- The two brothers settle into the family palace quickly and
are eager to explore their surroundings. They soon ask their mother
about the family fields and what animals there are to go and see.
Tamarai responds that there is a special young boy who was born to
become their companion and guide. His name is Shambuga and their
first task is to go and meet him.
- The twins rush out to the nearby settlement where Shambuga
lives with his mother and identify his house. They knock on the
- Shambuga steps out and offers to help in any way he can. He
is strong and knowledgeable. What would his two new masters like to
do first, he asks?
- Ponnar and Shankar want to meet the cows. So Shambuga takes
them to the cow pen where the young calves are gambling about.
- Shankar climbs the fence to pet one of the young animals.
They are friendly and come over readily to greet him and enjoy his
attention. As usual, Ponnar who is the shy and reserved twin,
simply watches his brother with wide eyes and admiration.
- Next Shankar speaks up and asks to see the family’s horses.
Shambuga is ready to help find them. He knows that there are two
colts around somewhere. But they run, prance and jump about about
in a very large pasture.
- Finally the three boys spot the young horses They are busy
running around in a large field, seeming to playfully chase each
- As soon as the three youths approach the two colts casually
jump a fence.
- Shambuga can run like the wind, leaping fences at will.
- The twin princes try their best to imitate him. They are
impressed with his seemingly magical level of skill.
- Eventually Shambuga catches up to the young horses and starts
to coral them.
- His skill and confidence cause the horses to obey him and
- Ponnar and Shankar now stand side-by-side with their new
friends. They, too, try to calm the colts with soothing words.
- Meanwhile Shambuga catches some local vipers.
- From their skins he quickly makes halters for these frisky
animals. He wants to make sure that his masters have a way of
controlling the steeds on their first ride!
- The young place brothers watch his skill in handling these
dangerous snakes with wide eyes. They are amazed.
- Some of the vipers’ great power will soon transfer to the
horses themselves. The two colts’ special blue-black color is
evidence of their inner magic and supernatural, strength.
- Ponnar and Shankar are natural riders. They jump on the
colts bare backs and start a wild ride. Shambuga runs along behind
- Tired after a long morning of adventure the three return to the palace where their mother awaits them. The boys hand the colts to Shambuga. He is responsible for their care and skillfully leads them back to their coral. Life in Ponnivala is full of adventures for these two princes. But for their sister life is far less exciting. She remains in the palace, first in her cradle, and then in her swing… day after day! Her movements are gentle, soft and safe while her brothers’ lives are full of danger and physical action. After all, as young princes they must be ready to meet the challenges that frequently face king. These two boys are rulers-in-waiting.
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