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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Snake and a Frog

Once upon a time there lived a frog king in a deep well. His subjects too lived in the same well. Some of his relatives wanted to grab his throne and hatched a plan with the connivance of a minister of the kingdom captured the throne and drove the king frog and his family away.
The king frog took a vow to take a revenge and teach them the lesson of their life. He headed straight towards. the hole of a big black serpent, and called out to the serpent. The serpent was surprised to hear a frog calling him. He came out of the hole.

"I wish to be your friend", said the king frog.
"But we are born enemies," replied the serpent. "How's it possible?"
"I will make it possible. I have a proposal," said king frog. He spoke to the serpent about his plan and told him that he was bent upon teaching his relatives a lesson. "I want to punish them. I will take you to the well and in the process you can eat them all."
"Okay, lead me to the well. I'll teach your relatives a lesson", said the serpent hissing loudly.
The king frog took the serpent to his well and said, "Here live my relatives and rebels. You can eat them all, but please spare my near and dear ones."
"All right," said the serpent and entered the well followed by the king frog. There he started eating the frogs, one by one, as and when pointed out by the king frog. Soon all the enemies of the king frog were eaten up by the serpent.
Now it was the turn of the king frog and his family. The serpent said to the king frog, "As you see, I've finished all your relatives and rebels. I've eaten your disloyal minister also. Now I've nothing to eat except you and your family."
King frog realized his folly. He had befriended his enemy to achieve his own selfish ends and settle his score with his enemies. He, somehow, managed to gather some courage and said to the serpent, "No problem. I'll visit some other wells and ponds and persuade the frogs living there to resettle themselves in this empty well. Once they are in here, you can feast on them with ease."
"That's, good", the serpent became happy. "Do it soon. I'm hungry."
Both the king frog and his family came out of the well and took to their heels, never to return to the same well again.
Moral : A natural enemy can not be depended on.