Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Retriving the Ring

Once Akbar threw his gold ring into a dry well and asked his minister's to retrieve it without climbing down into the well.
The ministers scratched their heads and thought deeply but soon had to admit defeat. Birbal, however, could never resist a challenge.
"Your Majesty, you shall get back your ring by sundown", he declared.
Birbal took some fresh cow-dung from the ground and threw it on top of the ring. He tied a stone to one end of a long piece of string and retaining the other end, threw the stone on the dung. After a while, when he felt sure that the cow-dung had dried completely, he pulled the string up. To everyone's surprise the cow-dung came up and stuck at the bottom was Emperor's ring.

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