When the clever man asks the perfect boon:
Not to be slain by Demon, God, or by beast
Not by day nor by night
By no manufactured weapon
Not out of doors nor inside
Not in the sky nor on earth
Come now, come soon
Vishnu, man, lion, neither and both
To hold him in your lap to disembowel his pride
With the steel glint of your bare claws at twilight.
Mythology by AK Ramanujan
Nice to read this story in such a simple form. I am sure most of the people who have heard this story will appreciate this.
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