Climbing out of Trouble

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Tenali Rama once incurred the displeasure of the king, and the monarch ordered him to quit his dominions.

Some days later as the king was riding through a forest, he saw a man, who on seeing the king, promptly climbed up a tree.

The king stopped under the tree and looking up, saw that it was Tenali Rama.

“You are still here!” he thundered. “Did l not tell you to leave my kingdom?”

“You did, Your Majesty,” said Rama. “Accordingly, l travelled all over the world, but wherever I went l learnt that l was still in your dominions. Now the only thing left for me to do is to go to Heaven, and as you can see l have already made a start in that direction.”

The king laughed and forgave the jester.

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