"Tenali Raman" was a famous court poet in the court of the South Indian emperor, Krishnadevaraya. He was known for his wit and intelligence, and was loved by the people for his humor and wisdom. One day, the emperor announced that he would give a prize to whoever could tell the best joke. Many people came forward to tell their jokes, but none of them were funny enough to impress the emperor. Tenali Raman, who was known for his wit, decided to enter the competition. On the day of the competition, Tenali Raman approached the emperor with a serious expression on his face. The emperor asked him what was the matter, and Tenali Raman replied, "Your Majesty, I have just heard the saddest joke in the world." The emperor was intrigued and asked him to share the joke. Tenali Raman then told the following joke: "Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!" The emperor and the court burst into laughter, and Tenali Raman was declared the winner of the competition. The emperor was so impressed with Tenali Raman's wit and intelligence that he made him one of his chief court poets. Tenali Raman continued to make people laugh with his jokes and stories, and he remains a beloved figure in Indian folklore to this day. The story of Tenali Raman highlights the importance of wit and intelligence, and serves as a reminder that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to approach it with humor and a light heart.
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