The Tiger King
This chapter revolves around the king of Pratibandapuram who was blind in power therefore met his end tragically. Actually when he was born, the child was declared as champion of champions, warrior of warriors & hero of heroes by the astrologers. Besides, it was also predicted that he was born in the hour of bull, bulls and tigers are enemies therefore his death comes from a tiger.
Hearing this prophecy, the ten day old boy Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur starts speaking astonishingly. He challenges the astrologers and threaten tigers too in his squeaky voice. The king grows up hale and hearty with the passage of time. He drinks the milk of an English cow, watches English movies and brought up by an English nanny and tutored by an English man.
When he sits on the throne as a king, he shoots his first tiger and sends for the chief of the astrologer. There, he gets to know that his death will come from the hundredth tiger not before that.
He keeps on killing the tigers one by one till he reaches the tally of 70 and faces the extinction of tiger’s population. Soon, he decides to get married in order to kill rest of the 30 tigers. He kills five or six tigers every time he goes to his father-in-law’s estate. In this way, he reaches the tally of 99 but the same problem occurs again. The population of tigers once again comes on the verge of extinction.
Filled with fury and rage, the Tiger King, starts firing all his employees one by one. He even asks his trustworthy Dewan to quit his job if he fails to arrange the hundredth tiger. Dewan, who is in the fear of losing his job, arranges an old and weak tiger from People’s park, Madras and leaves it into the Maharaja’s presence. Having seen the tiger, the maharaja takes the aim and shoots the tiger.
The tiger, being weak and old, actually faints of whizzing sound of the bullet. Considering him dead, the Maharaja orders his hunters to bring the carcass to Pratibandapuram. When they go to pick up the body, they find the tiger rolling its eyes. They shoot him due to fear of being sacked from the job.
Now comes Maharaja Son’s third birthday, he buys a wooden tiger for his birthday which was carved by an unskilled carpenter and had a rough surface with tiny slivers stood up like quills. While playing, one of slivers pierces Maharaja’s right hand which leads to infection followed by his death. In this way, the king of kings, hero of heroes, and champion of champions dies ironically in the end.
Besides Kalki often takes a dig at his personality, behavior and his minions throughout the chapter.
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