178. Tenalirama and the Painter

"This is the best portrait I've ever seen!" King Krishnadevaraya said to the royal painter. "I must reward you. I'll make you prime minister."
The result was a complete disaster. The royal painter 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 making a carpenter cook is about as bad as making a painter prime minister!"
The king laughed.
Tenalirama was right, again.

Inspired byThe Wit of Tenali Raman by Devika Rangachari
Notes: This story is on p. 89 of the book.

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