# a bowl of sweets was placed on a table

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A bowl of sweets was placed on a table to be distributed among three brothers rajan, sajal and karan. Rajan arrived first and ate what he thought was his share of sweets and left. Then, sajal arrived. He thought that he was the first one to arrive and ate the number of sweets, he thought was his share and left. Lastly, karan arrived. He again thought he was the first one to arrive and he took what he thought was his share. If 16 sweets are left in the bowl finally, how many sweets did the bowl contain initially?