There was a father who left 17 camels as the inheritance for his three
When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.
The Will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of 17
camels while the middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third). The youngest
son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the 17 camels.
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9,
the three sons found the will mystifying.
So, the three sons decided to go to their uncle.
Uncle listened patiently about the Will.
Uncle, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own and
added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.
Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.
Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 camels
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 camels
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 camels.
Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17, and this leaves one camel, which
uncle took away.
The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th camel
i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the 18th ground the
issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a
If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!