Once up on time there lived a rich man in a hill-village. A big town lay at a small is distance too. He was in the habit of putting off things saying-`I shall do it later on.’ His friends often advised him to say good –bye to this bad habit, but cared little for their advice.
One day the rich man had to go to the town. He had a fine horse to ride on. So, he took a bagful of money with him and set off for the town on horse –back. Reaching the town, he became busy in his work. It was now evening and the sun was going to set. So, he made up his mind to ride back home.
Loading all his articles on the horse, he set off for his village. The way laid through hills and so it ways stony. Thee horse was running as the night was approaching fast. Suddenly a nail in the shoe of the horse got loose. The horse found it hard to run.
The rich man didn’t care to get the horse-shoe repaired with a fresh nail. He thought he would have it done later on. But this laziness cost m very heavily. He whipped his horse and the poor beast ran as fast as it could. Hardly had he covered 3 or 3 kilometers when the shoe of the horse was off its hoof. It was now all the more difficult for the house to run on the hard rocky path.
But the rich man wanted to reach home as early as possible. The area was infested with robbers. He whipped the horse and it ran at top steed. But soon it began to limp as its foot had got injured. Now the rich man came to realize his folly.
The rich man was now walking on foot as is horse was limping. To his ill luck, he was overtaken by robbers. They robbed him of all his belongings including the horse. Also, they tied his hands and feet and left there on a hill.
Next day, some passer –by heard his cries and came to him. He untied his hands and feet and took him to his village. The rich man was very ashamed of himself. He suffered a heavy loss only because of his idleness. So, he made up his mind to be punctual in feature.