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Ram Shastry was a wealthy farmer. One day he got an urge to eat baingan ka bharta. He sent his manservant Kanu to the market in search of fresh eggplants for the dish. Kanu returned after a futile search five hours later. “Baingans are out of season,” he explained. Ram Shastry could not be placated. He just had to eat his favorite dish. So he decided he would grow the biggest eggplant in the world. He sowed the seeds for a baingan plant. He weeded his garden, and watered it. He fertilized the baby seedling again and again. Soon the plant grew in size and one day he saw a tiny baingan peeking out from among the leaves. He nurtured it with care and confidence. The baingan grew bigger and bigger. It grew to be the biggest baingan in the world. When he went to harvest the vegetable, however, he realized that it was really heavy.
He pulled and he pulled, but he couldn’t get it to budge. Mrs. Shastry came and tried her luck. She huffed and she puffed, but the vegetable wouldn’t move an inch. Kanu decided to try his luck. He heaved and he shoved, but the baingan stayed put. Luv and Kush, Shastry’s eight-year-old twins had an idea.
Luv and Kush asked their parents whether some of the village people would be able to help them. So the two children ran into the village and called as loud as they could, "People of the Village! Our father needs your help harvesting the largest baingan he has! He needs your help!!!" But no villagers came to them. Then Luv added, "Our father will give you a share of the baingan if you help him!" Suddenly thousands of people came running to the children, and they follwed them to Ram Shastry's farm. The villagers looked in amasement at the baingan, then they all stood behind one another and pulled as much as they could. Then, the baingan popped out of the soil which made all the people fly! Ram Shastry stood up and offered everyone a hand in getting up off the ground. In the end, Ram Shastry offered a large piece of the baingan to every villager who helped him, but he gave the two largest pieces to his children, Luv and Kush.......
The twins went and opened the door hidden in an oak tree. In a minute,the twins brought a pair of magic shears. They cut the baingan by the stem. The baingan was cut!
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