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The Two Sisters-in-Law

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Ganesh had heard her calling and came to find out what was wrong. 'Why are you sleeping?' he asked her.

'Everyday I bring back the cloth I use to sieve the flour I grind for my sister-in-law, and use the flour caught in it to make my husband a porridge every evening,' she replied. 'Today my sister-in-law did not let me bring the cloth home, so I couldn't make the porridge. Now my husband is very angry with me and has stormed out of the house.

'I have just had a large meal,' said Ganesh rubbing his tummy and looking pre-occupied, 'and I urgently need to...go.'

'Go?' asked the poor sister-in-law.

'Yes...go,' replied Ganesh now looking desperate.

'Ah,' said the poor sister-in-law. 'I understand now. You need to 'go'. Well, what can I say? 'Go' wherever you wish to...not that there is much space.' And she shrugged her shoulders in irritation.

Ganesh looked gratefully at her, and, to the poor woman's horror, deposited a large pile of elephant dung on her floor.

'Umm, now I need something to wipe myself with,' said Ganesh.

The poor sister-in-law was very angry with Ganesh for the mess he had created. 'Wipe yourself with? What can I give you to wipe yourself with?' she cried. 'Wipe yourself on my head!'

Ganesh took her at her word, and wiped his large behind on her head. And then he left.

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