Once, an Arab horse trader came to Krishan Deva Raya’s court.
He said, “Your Majesty, see this Arab steed! It is my finest. If you like, I can get more.”
Krishna Deva Raya replied thoughtfully, “This is the only breed missing from my stable.”
The king saw the beautiful horses standing outside his palace.
Krishna Deva Raya said impulsively, “I will buy them all!”
The trader replied, “I need an advance of 5000 gold coins. I’ll bring them in two days.”
Two weeks passed.
Krishna Deva Raya thought to himself while walking in his garden, “Where is the trader?” He saw Tenali Raman sitting there, writing on a piece of paper.
Krishna Deva Raya asked, “What are you writing, Tenali Raman?”
Tenali Raman replied, “I’m listing the biggest fools in the land.”
Curious, Krishna Deva Raya said, “Let me have a look.” Tenali Raman handed him the paper.
Krishna Deva Raya was taken aback and angry. “How can my name be at the top of this list? I’m the king!”
Tenali Raman retorted, “Whoever gives a stranger 5000 gold coins and thinks that he will return is a fool, Your Majesty.”
Krishna Deva Raya asked, “What if he returns?”
Tenali Raman replied in an instant, “Then I will put his name at the top of the list instead of yours!”
Krishna Deva Raya said, “I understand what you’re saying, Tenali. I will always consult you now on important matters.”