Nine or Ten!

Once in a desert a man was urging his ten camels to move forward towards a water lake. After walking for a while, he mounted one of the camels and started moving. After few miles, he started counting the camels. To his surprise, he found only nine camels. He discontinued the search and went back in search of the camel. He could not find the lost camel.

Depressed, he returned and again counted the camels. This time, he found ten camels! Happily, he mounted one of the camels and started moving. After some time, he again counted the camels. They were nine! He got down from the camel, perplexed and started his dismal search. The lost camel was not found. He rushed back and started counting, to find his ten camels walking lazily.
He blamed the heat of the desert and mounted on the last camel, counting the rest. They were nine! He could not understand the reason behind the missing camel. He jumped from the camel cursing the God and recounted the camels. There were ten camels!

“All right! All right! O God!”, he grumbled, “I would better walk and have all my ten camels than loose one!”

Source: Cyrus Tahbaz from Iran
Retold by: Hitesh Joshi

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