I know that you belong to the famous lineage of the greatest of clouds, Pushkara and Avartaka. I know too that you are Indra’s (the king of the gods) right-hand man and that you are capable of changing your form at will. That is why I, who have been displaced from my relatives by fate, approach you to ask a favour of you. It is better that we are refused help by virtuous people than to receive help from lowly persons.
[From Kalidasa’s poem, Meghadootam – The Cloud Messenger. Follow link on right for transliteration of verse and full story]