ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 253
In this 253rd issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates “THE STORY OF THE PORTER and THE LADIES OF BAGHDAD”
As per usual a porter took his place in Baghdad’s market, reclining against his crate, waiting for business. A female wrapped in an izár with gold-embroidered silk and a border of gold lace ordered the porter to bring his crate and trolley and follow her. Thinking good fortune was smiling on him, he scrambles up and follows her around the market as she shops, filling his crate with supplies. Soon his crate is full and almost overflowing.
Then she bids him follow her home and they come to a well-appointed house. He follows her into the courtyard where she knocks upon a door. It is opened by a young maiden, the sister of the woman he has been following all morning. She orders he take it up to the kitchen. Inside he sees a sumptuously furnished dwelling. decorated with various colours, and beautifully constructed, with carved wood-work, and fountains, and benches of different kinds, and closets with curtains hanging before them; there was also in it, at the upper end, a couch of alabaster inlaid with large pearls and jewels, with a musquito-curtain of red satin suspended over it, and within this was a young lady with eyes possessing the enchantment of Bábil, and a figure like the letter Alif, with a face that put to shame the shining sun:. He sees she is a third sister. He almost drops the crate when his eyes fall upon her beauty. He is paid 2 pieces of gold, a veritable fortune for him, and given instructions to depart.
He lingers and they think they have not paid him enough, but he is ogling them. However, they pay him another piece of gold. They then enter more conversation whiling away the day quoting poetry and having discussion on many subjects.
He notices it is getting dark when there is a knock at the door and they are joined by three men, each with a patch over his left eye. The three strangers are entertained with food and drink and more witty conversation. The three ladies not realising they are in the presence of the Kaleefeh (King), his Vizier and bodyguard, who were out and about in disguise to secretly assess what the people really thought of their Kaleefeh and what was on their minds. Having become lost they had knocked on a door to find directions home, when they were invited in.
The evening continues and then some strange events take place. The Kaleefeh, the Vizier and the Porter are not sure if what they see is really happening or if they are hallucinating after becoming intoxicated.
Upon returning to the castle the Kaleefeh order his Vizier to investigate whether or not what they saw was real. It is then that the stories emerge. What were the stories you may ask? Is what the Kaleefeh and the others saw really real? And what became of the porter and the three beautiful women? Well, you’ll just have to download and read this story to find out – wont you?
Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".
Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps.
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