One day, Tenali Raman was walking down a road. A merchant was running and stopped in front of him. The merchant looked very sad.
The merchant said, “Good Evening, Sir. I am searching for my camel. He ran away and I am unable to find him. Did you see him?”
Tenali Raman said, “Did the camel have an injury in one leg?”
The merchant said, “Yes. That is my camel, Rani. Her leg was injured a few years ago and she limps. You have seen my camel. Where did it go?”
Tenali Raman said, “I have seen only its footprints. If you see, the camel has left only three foot prints. The fourth is missing so I knew it was limping.”
Tenali Raman continued, “Was it blind in the left eye?”
The merchant said, “Yes! Yes! That is my camel.”
Tenali Raman said, “Was it loaded with sugar on one side and rice on the other side?”
The Merchant became very happy and said, “Yes, all your statements are correct. Did you see my camel?”
Tenali Raman said, “I did not see any camel. Only the right side of the bush is eaten. Similarly, there is a trail of sugar pieces on one side of the footprints and a trail of rice on the other side of the footprints. I think both bags must have small holes on them.”
The Merchant became very annoyed and said, “Then how do I find my camel? I already know all that you have said.”
Tenali Raman smiled and said, “Just follow the footprints. You will find your camel soon.”
The merchant took his advice and followed the trail. Soon, he found his camel slowly limping along the road.