MIDWEEK MASALA: The tiger and the elephant

The tiger woke up one morning and roared: "Who is the most powerful of all jungle animals?" The monkey whispered, "You are, without a doubt." Then the tiger confronted a deer, who stammered, "Who else but you." Ditto, said the zebra, the bison and the peacock.

On a roll now, the tiger approached an elephant which was munching weeds and asked the same question: "Who is the greatest of all jungle animals?"

The elephant picked up the tiger with his trunk, hammered him down to the ground, picked him up again, shook him till he was just a blur of yellow and black, and then threw him to a tree.

The tiger got up, regained his composure, and said: "Man, just because you don't know the answer, you don't need to get so mad."