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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Crow and a Cobra

Once upon a time, there lived a pair of crows with their young ones on a huge tree. And at the root of the tree there lived a cobra in a deep hole. Every time the crows laid their eggs, the serpent crept up the tree and ate all the eggs and the young ones. This made the crows very sad and grief stricken. They didn't know how to get rid of the killer serpent and save their young.

One day, the crows went to their friend fox and told him of their problem and asked him as to how they can get rid of the serpent.

The fox said "Go to the king's palace and go the swimming pool in the palace. The queen, while swimming always removes all her ornaments and keeps them on a tray kept by the side of the pool. While she is busy swimming, you two pick up two diamond ornaments from the tray. Drop them into the serpent's hole. The servants of the queen will come chasing you and finding the ornaments in the serpent's hole, they will first kill the serpent and then take the ornaments out of the hole. Thus, the serpent will be killed and you will be safe.

The crows liked the idea. They flew to the king's palace. There they saw the queen in the swimming pool. She had removed her ornaments and kept them in a tray. The crows swooped down upon the tray, picked up two diamond necklaces from it and flew towards the snake's hole . The guards ran after the crows brandishing their sticks and swords. They chased the crows and soon reached the huge tree, where the big snake lived. They saw the crows dropping the diamond necklaces inside the serpent's hole. They first killed the snake by sticks and swords and then took out the ornaments and returned to the palace.

The crows thanked the fox for his idea and lived happily ever after.

Moral : You can overcome even the most grave and persistent dangers by using your brain power.