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Raghavendra Rau

Raghavendra Rau

A rabbit is taking a break from writing his graduate thesis. He has just come out of his hutch for a stroll and a breath of fresh air, when he is caught by a fox.

"Ha, you're my lunch now," the fox says. 

"Oh no, you can't eat me now! I've almost finished my thesis. It's a very important work that must be completed for the good of all animals," the rabbit exclaims. 

The fox, confident and nonchalant, asks, "What is this great work of yours about?" 

"It's entitled 'How rabbits eat foxes and wolves', and it's almost complete," replies the rabbit. 

"Rabbits eating foxes?!" The Fox almost loses the rabbit in his laughter. 

"You only need to read it to be convinced. Come down to my hutch and see for yourself, if you don't agree, you can eat me then," says the rabbit. 

Not wanting to lose a chance for a good laugh the fox agrees and enters the rabbit's hutch. The fox never comes out. A few days later, the rabbit comes out again to stretch his legs only to be instantly caught by a wolf. The rabbit again pleads for his life along the same lines as before, and again the wolf is so amused he follows the rabbit into the hutch. The wolf never sees the light of day again. 

Several days pass. The rabbit finally finishes his thesis on how rabbits kill foxes and wolves. He invites his friends over so they can celebrate, read his thesis etc. When his friends enter the rabbit's hutch they see the normal graduate student abode - messy, with papers everywhere. But in one corner of the room is a pile of fox bones, and in another is a pile of wolf bones. In between the two piles is a lion. 

The moral of the story:  The title of your thesis is not important; it's who your thesis advisor is that is important.