A few hundred years ago, there lived five simple men: Fool, Dodo, Clown, Madman, and DB (short for donkey-brained).
These aren’t their real names. However, it’s been so long since anyone has called them by their real names that no one remembers them anymore. It’s hard to tell who is who because sometimes Fool acts like a clown, Madman acts like a dodo, and they all seem to be donkey-brained.
The five are thrown out of their village as the residents of the village don’t want anybody fooling around, clowning about, or acting mad. The nitwits wander about for a couple of years and finally meet a guru called Paramartha.
Paramartha Guru is not very smart, either.
Together, the Guru and his disciples are incapable of passing even a single day without doing something extremely foolish. From wrecking simple chores like buying a needle to crazy expeditions like hatching a “horse-egg,” Paramartha Guru and his disciples will definitely have you rolling on the floor laughing🤣.
Each of these eight stories is a hilarious read, touching on themes of naivete, smartness, and honesty.
These folk tales were first written in the eighteenth century by Father Beschi, an Italian Jesuit priest who found his way to Tamil Nadu in South India. Locally known as Viramamooni, he wrote extensively in Tamil. This is a rewritten version of the story, tweaked to suit modern sensibilities.