“Oh no!” Pottu exclaimed as he opened his grocery store. To his dismay, the newly bought sacks of grain had been bitten by mice. It meant that Pottu would have to suffer the losses yet again. Pottu was getting annoyed because this was the fourth time it had happened. To stop this, he got a cat, hoping that the cat would eat the mice and his problem would be solved.
The cat did exactly what the cat was supposed to do. Pottu was happy, and the mice were sad because very few of them were left now. One of the young mice, Tuppu, started wondering how to save the mice from the cat.
The mice feared the cat and looked forward to living in peace. Every mouse in the shop was excited when Tuppu called for a meeting to discuss the solution to their problem. Tuppu told them that the biggest issue was that the mice didn’t know when the cat was around. Tuppu then shared his plan of belling the cat. All the mice, except one, thought that it was a brilliant idea. The older, wise mouse first congratulated Tuppu on coming up with an amazing plan which would work if it succeeds. He then asked Tuppu one simple question, ‘Who will bell the cat and how?’ To that, Tuppu did not have an answer. As Tuppu thought about the answer, he realised that he also needed to think carefully about how to carry out the plan.
For a while, Tuppu and the other mice thought about belling the cat and considered several ways to do so. But there was a big problem: no one would go near the cat because it scared them. So, the plan to bell the cat was rejected, and the search for new solutions began.
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