Have you any adventure worth telling?

Once while travelling, Tenali Rama found himself in the company of a group of soldiers.<>

They were all veterans of war and soon they got to talking about their experiences on the battlefield.<>

One old soldier told of the time he had single-handedly slain seven enemy soldiers.<>

Another gave a detailed description of the manner in which he had held an entire enemy battalion at bay. When they had finished they looked condescendingly at Rama.<>

“I don’t suppose you have any adventure worth telling,” said one of the grizzled warriors.<>

“Oh, but I have,” said Rama<>

“You have?!” said the soldiers.<>

“Yes,” said Rama. “Once while travelling I chanced upon a large tent. I entered and there, lying on a mat was the largest man I had ever seen.<>

I recognised him at once as a dreaded dacoit who had been terrorising that part of the country for years!”<>

“What did you do?” asked the soldiers, their interest now fully aroused.<>

“I cut off his toe and ran for dear life,” said Rama.<>

“His toe?” said a soldier.<>

“Why toe? You should have cut off his head while you had the chance!”<>

“Somebody had already done that,” said Rama, grinning.<>

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