Rama Climbs Out of Trouble
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.