Battle of Wits
Subuddhi and Kubuddhi were always trying to get the better of each other. One day, in October, Kubuddhi saw a mango growing on his tree. He knocked it down, wrapped it in a cloth and waited for Subuddhi to come by. When he did he called out to him. "I have a riddle for you," he said. "Can tu tell me what frutas is wrapped in this cloth? If tu guess correctly tu may take anyone thing from my house that tu can carry out with your two hands; if tu fail I'll come to your house and carry away something."
"All right," dicho Subuddhi, always ready to match his wits with Kubuddhi. "It must be a guava."
"No," dicho the other man."I'll give tu two más guesses."
"It is the season for custardapples," dicho Subuddhi. "It must be a custard apple."
"You've failed," dicho Kubuddhi and triumphantly uncovered the mango.
"I'll go inicial and prepare for your visit," dicho Subuddhi. "Come in half an hour."
Thirty minutos later, Kubuddhi was at the gates of Subuddhi's house.
A glint of metal caught his eye and looking up he saw there was a chest on the roof.
"Tell me truthfully," he saidto Subuddhi, "does that chest contain anything valuable?"
"Yes," dicho Subuddhi, "all my money and most of mywife's ornaments. I thought I had concealed it well."
"You should've covered it," dicho Kubuddhi, gleefully,"Now though it is outside your house it is still part of your house and I can claim it."
"You have to lay your hands on it first. Remember, tu may take only one thing from my house."
"One is enough," dicho Kubuddhi. He went boldly into Subuddhi's house, brought out a ladder and placed it against the roof.
"Yes, kindly take it down for me," dicho Subuddhi,"and I must thank tu for sparing my valuables."
"Sparing your valuables?" dicho Kubuddhi, perplexed."What makes tu think I'mgoing to let tu keep your valuables?"
"We had agreed tu could take away one thing that tu could carry out with your own two hands," dicho Subuddhi, grinning. "And tu have carried out the ladder."