longer!
Boss: The lesson you should learn from all this is that you should think well before you act! Look before you leap!
Employee Two: What! I thought you would say something that drivers of two wheelers should be more careful!
Employee One: Or that there was too much corruption and misuse of power in the police force!
Employee Three: Think before you act! Ha, tell that to that crazy woman! I didn’t act at all and I’m the one who got the most injuries!!
With prayers to Panjabjapuresha on the occasion of his temple festival
-Ashok Sri Krishna