Bitter pill can be presented as a sweet syrup
(this is an old folk tale which was posted by my face book friend Bhanu Ravi .Please judge for yourself whether it is a bitter pill or sweet syrup. )
One great king one day saw a dream ,
In which he saw himself without any teeth,
And since he was not knowing what it meant,
He sent for all the great astrologers of his country.
One astrologer after examining many great books told,
“It indicates that all your family members would die before you,”
The infuriated king ordered that this astroger be imprisoned,
And then all his other invitees started shivering to open their mouth.
However a wise young man , again examined his great nook and told,
“Oh king , you will live very long , much longer than all your family members”.
And the king was greatly pleased , honoured him and gave him presents.
And so though you tell the truth do tell it in a sweet way and not the bitter way.