STORY- Thinking Out of Box

Once upon a time, a merchant named Sohan owed a huge sum of money to Rohan, a money lender. The time came when the merchant ran out of the last chance given to him to give the money back.

Sohan had a beautiful daughter. Rohan asked the merchant to give all the money back failing which he will marry his beautiful daughter.

Rohan was not at all good looking and was ill minded, so the merchant was in dilemma. Rohan proposed a new condition. There was a mix of black and white pebbles on the ground where they were standing. He will take two pebbles on both the hands, one will be white and the other will be black.

If the daughter correctly chooses the white pebble, then Rohan will write off all the debt and leave the marriage proposal too. But if she chooses the black pebble, he will write off the debt but will marry the daughter.

Rohan bent down to pick the pebbles from the ground and the daughter noticed that he took black pebbles on both hands.

The girl had three choices- to notify the same to her father which may provoke Rohan, take the black pebble and sacrifice her life or simply refuse to take the pebble which might land her father into trouble. But what she did totally surprise Rohan.

She took the pebble from his hand and ‘accidentally’ the pebble fell off from her hand to ground. She then asked Rohan to see which color pebble was left in his hand to identify the color she picked. Rohan had no other choice but to show the black color pebble in his hand and set them both free.


Sometimes, life offers a person a situations which not only demands hard work and perseverance but some creative thinking and presence of mind which saves the situation.

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