This is a story of two parrot bothers, Radha and Potthapada. They loved to travel far and wide in search of food and visit new places.
Once, they entered the King’s palace garden and were caught in a trap. Both Radha and Potthapada were brought before the king, who could not just keep eyes off the stunning birds. The king ordered his men to keep the Birds in a special cage made of gold. They were fed with the choicest foods everyday.
Radha and Potthapada were the toast of the King’s palace. Royal guests would stand by and admire the Birds in golden cage. Life was very comfortable for them until the day a huge ape was brought to the Palace. The ugly ape was named Kalabahu. Soon, all attention that was reserved for the parrot’s was now enjoyed by Kalabahu. People had not seen such a huge ape before. Kalabahu became the center of attraction of all guests and the royal palace Officials. As a result, the parrots started feeling neglected. Nobody cared whether they Were fed on time or not.
Potthapada, the younger of the two parrots, was deeply hurt. He confided in his elder brother, “Let us leave here and go elsewhere. Nobody cares for us anymore.”
Radha, wiser Of the two, Replied, “Potthapada, my brother, do not feel so sad. Attention, praise and blame, and honor and dishonor are temporary facets of life. Soon will people get tired of the Ape’s antics and know your true worth.”
And, sure enough, people started disliking the Ape as he did fooling around and misbehaved too much. The king found his acts offensive, and ordered that the ape be sent back to the forest. People started paying attention to well-behaved and beautiful parrots once again.