The Story of Kalidas(Kalidas and the Ghost)
Raja Bhoj built a rest house for the public but whoever spent a night in it was found dead or injured in the morning. Everyone was frightened and none went near it, as it was believed to be haunted by a ghost.
When Raja Bhoj learnt about the ghost, he sent two of his ministers to pass a night in the rest house to get at the truth. They were also found dead in the rest house. The Raja asked the court priests to propitiate the ghost and make it leave the rest house; but the priests did not succeed in their mission.
Kalidas volunteered to pass a night in the rest house and meet the ghost. At first, the King was reluctant to allow him to do so. When Kalidas insisted, the King gave in.
Around mid-night, an eerie voice called out to Kalidas, "Complete the sentence 'Everyone has two or I kill you."
Kalidas answered, "Everyone has two types of circumstances, the good and the bad."
Hearing this, the ghost quietly slipped away.
After some time, the ghost came again. Kalidas said to the ghost, "It is now my turn to ask you a question. Promise, if you do not answer correctly, you will leave the house." The ghost agreed to it.
Kalidas said, there is a round stick which is uniform on all its sides. How will you find its upper and the lower ends?"
The ghost could not answer the question and asked Kalidas to explain it. Kalidas told him that the stick should be put into water; its lower end would sink and the upper end would float on the water.
The ghost then left the place and the Raja was very pleased at the success of Kalidas in exorcising the ghost.