Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Queen's Proposal

July 30, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

Once upon a time in Nepal, there lived a windowed monarch. This monarch was lonely without a spouse. It is hard to explain about loneliness of a woman. Some suggest that only women can understand women; about being widow and lonely forever.

They call her "The Queen" simply by her common name rather being called by elite name. She loved the country very much, and there was never a doubt in a single ordinary people's mind how much caring, loving, and faithful their Queen was.

The Queen once held a public announcement to offer a great authoritative position in her palace.

In her newsletter announcement:

"The Palace of Nepal is seeking for possible candidates for authoritative task, anyone who is eligible to apply. The choice criteria are a man above the age of 18 years."

Thousands of people applied for the task, and the choice was very strict. Only two possible candidates got selected for handling an authoritative task in the palace.

These two possible candidates were, Mr. A and Mr. B. Both the candidates were highly skilled, professional, and equal very competitively.

When Queen saw both Mr. A and B. She looked at them very carefully from the top to bottom. She then asked for the candidates saying, "Actually, we lied to you about the public announcement by just saying for an authoritative task; however, it is only just an authoritative task but more is there into this job."

Mr. A and B. just nodded saying, "Yes, madam."

But, I have the job for only one eligible candidate among two of you. I cannot take you both for the job. Therefore, I will give you a task, which will select only one best suitable person for the job. Okay, Madam, they said.

The queen ordered a cow and asked for both Mr. A and B to look after the cow carefully and find number of white hairs in a cow.

A cow had several dark and white patches, and it was not an easy task to find out how many white hairs a cow had.

The queen further suggested that both the candidates would have one hour of time to finish their work. You time starts now, she said.

Mr. A started to look carefully at the cow. He noted white patches in the cow and counted some white hair in the white patches only. Furthermore, he then counted white patches. Then, he found an average hair in white patches of a cow. To find white hairs in a cow, he multiplied hair found in a single white patch with the total number of white patches and came with a total score. He took completely about an hour to complete his work.

But, Mr. B started to analyze the question Queen had given. He felt bad about the question and started to think why Queen has to give such a stupid question after all. Why would not she give some easy question? Moreover, he started to question the question. He spent much of his time thinking about the question and validity of Queen's question. He looked at a cow, but his mind was all over the cow without clear focus or determination to solve a given task.

He thought, "This Queen is really mad, she does not know how to test an ordinary man. How on earth I shall find white hair in a cow; it is like finding number of stars in the sky or hair in man or women's hair. It seems to me that a loneliness of a woman can create many mental problems in their head. I never expected such a silly task from a famous and renowned Queen of our country."

The analysis of a question took rather very long time for Mr. B. He was running out of time. Eventually, he wrote a random number of white hairs in a cow and submitted his answer.

The queen looked after both the answer and the way to solve. Queen then said to both Mr. A and Mr. B that you both did a good work.

A time to select only one candidate came and Queen said, "Mr. A, as winner for the job and Mr. B as looser for the job."

Mr. B was not satisfied with the last choice. He asked, "What is the reason that you have selected Mr. A and not me?" I need your clarification on this one-sided choice.

Queen said, "The reason you were not selected was that you lacked both focus and determination. It is one thing to solve a problem, but it is another thing to find routes to a task. The way in which you solved your task was utterly meaningless. As we have observed the way you both approach your problems, we have seen that you spent much of your time criticizing the task and not solving a task. There was no logic in your solution. But, your counterpart, Mr. A was full of logic and he was trying extremely hard to count white hairs in a cow. We understand that it is an impossible task to count white hairs in a cow, but we wanted to see, the way in which both of you will approach a task."

Mr. B felt guilty of what he did and the way he solved the task or a problem. He could not say much after that, he learned his lesson and never again complain about anything in his life. His motto of life was completely changed.

He finally was heard saying in a local public classroom, "Students, always try to analyze first the task or problem and not questioning the problem giver, moreover, gives more time to improve yourself so that you do not have time to criticize things, people, places or anything or anybody related to your social or political life."

Santosh Kalwar

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Finding Number


White Patches


Given Task


Short Fiction Kalwar


Short Story Kalwar


Queen Queen

It is true that a photo booth hire cannot actually replace a camera but you will never run short of photographs if you think of photo hire.It is true that a photo booth hire cannot actually replace a

By: Simon Liva l Arts & Entertainment > Photography l November 21, 2012 lViews: 268

Well-known director Pascal Laugier is once again all set to frighten his fans with another dreadful affair, The Tall Man. The spooky thriller has been produced by Clément Miserez, Kevin DeWalt,

By: rose jasmin l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l November 02, 2012 lViews: 262

The Good Wife is an American legal drama series. It was first broadcasted on CBS on 22nd September, 2009. It is the creation of Robert King and Michelle King. It is produced by the Kings, Ridley and

By: Monu Mani l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l November 01, 2012 lViews: 259

ICarly in an American teens show created by Dan Schneider who is also the executive producer of the show. this show is about a girl named Carly Shay who along with her best friends Sam and Freeddie

By: elvis l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l October 25, 2012 lViews: 265

Love stories are supposed to be full of romance, seduction and enduring love. As these funny love stories show, however, these stories can also be filled with laughter. Fortunately, shared laughter

By: Jasmine Montford l Arts & Entertainment > Humor l October 25, 2012 lViews: 312

Lost is an American television science fictional series that is full of mystery, adventure and supernatural drama. It was originally broadcasted on ABC from September 22, 2004 to May 23, 2010,

By: ramandeep l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l October 25, 2012 lViews: 337

The Dream Series are writings inspired by experiences and activities encountered in the course of my dreams, plus the interpretations and revelations I receive about each dream. The essence of the

By: Boyewa T'Oritshe Nunul Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 11, 2012 lViews: 168

Global warming causes a huge ice floe to break free from the Antarctic continent and float from McMurdo Sound into the Antarctic Current. As it melts, the ice liberates a virus that has been hidden

By: Michael E Sedgwickl Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 10, 2012 lViews: 185

A Minnesota fisherman, Russ, goes off to Racine, Wisconsin, with his buddy, Bugs, to participate in the annual contest held by Salmon-A-Rama. First prize is a top-of-the-line fishing boat loaded or

By: Michael E Sedgwickl Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 10, 2012 lViews: 173

In the annals of the Wayside folklore it is recorded that many had drifted into her abyss, but few, very few have been known to return to the former life. As the proverb of the Way-Side folkes goes,

By: Boyewa T'Oritshe Nunul Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 06, 2012 lViews: 172

When he had first arrived in the firm someone called him Titch and the name had stuck. He was a short, slight, man, very quiet, but with a keen sense of humour and a total devotion to his job. He was

By: Serena Fairfaxl Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 05, 2012 lViews: 169

Rasselas and Nekayah both are the offspring of Abyssinia royalty who escaped from a happy valley with Imlac in search of happiness. They reach Cairo, the centre of commerce. There travelers as well

By: Ali Oyo Asghar Jl Arts & Entertainment > Short Fictionl April 04, 2012 lViews: 233

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus