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Sticks and stones

KALYANI DAVIDAR

A nurseryman's sign read: `Mud thrown is ground lost'. True, but only for the thrower. The story of Warrior Brown is one such. Brown, a Maori from New Zealand, and was named Warrior because of her irascible temper. After joining the Salvation Army, however, the tendency of being easily provoked lessened. On one occasion while addressing a Maori group someone hurled a potato at her. Brown, picked up the potato and put it in her bag.

On returning home, she cut up the potato and planted it in a suitable patch of

ground and eventually harvested a crop.

When she next visited the village, she sought out the man who had struck her on her head with the potato and presented him with a bagful of potatoes she had harvested!

His reaction? I leave it to your imagination.

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