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A Clever Old Woman

In a village one old woman was living alone. She had only one child - a daughter. She was married and living in a nearby village. One day the old woman decided to go to her daughter's village to meet her.
She had to walk through a forest to go to that village. When she was walking in the forest, one lion came and told her that he is very hungry so he will eat her. The old woman was very clever so decided to make the lion fool. She told the lion:
"I am very old. I am very thin. What you will get if you will eat me? Let me go to my daughter's house. Let me eat some good food. I will become healthy then you eat me".
The lion thought that the old woman is right because if he will eat her now, he will not get anything but just bones! If he will eat her after she comes back from her daughter's house, then he will get some flesh and blood! So the lion allowed her to go.
On her way, the old woman also met a tiger and a bear. She used the same trick and made them fool.
After staying at her daughter's house for some days, she decided to return back to her home. She knew that the lion, tiger and bear will meet her and kill her. So she used a trick and prepared one big round jar. She sat inside the jar and rolled it from inside.
In the forest, the lion saw this rolling jar. He asked the jar:
"Have you seen that old woman who has gone to her daughter's village?"
The clever old woman changed her voice and replied from the jar:
"Which old woman? Which village? Roll jar. Roll jar..."
The lion got afraid by this "self rolling" jar and gave the way. The tiger and bear also got afraid.
The clever old woman reached her home safely.

Translated from Gujarati into English by Tushar Anjaria

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