Not even the gods can withhold success from a man who works hard for it, suggests this folk tale from Nepal.
Mahadeva, walking with Parvati past a row of parched fields, saw a solitary farmer sowing seeds in his fields.
"How do you expect those seeds to sprout when there's no rain?" asked Mahadeva.
"It'll rain tonight," said the farmer.
"I don't think so," said Mahadeva, looking up at the cloudless sky.
"It will," said the farmer.
"It won't," said the god.
"We'll see who's right, tonight," said the man and resumed his work.
Mahadeva, annoyed that a mortal should take his views so lightly, went to Indra, Lord of Rain, and requested him not to send rain to earth that night.
"I won't," said Indra. "But if the frogs start croaking then I'll be helpless.