The Louse and the Mosquito


The Louse and the Mosquito

MMosquitoes are definitely not a human’s best friend and if this hilarious story is to be believed, neither do they make great friends with other insects, particularly the louse.

Poem Title: The Louse and The Mosquito
Author: Vikram Seth
Storyteller: Ajay Dasgupta
Language: English

About This Story

The Louse and The Mosquito is a delightful poem by Vikram Seth from his book Beastly Tales From Here And There. This poem is based on an Indian legend that may be traced back to the Katha Sarita Sagar. A kind hearted louse, who lives with his family in a king’s quilt, allows a clever mosquito to become a guest just for one night. Trouble begins when the impatient mosquito ends up biting the king despite strict instructions from the louse.

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Poem Source: Google Books: Beastly Tales From Here And There
Image courtesy: Google Books

Ajay Dasgupta

Storyteller, Game Designer, Facilitator, and Social Media practitioner who believes that technology, intent and the Agile methodology can change the world. He is the founder of The Kahani Project and also the co-founder of Epiphany Learning (

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