"This is the best portrait I've ever seen!" said the king to the royal painter. "I must reward you. I know! I'll make you prime minister."
The result was a disaster. The artist knew nothing of statecraft. "Help me, Tenalirama!" he said.
Tenalirama organized a feast. The king started to eat, but spat the food out. "This is disgusting!" he shouted. "Summon the cook!"
The cook came in.
"But you're the royal carpenter!" said the king.
Tenalirama laughed. "And letting the carpenter cook is about as bad as making the painter prime minister!"
The king laughed. Tenalirama was right, again.
Inspired by: The Wit of Tenali Raman by Devika Rangachari
Notes: This story is on p. 89 of the book.