One morning, Krishna and Arjuna went out on a walk.
Suddenly Krishna paused in his stride and looked up.
‘Arjuna, see this beautiful white dove flying above.’
‘Yes, Krishna,’ Arjuna said: ‘indeed a spotlessly white dove.’
‘Arjuna, I think it is a duck. See the longish webbed feet.’
‘Yes, Krishna, you’re right. It is a duck.’
‘The sunlight is playing tricks. Now from near its feathers take a greenish hue…and its curved beak. Dhananjaya, in fact it is a parrot.’
‘I too think it’s a parrot.’
‘Partha, what’s the matter with you today? You readily concur with whatever I say. First it was a dove, then a duck and now a parrot. Next thing if I said it was a giraffe flying up there, I reckon by your performance so far today you wouldn’t disagree.’
‘Yes Achyuta, it could even be a giraffe.’
‘Why is it so, my dear Kauntheya?’
‘A dove turning into a duck and a duck into a parrot or to get a giraffe to fly…is it too much to do, Govinda, for a mayaavi like you? Don’t I know it must be so if you say so?’
PS: Partha, Dhananjaya and Kauntheya are other names for Arjuna.
Source: Adapted from the net. Image from india-forums.com.