The people, including his wife, thought that suddenly Gopal had gone crazy. This opinion was formed because: he had only partially shaved his face, he had smeared himself with ash, and, he had put on rags.
Gopal was asked to prove his cleverness to the king. The king asked him to buy a huge Hilsa-fish and bring it to the palace without anybody asking anything about it.
The Hilsa-fish had been bought by Gopal and no one had asked him about it on his way to the palace. He had done, what the king had thought was impossible by dressing himself in a strange disguise.
Gopal’s cleverness was doubted by the king. The king did not think that Gopal would be able to buy a huge Hilsa-fish and bring it to the palace without anyone asking him about it. The same challenge was accepted by Gopal.
All the people including the king’s courtiers talked about the Hilsa-fish only, the whole time. Thus, we can say that it was the season of Hilsa-fish.
The king was happy about it and congratulated Gopal for winning the challenge.
Gopal’s wife thought that her husband had gone mad.
The fishmongers lured the customers by saying that the price of the Hilsa-fish had come down that day.
Everyone was interested in the comical way Gopal had dressed himself. Some called him a madman, others termed him as mystical. No one seemed to be interested in talking about the Hilsa-fish which he bought. This was exactly what Gopal wanted.
Gopal dressed in a comical way. He reached the court and started dancing and singing loudly. The chaotic sound reached the king’s ears; he became inquisitive and ordered the guards to let him inside the palace.