How to Save a Man

This entry is part 39 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

A man climbed up a tree but couldn’t get back down. He asked the help of the passers-by. Nasreddin Hodja happened to be there too and said that he could help. He found a long rope and threw one end of it to the man up on the tree.

`Tie this around your waist!’ he said.

`What are you doing Hodja Effendi?’ the others wanted to interfere, `You cannot rescue a man from a tree like that.’

`Trust me,’ the Hodja tried to calm them down, `this method is tested and true.’ Once the man wrapped one end of the rope around his waist and made a strong knot, Nasreddin Hodja pulled the man down amidst cries of the watching crowd. The man fell on the ground with a huge thump and was badly hurt.

`Hodja Effendi, we warned you. Look what you have done.’ the crowd said.

`I once saved a man with this exact same method,’ the Hodja explained, `but I cannot remember if it was from a tree or from a water well.’

How to Save a Man – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

How to Save a Man

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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