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Oct 4, 2006

Puzzle Time..

Pebble Story

Many years ago, in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful daughter. So, he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So, the cunning moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.

He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father's debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, her father need not repay the debt and she need not marry him either. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail. They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. Now, imagine you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking. The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the Girl to do?

If you already know this, play sport and if you dont know give it a try....

Good luck!!!

Bingo.. Shilpa got it right first... you try it on your own and go to the comment section only after you try..


Shilpa said...

Interesting !

I would tell the girl to pick a pebble and throw it away.Anyway as there are many pebbles there, they cannot determine what pebble she threw. Then by looking at what is left in the bag...she can claim that she picked the white pebble.

mommyof2 said...

I thought the same as Shilpa or she could change the rule by going with the marble left in the bag. She will pick the black one which all the people will see so thinking the white one is in the bag she is safe:-)

Sush said...

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. "Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't attempt to think.

Keshi said...

I think u guys r too smart :) I had no idea hehehehe.


Kalpana said...

A good vitamin to our mind.

Has to be me said...

Yup girl read this before so I knew the answer! :)

La vida Loca said...

the mind wanders in strange ways....

Gauri said...

Had read this one before too. Good One nevertheless !!

Seemingly complex situations have simple answers, don't they - provided we remember to keep our wits about !!

Shilpa said...

:) Do you have more puzzles ?

For Evil Eyes on LO