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Creative thinking

posted by kriti on 14/Feb/2020

It is wisdom that can take us through tough times. When we are left with choices between the devil and the deep sea, wisdom gives us wings to fly and save our lives. The story which I am sharing here teaches how out of the box thinking can easily give us a way to slide from unfavorable options.

 In a small village, there was a farmer named Haria. He had a small piece of agricultural land. Haria was under heavy debts. For the last three consecutive years, he kept taking a loan from the local moneylender, Sahu. Due to insufficient rain, Haria was not able to repay the loan.

Many farmers of the village were going through the same situation, few of them committed suicide and some died of starvation. Sahu was concious of the situation. He thought of meeting Haria as he was afraid that Haria might also end his life like other farmers.

Sahu was a corrupt businessman. He knew that Haria had a beautiful daughter and he wanted her to get married to his autistic son. 

Considering this factor in his mind he gave the loan to Haria.

Sahu called Haria and his daughter, Sana in fields. He told them that he has decided to completely wipe out the debt owed to him but on a condition that Sana will marry his autistic son.

Hearing this both the father and the daughter were in terror and started weeping. In order to show his greatness, Sahu offered a way to escape. He asked Sana to try her luck.

He said he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black. Sana will have to pick out a pebble. If she takes out a black pebble than she has got to marry her son so as to eliminate the debts, but if she takes out white pebble than the debts will be wiped out completely without any condition. 

The girl agreed to it. Standing on a pebble-strewn path Sahu picked up two pebbles. Sana noticed that Sahu picked two black pebbles instead of one white and one black, and placed them in the bag.

He then asked Sana to reach into the bag and pick one pebble.

Knowing the fact, Sana had three choices- 

  1. Refuse to select a pebble from the bag.
  2. Take out both the pebbles and expose Sahu's act of cheat.
  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

The smart girl was an out of box thinker. She smartly drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the Sahu “Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you check out the bag for the one that's left, you'll be ready to tell which pebble I picked.”


The pebble left within the bag was obviously black. Sahu gauged her smartness. He didn't want to be exposed so he remained silent. Sana's creative thinking and wisdom freed his father from debts and saved her future too.


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