You might get a djinn to help you out with something if they think it's a good idea too. I wouldn't bank on that though, hence the binding. Djinn must do what you ask if you control the talisman they're bound to...so why the three wishes? Well, the long and short of the story is that the djinn don't grant wishes, except in tales that are teaching us a lesson.
First, lets look at the number three.
We need to rub the lamp/bottle/ring three times. We get three wishes. Both examples suggest the wishes can give us power over any of these three things:
The three worlds - human, djinn, heaven
Spirit, Mind, Body
Past, Present, Future
Creation, Destruction, Sustainance
In these stories, wishes are an enticement for us to release unsavory desires we've bottled up. A way to get us to cross over to the dark side, where the djinn/demon dwells. To have mastery over things that, free will aside, only God is supposed to control. This thinking is why the character who does the wishing ends up in a sorry state (dead/trapped/disfigured/insert horrible circumstance here).
Following that train of thought...it's probably better to stay away from djinn wishes and stick to the dandelion. :)
Now, if I won the lottery...
Bernard Pivot Blogfest. Ten questions. Here goes:
1.What is your favorite word?
Zephyr (Been my favorite since High School - Dare I ask if anyone remembers the poem I wrote for English?- way before I actually discovered Mersin (my home in Turkey) was Zephyrium in the ancient world. Cool, huh? Is this supposed to be a one word answer? Sorry!)
2.What is your least favorite word?
3.What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Ruins (Sorry, I'm odd that way. History speaks to me...)
4.What turns you off?
5.What is your favorite curse word?
My new one is frexing. Thanks, Beth Revis!
6.What sound or noise do you love?
7.What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound my dog used to make when she was sleeping, licking her chops. Incessantly.
8.What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Is this a trick question? I'm attempting to be a writer.
9.What profession would you not like to do?
Anything Mike Rowe does. Except maybe the Ford commercials. Those are OK.
10.If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?