Once upon a time, a farmer’s donkey fell in an unused
dried well and started braying. The farmer tried to pull the
donkey with ropes but was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, due to
the constant braying of the donkey, the villagers gathered
around the well.
Irritated by the braying of the donkey, one villager
picked up a shovel and threw some dirt on the donkey, to
stop him from braying. The donkey stopped braying, shook
off the dirt from his body, stepped on it, and thereafter
started to bray again. Once more, the man threw a shovel
full of dirt on the donkey. Again, the donkey stopped
braying, shook off the dirt from his body, stepped on it, and
thereafter started to bray. This process continued for
It so happened that as the donkey shook off the dirt
from his body, it got settled on the floor of the well and then
the donkey stepped on it. This made the floor of the well
come up higher and higher. The stepping up of the donkey
on the dirt made the donkey also come up higher and higher.
Seeing this, all the villagers started to throw dirt in the
well, which the donkey shook off his body, stepped on it,
and progressively came higher. Soon, the donkey stepped
out of the well.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani