A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three
When the Father passed away, his sons opened
up the will.
The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son
should get Half of 17 Camels,
The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17
Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17
by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with
each other.
So, they decided to go to a wise man.
The wise man listened patiently about the Will.
The wise man, after giving this thought, brought
one camel of his own & added the same to 17.
That increased the total to 18 camels.
Now, he started reading the deceased father’s
Half of 18 = 9.
So he gave 9 camels
to the eldest son.
1/3rd of 18 = 6.
So he gave 6 camels
to the middle son.
1/9th of 18 = 2.
So he gave 2 camels
to the youngest son.
Now add this up:
9 + 6 + 2 = 17 &
This leaves 1 camel,
which the wise man took back.
MORAL: The attitude of negotiation & problem
solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the
common ground. Once a person is able to find
the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is
difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to
believe that there is a solution. If we think that
there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach


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