The above story is based on a parable “The Wise King” which appears in Khalil Gibran‘s book The Madman.

You can also read the English version of the comic here.


I like Gibran’s work because it mixes philosophy and fantasy. I got introduced to him when I found an old beat-up copy of his book The Prophet at home. I started reading it only because this copy had belonged to my Dad during his college days and he had made very starry-eyed philosophical remarks in the margins which I found very amusing. Nevertheless, I really got into the book.


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I’m currently working on a non-fiction graphic novel on the Indus Valley Civilisation which is expected to come out in September 2018. To stay up to date with my work you can follow me on Facebook. – Nikhil Gulati