…After a major defeat in battle, Chandragupta came to Acharya Chanakya, reported him the status, and asked for some advice.
Acharya looked at him for a few seconds and told him to have some food before having a discussion. Chandragupta said that he was in no mood for the dinner because he was uncomfortable/depressed after the defeat.
Acharya insisted and pointed his finger towards the plate. Looking at the serious gesture of Chanakya, Chandragupta could not resist anymore.
Chandragupta sat down for dinner, and suddenly Chanakya said: “I have thought of a wonderful plan; finish the food fast, and I will discuss it after the dinner”.
The rice on the plate was very hot, and Chandragupta found it quite challenging to pick the rice. He nearly burnt his mouth and fingers in a desperate attempt.
Chanakya was observing him and suggested that he must pick the rice from the corners instead of digging from the center. After finishing dinner, they both sat for the discussion.
Chandragupta said, “So, Acharya, what you suggest for the victory.”
The Kautilya (Chanakya) replied, “The lesson has all-ready been taught. “
Moral of this Chanakya story:
Attack an enemy at his weaker positions instead of engaging him at his stronghold. Just like it’s easy to pick the hot rice from corners of a plate than its center.
* I hope that this Chanakya story was interesting (who cares! The moral is more significant).