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Akbar loved hunting and used to escape to go for hunting even from his studies. Well, later he became a better rider and hunter than any one of his courtiers. One day when Akbar went for hunting, he and his some of the courtiers went so fast that they left the others behind. As the evening fell, everybody got very hungry and thirsty, they found that they had lost their way and now did not know where to go. At last they came to a junction of three roads. King was very happy to see the roads that now he could go reach his capital through one of these roads, but which road was to go to his capital - Agra. They were all thinking about it and could not decide it. In the mean time they saw a young boy coming along one road. The boy was summoned and Akbar asked him, "Hey young boy! Which road goes to Agra?" The boy smiled and spoke, "Huzoor! everybody knows that road cannot move so how these roads can go to Agra or anywhere else?" and laughed at his own joke. Everybody was silent, didn't say a word. The boy said again, "People travel, not the roads. Do they?" Emperor laughed at this and said, "No, you are right." The Emperor asked again, "What is your name, young boy?" "Mahesh Das" The boy replied and asked the Emperor, "And who are you Huzoor? What is your name?" The Emperor took out his Ring and gave it to the boy. "You are talking to Emperor Akbar the King of Hindustan (India). We need feerless people like you. You come to the court, with this Ring I will recognize you immediately. Now tell me the way to get to Agra. We have to reach there soon?" Mahesh Das bowing lowly pointed towards the road going to Agra, and the King headed on that road. That is how the Emperor Akbar met the future Birbal.
Story 2 - Mahesh Das Goes to Seek His Fortune .... OR Birbal is Born
There was a boy named Mahesh Das. When he grew up as a fine young man, he took all his savings, along with the Ring of Seal of the Emperor Akbar, which he received from the Emperor himself some time ago, bade his mother farewell, and set out to the new capital of India - Fatehpur Sikri.
He was very much enchanted with the pomp and show of the new capital. He escaped the crowd and headed towards the red walls of the palace. The palace gate was very richly ornamented - a very beautiful gate as he had never seen before. Mahesh wanted to enter the gate, but the guard slashed the air with his spear and stopped him from entering the gate. "Where do you think, you are going?" asked the guard. Said Mahesh politely, "Sir, I have come to see the King." "Oh! yeah, the King must be waiting for you, as when you would come?" the guard said sarcastically. Mahesh smiled at this comment and spoke "Yes, Sir, and now I am here." Mahesh told further, “I am sure you must have fought wonderfully well on the Emperor's frontiers, but do not risk your life by stopping me from entering the palace." The guard kept quiet for a moment, then said courageously, "Why do you think so? I will chop off your head, if you do not stop talking nonsense." Mahesh was not going to accept his defeat. He showed Akbar's Ring of Seal to the guard. Now who was the person who did not recognize Akbar's Ring of Seal. Having seen the seal, the guard couldn't say a word. He had to admit him, although he was not willing to do it. So the guard thought and thought, then he said to Mahesh, "You can go in on one condition." "What?", Mahesh asked. The guard said, "Whatever you will get from the Emperor, you will share with me half of that. "Agreed," Mahesh smiled and the guard let him go inside. He went on and on, finally he could see the golden throne on which a man of simple elegance was sitting. He quickly recognized him as the Emperor Akbar. Pushing everyone aside, Mahesh went further and prostrated himself before the Emperor Akbar, and said, "May your shadow always grow, O Full Moon." Akbar smiled and asked him, "What do you want. O young man?" Mahesh rose to his feet and spoke, "Sir, I have come here at your command." And he handed over the Ring of Seal, which was given to him by the King so many years before. "That's a good boy, now what do you want? What is your heart's desire? Tell me, I will try my best to fulfill it." Mahesh remembered his promise with the guard, so he asked the Emperor to punish him with one hundred slashes. The King was surprised to hear that, "But how can I do this to you, you have done nothing wrong." Mahesh said
You have grown into a cleverer young man. I cannot." That is how Birbal was born. Although everyday you see her hand. still you cannot tell how many bangles are on her hand. "Sir. can you tell me how many bangles are on your wife's hand?" Birbal said." So with great reluctance and perplexed mind. "No. After the fiftieth whip. Birbal said.Question for Question One day Akbar asked Birbal. After reaching in the garden Birbal asked." "You cannot. How is that." said Akbar. To the surprise of all. I was trying to weed out the corrupted people from my court. "Sir when I was coming here. The King said. "Why? What happened?" Mahesh said. Akbar ordered one hundred lashes on Mahesh's back. now it is your guard's turn to take his share of half. "Birbal. "Stop now. but your little trick has done what I wouldn't have done even after passing several laws.politely. "You daily climb up and down this small staircase. unless I promised him to give half of my share of whatever I will get from you. I have taken half of my share." Akbar asked. The guard was hauled to receive his humiliating bribe. Mahesh endured every stroke without uttering a word. "You are as brave as you were when you were a child. could you tell how many steps it has?" Akbar smiled and then changed the subject." Everybody burst into the laughter. your guard did not allow me to come inside the palace. And I will tell you "How is that" and they both went to the garden. . Huzoor. on the basis of your wisdom. Story 3 . They both went down a small staircase which led to the garden. please do not go back from your promise of fulfilling my heart's desire. he suddenly shouted. Your Majesty. you shall be called "Birbal" and you will stay by my side as my advisor. "Let's go to the garden. From now on.
why the camel's neck is crooked. "Tell me Birbal. Story 5 . So one day Akbar promised him for many gifts. the King gave him his reward. So this might seem the reason of his crooked neck. so he thought for a moment and spoke.Story 4 . Washerman's donkey carries only one donkey's load. On the bank of the river. So Birbal was so wise that he got what he wanted without asking for it. Akbar and his two sons took off their clothes and asked Birbal to take care of them while they took bath in the river. He didn't know what to do? One day when Akbar was taking a stroll at the bank of Yamunaa with his dear minister Birbal. But it so happened that several days passed. All the clothes were on his shoulder. "Birbal! you look like as if you are carrying a washerman's donkey load. but has not yet done so. Birbal was waiting for them to come out of the river." Akbar was speechless. He asked Birbal. Scriptures mention that whoever will forget their promises will have crooked neck. "Your Majesty. Story 6 ." Birbal thought this is good time. Birbal was very disappointed. but there was no sign of gift. so he said to him." Birbal quickly retorted. he happened to notice a camel." Akbar soon realized that he promised to give some gifts to Birbal. Akbar felt like teasing him. "Sir.Who is the Donkey? Once Akbar went to the river with his two sons and wise Minister Birbal. I am carrying three donkey's load. Looking at Birbal standing like this.Birbal Goes to Heaven? . As soon as they arrived at the palace.Why is camel's Neck Crooked? Akbar was very impressed with Birbal's wit and wisdom. it might be possible that the camel has forgotten to honor his promise made to somebody that is why his neck is crooked.
he went and started trimming his beard. but I need a few days to prepare myself to go to heaven. You are giving me such a great favor. "His majesty. After six . last night I dreamed about your father. He said. His Majesty. I wish to be buried near my house. And. And then he found a way. but he feels a great absence of a good humorous man who can amuse him." Birbal said. the only way to go to heaven was through death. " I am ready. plotted a plan against him. I will try to fulfill them so that you can go to heaven to be with my dear father. "You know Majesty. that everything is good in paradise. He asked. He thought." Birbal tried to understand his point but couldn't guess. I allow you one week to prepare yourself." "Then Birbal." The King got interested. He said to Emperor politely." Akbar was so happy to hear this that he forgot that Birbal could put some odd conditions to him. So Birbal was buried alive near his house. but there two conditions. who was very jealous with Birbal. He summoned Birbal and said. And I want to be buried alive so that I can reach heaven alive to amuse your dear father. I do. He thought and thought. "Sir. He said. Akbar was very sad to lose such a good man." The King said. please go to heaven to give company to my dear father.Because Birbal was very wise and witty. After doing this." The King found this logical and agreed up on them immediately. but nobody else he could think of except Birbal who could perform this kind of duty very well. the Emperor's courtiers and other people used to be jealous with him and used to find some way to degrade him. So when the King called him again to trim his beard. he said to me. For a moment. "What are those conditions? Tell me soon. He said. "I think Birbal you love me very much and you can sacrifice anything for me. he made up his mind. but thinking of his father. He dug a ditch near his house which would serve as his grave. One day the court barber. "What did he say to you?" "Sir. he returned to the Imperial Court. "I will do so." Birbal understood that this was a wicked plan of somebody to kill him. so he asked." The King thought and thought. "Certainly. and dug a tunnel too which would open in a room of his house." Now Birbal was worried. somebody has planned very well and he could not escape from this plan. Of course he made his way to his house where he lived in confinement for six months. naturally.
"This is your thief. "How did you catch him?" Birbal said." Story 8 ." Later the merchant asked Birbal. you can make out this from my grown beard and shabby hair.I am Your Servant. The merchant suspected that the thief was one of his servants. Huzoor? .months. Birbal asked them to show him their sticks. All the servants went to their homes and gathered again at the same place. Everybody denied. One of the servants had his stick shorter by two inches. Akbar understood everything. Story 7 . He gave Birbal a big prize. he asked. Looking at him Akbar cried. and his barber the life sentence. he said that very few barber can make it to go to Heaven. he came out of hiding with grown beard and shabby hair and asked the permission to appear in the Royal Court. so he has asked to send your own barber to him immediately.Birbal Caught the Thief It so happened that once a rich merchant's house was robbed. Birbal went to his house and assembled all of his servants and asked that who stole the merchant's things. All the servants should be present here again tomorrow with heir sticks. I was in Heaven with your dear father. "Did he send any message for me?" Birbal said." Akbar was very anxious to know about his father. then gave a stick of equal length to all the servants of the merchant and said to them that the stick of the real thief will be shorter by two inches tomorrow. Birbal said. Birbal thought for a moment. "Where have you been Birbal?" Birbal said. "The thief had already cut his stick short by two inches in the night fearing that his stick will be shorter by two inches by morning. I had a very good time there with your father. He was so happy with my services that he gave me special permission to return to Earth. "Your Majesty. So he went to Birbal and mentioned the incident. "Yes Your Majesty. merchant.
I don't understand you." Akbar was very pleased to hear this bold. I am loyal to you. That is why its name is "Baygun" (Eggplant's name in India's local language Hindi is "Bengan"." Birbal said. "Yes Huzoor." Birbal bowed a little and said politely. "Huzoor. It cannot do me any favor. After a few weeks again Akbar and Birbal were in the Royal Gardens. What do you mean by that?" Birbal said bowing. It is very tasty and delicious." Birbal said. not to eggplant. they were riding past the same cabbage patach again. that I have never tasted such a tasteless vegetable till today. eggplant is such a good vegetable that I have never tasted such a delicious vegetable till today. I am your servant. witty and honest response. I like it very much. After a while the king remebered something. "This cabbage is such a tasteless vegetable. it is tasteless." Akbar was very pleased to hear this that his appreciated vegetable has been crowned by God." Akbar agin listened to this and they went on." Birbal said. and they went on. Akbar was in a good mood. Birbal twisted the name which means "without any godd nutrients").Once Akbar and Birbal passed through some farms while riding on their horses. "Huzoor. "Birbal. "What a delightful vegetable the cabbage is. and today you said that "It is even difficult to look at such a tasteless vegetable. this eggplant is such a nasty vegetable. This time Akbar made a face. You said it right. you told that the cabbage was the king of vegetable. you say the same thing. it is. "Birbal. Looking at the patch. not of cabbage. that is why God has put a crown on its head. " Yes Huzoor. cabbage is the king of the vegetables. He said to Birbal. Another day. "Yes Huzoor. . Now Akbar got very angry." Akbar did not reply to this. How is it possible that both the statements are right about eggplant. really it is difficult to even look at such a tasteless vegetable. Akbar remembered something and spoke to Birbal. you can." Another Version of This Story Its another version goes like this. "What is this? Whatever I say. Akbar said to Birbal. How people tolerate it. So he said to Birbal. One day Akbar and Birbal were roaming around the Royal Gardens. and said. They happened to pass through a cabbage patch. "Huzoor." Birbal replied. "Look Birbal. Last time when we passed through this patch. He said to Birbal.
"They are ninety-five thousand. So one day. Huzoor. The King unfastened his waist cloth and lay down on the floor. Could you pull up your knees a little bit?" The King did so. And whoever would pass the test will be appointed my Advisor. then asked the Emperor politely. The King enjoyed their flying." "How do you know that for sure?" the King asked. four hundred and sixty three (95. then said.Story 9 . . Now everybody tried to cover him. but in vain." Akbar was very pleased with this answer of his question. Just then Birbal entered the court. Birbal thought a moment. The king again said. or if the feet were covered. but you will have to pass the test before you could be my Royal Advisor. Many crows were flying around. Huzoor. and Birbal could cover him from head to toe with that cloth. then?" Birbal replied immediately. if he could cover him with that cloth from head to toe. "Huzoor. Just then he thought. and asked the candidates to cover him with that cloth from head to toe. when they came to the court. Birbal paused a moment.Birbal Solves the Problem Several courtiers were vying to be the Royal Advisor of Emperor Akbar. "No problem. "You can get them counted. that how many crows could be in his kingdom and immediately posed this question to Birbal. then?" "Then it means that other crows are visiting your kingdom. "If there will be less than that." Akbar said. "That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighboring kingdoms. then feet remained uncovered." Birbal said. "We want to be your Royal Advisor. then his head remained open. the king asked Birbal also. Story 10 ." They agreed. they said to the Emperor. 463) crows in your kingdom.How Many Crows in the Kingdom? One day Akbar was strolling in his palace gardens with his dear minister Birbal." "Or if there were more than that. Huzoor. If one wanted to cover the head.
" Akbar said. you are talking nonsense. Birbal presented Akbar a very skilled craftsman from Agra. then said. Many flowers were flowering at that time of season. how beautiful flower that is? No man can produce such a beautiful thing as this. "Look Jahaanpanaah.Birbal's Sweet Reply Akbar used to ask many odd questions from his courtiers and amused himself. "He should be hanged. The Emperor was very happy to see it too." Birbal was also there. "He should be flogged." Akbar understood that he had fallen in the hands of his witty minister once again." Yet another said. and gave him one thousand gold coins. and asked his courtiers: "What punishment should be given to a person who pulls my mustache?" One said." After a few days. "I don't agree with this. The Emperor was very happy to see it. Birbal said." Another said. "So the carving was more beautiful than the real thing. settled in his Royal chair.Realizing that they failed the test. "Jahaanpanaah. "He should be beheaded. sometimes man can make more beautiful things than this.Flowers for Akbar One day Akbar was taking a walk in his Royal gardens with several courtiers. Birbal kept quiet for a moment. He presented a beautiful carved marble bouquet of flowers. Just then a boy came and presented the Emperor a beautiful bouquet of real flowers. One day he entered the Royal Court. Story 12 ." "What do you think. so he gave a silver coin to the boy. He said. Story 11 . This flower is really very beautiful. he should be given . "Oh no Birbal. A poet pointed out towards a beautiful flower and said. the courtiers left the court quietly and then they never thought about being the King's Advisor. Birbal?" the Emperor asked Birbal.
Jahaanpanaah.Tit Bits? Akbar's court was famous for the witty question answer sessions On one such occasion . the only person can dare to do this is your grandson. Birbal again replied politely. "Because only employees can laugh on such a joke. Jahaanpanaah." The rich man told the joke and everybody laughed uproariously. but how did you recognize him?" Birbal said. Story 13 . Birbal? Have you gone crazy? Do you know what are you saying?" Birbal replied politely." "What.Akbar asked his courtiers whether they could tell the difference between the truth and the false within . "I did not know that there will be so many guests in this gathering. "I have told the joke. now you tell me who is the other guest here?" Birbal pointed out towards a man and said. Birbal said. Now the rich man asked Birbal. "You are right Birbal." The host replied politely. "Because. When Birbal reached there. so I immediately recognized him as the other guest. and I will observe them. He was the only person who did not even smile on your joke." So pleased was the King with this answer. Perhaps this was the worst joke Birbal had ever heard in his life. The host greeted him warmly and took him inside. I could. Tell them a joke. Sir. He said to him." "Then how can you talk like this?" the King asked in anger.sweets. that he gave his ring to Birbal as a reward. They are my employees except one who is the only other guest here besides you. "He is that other guest. Could you tell who is that other one guest here?" "Maybe. And I know what I am saying." Story 14 . "They are not guests.Birbal Identifies the Guest Once Birbal was invited for dinner by a rich man." The rich man was very surprised hearing this that how could he recognize the other guest. he found himself in a large crowd. "I am not crazy.
"How. Birbal said. that she had the same wits as her father. Then Birbal said. Birbal smiled on her reply." Story 15 . Now the King's line was shorter than Birbal's line. only four fingers is the distance between ear and eyes. it just came to his mind that he should test her wits whether she had the same type of wits as her father had. As usual his courtiers could not get a even a clue. Sir" The girl replied. He started talking to her. But enough time passed and they could not tell. Birbal?" "His Majesty!" Birbal looked around and replied. Birbal?" "Yes. but then why do you say "four fingers"?" Akbar said. but Akbar could not understand it. this is the difference between truth and false.Akbar drew a line on the floor and asked his courtiers to shorten it without touching it. Because what your eyes see is truth.three words. "Four fingers" The King got surprised and asked him. Huzoor. . "What about you." Akbar understood. The Birbal came forward and drew another longer line beside it. Birbal bowed a little and said." Akbar was very astonished to hear this reply. "She knows Persian a little more than those who do not know Persian. and knows a little lesser than those who know Persian well. O little girl?" "A little lesser and a little more. Akbar asked what is that thing which sun and moon cannot see but others can see." "That is right. No courtier could do it. "Do you know Persian. All courtiers got busy in finding out the three words or less to tell the difference between the truth and the false. When Akbar saw her. On another occasion . may be false. more often than not. "Darkness.A Little Lesser and a Little More One day Birbal's five-year old daughter accompanied him to the Royal Court. On another occasion. Your Majesty. so he asked Birbal to explain this. and what your ears hear. "Because Your Majesty.
Birbal ordered a Guard to present the most beautiful child in the world in the court. "How do you know that he is the most beautiful child in the world?" "Your Majesty. who was his one of his bitterest enemies at the court. said. He thought and thought but could not think why? He asked Birbal that why she was doing that to such an unattractive child. Next day. I am looking for it because one side of that coin bears your resemblance. how miser he is? You have bestowed so much money on him. ugly and unattractive child. For every mother her own child is the most beautiful child in the world. the Guard brought a more unattractive and ugly child with buck teeth and his hair stood like a porcupine and presented to the Emperor. "Huzoor. Story 17 . "It is not because of the value of the coin. I went home and posed my problem to my wife. in the presence of the Emperor. . Your Majesty." the Guard stammered.Mullaa's Flattering Answer One day. Your majesty. She told me to bring our child to the court. "See Your Majesty." The Emperor did not seem to be convinced with this explanation. and Birbal had guessed this from the Emperor's face. still he is after a copper coin." Akbar was so pleased to hear this reply that he pulled off his diamond ring from his finger and gave it to the Mullaa. "This is the most beautiful child in the world. that his one coin fell down from his pocket." the Guard replied meekly." Mullaa said quickly. the Mullaa Nasruddin was going back after having an audience with the Emperor.Story 16 . Muraad. Birbal replied innocently. The Emperor asked. that I am looking for it. Next day. and I don't want people trampling on it. he must have been her own child. It was the only money he had at that time so he started immediately looking for it. He was very surprised to see that.Birbal's Beautiful Explanation One day the Emperor Akbar saw a woman hugging and kissing a very dark.
Jahaanpanaah" "Then bring me such a person. So I thought let me do it myself. "Didn't I tell you to bring Mullaa's head to the Court." Birbal went and returned next day with a beggar and presenting him to Akbar said.The Loyal Gardener . Story 19 . He asked the soldier. Sultan was very furious seeing Mullaa alive in his court. Huzoor. but I don't see that how he can be the noblest?" "He has been given the honor of having an audience with the Emperor." Story 22 . Rest is your luck. So I decided to bring my head myself on my shoulder. Jehanpanah" Akbar asked. The Mullaa was very upset with this. You know whenever you want anything done." And he told him how to act. that makes him the noblest among the beggars.The Mullaa Uses His Head One time it happened so that the Mullaa Nasruddin displeasured the Sultan. Jahaanpanaah.The Noblest Beggar One day the Emperor asked Birbal. I asked him to do so. "Birbal. "Yes. could persuade the man to take him alive to the court. I don't trust anybody else lest it is badly done. Birbal said. "It is not his fault. that may be true. "This is the lowest among all of your subjects. He went to Birbal and asked him how to save himself. "It is a difficult situation but let me try." Akbar was very pleased with this defense that he allowed Mullaa to keep his head on his shoulder. so the Sultan asked one of his men to slay him and bring him his head. not the Mullaa himself?" The Mullaa Nasruddin said politely. however.Story 18 . "Good. The Mullaa. Huzoor. My head is here. is it possible to be the "noblest" and the "lowest" together?" Birbal said.
Next day a villager came carrying a string cot over his head and claimed the money. But Akbar was no fool. He was not in a good mood already. On interrogation he confessed that Birbal suggested him this plan. he loudly cleared the throat and spat at the feet of the Emperor. Nobody else also knew where he was. One day an intelligent Saadhu (saint) came to his court and told him the way to search for him. but also the city of Agra. he went out of his way to give you a genuine reason for ordering him to be hanged. He got very angry and ordered him to not only leave the court. He said. But now Akbar was missing him. Birbal was terribly hurt but could not do anything about it. When he came near the throne. The gardener did this on Birbal's advice. so Birbal stepped forward in the gardener's defense. The next day." Akbar understood that this man cannot do it himself. Story 23 . He announced that he will give one thousand gold coins whosoever will come to his Court in half sun and in half shade. Fearing that you ordered him for hanging for a small reason. at the time of execution. . "I am in half sun and in half shade. His wish was granted and he was brought in the Court. "There could be no person more loyal than this unfortunate gardener. and then this fall. He wanted him back in the Court.One day Akbar was stumbled on a rock in his garden while taking a stroll. the gardener was asked what his last wish was. Akbar was very happy to hear this. Immediately he called Birbal and they had a happy reunion. Now Akbar did as the Saadhu said to him. He said. He requested for an audience with the Emperor.Birbal Betrays Himself One day Birbal happened to pass a harmless comment on Akbar's sense of humor. The Emperor demanded to know why did he do such a thing. He got very angry and ordered for the gardener's arrest and execution. He could not do anything without him because he didn't know hi whereabouts. his capital." The Emperor realized his mistake and set him free. So Birbal left.
then I will agree that he has not stolen my necklace. "If I knew that you had so many relatives around. I do not know anything about his necklace. he said to the donkey." The man said. After a distance the donkey stopped going further and stayed where it was. "Your Honor." . I can see that you have a large family here. Now Hodjaa was in a hurry.Story 24 . "It means that if I am speaking the truth. "All right.Red Hot Test One day. if he is innocent. He accused him of stealing his necklace. and he is speaking truth.The Donkey's Relatives One day Hodjaa loaded some vegetables on his donkey and set to market. God will protect you. I have seen him stealing the necklace. Seeing this people gathered around them." The third man said." The man then said. Story 25 . One man asked Hodjaa "Why are you beating this poor creature?" Another man said. then he started beating it. Your Honor. The case was brought in the Judge's court. first he coxed the donkey to get moving but when it refused to walk further. I would never have beaten you. So he asked the man. then I will not burn my hands with that red hot iron?" "Yes. and if he can hold it in his bare hands. "I am innocent." Hasan said. let him prove his innocence. let me bring the hot iron. "Do not beat it." Hearing this the people left and went away their way leaving Hodjaa with his donkey. one man wanted to punish a man named Hasan. "You are a merciless man who is beating a speechless animal." Hodjaa was still in anger. and he also knew that he was not a thief. Judge knew Hasan very well. it will go its own. you are right. "Why do you think that Hasan has stolen your necklace?" The man replied. and reported this theft in the police.
" Now the man was speechless. it didn't get lighter. Now with this activity. again it did the same thing. so donkey thought if I make only one plunge in the water. I will feel cool and my master will also not feel bad. and the same thing happened again. its some salt was dissolved. and Hodjaa used to go to market safely . then the red hot iron should not burn his hands also. Next day. Now Hodjaa was perplexed. So let him bring that red hot iron holding in his both hands. and that he was speaking the truth. Why it remained less after reaching in the market. The day was very hot. So it stopped playing the trick. Sir. Donkey was very happy with its trick. He told the Judge that he would go and search his necklace again in his house. rather it felt much heavier. Some salt was dissolved and it felt lighter. He returned next day he came back and said. "I am ready for that. He asked judge to give him one day to look for that necklace again. Now the donkey knew the trick. maybe it was misplaced somewhere there. then I will hold that iron in my bare hands. It started doing this daily. One day when he was carrying his salt on his donkey. Story 26 . The judge gave him permission. The donkey had very rough time with this load. but could not understand. At times he used to carry salt to sell in the market. why it was happening so.Now Hasan could not do anything but to hold red hot iron in his hands to prove his innocence. So it just took a plunge in the water for a couple of moments and started again on its journey. Cotton had soaked the water so it became heavier. He understood now. bowed hastily and went away. Next day he tied the baskets full of cotton and set on his journey. This time when it took the plunge into the water. . It felt lighter and so it was happy. But the same thing should apply to him too. One day he observed his donkey. so it played it again. He took advice from Birbal. If he is speaking the truth. where it made the mistake. He went home. a river came on the way.Hodjaa Outwits His Donkey Hodjaa loved his donkey very much. What was happening to his salt. if you think so.
He wanted to test Birbal's wits. Either you pay rent to the farmer to keep your water in his well." Then Birbal smiled and said to him. "Why don't you let him use the water of the well. then you have no right to keep your water in the farmer's well.Just One Question Once a scholar came to Akbar's Court and challenged Birbal to answer his question. Story 28 . He described everything to the Emperor. whether he was really like that as he heard about him.Story 27 . Birbal asked. You have sold the well to the farmer. so you cannot draw the water from the well. the man did not allow him to draw the water from it. not the water. and you claim that water is yours. Next day when farmer went to draw the water from that well. Then the scholar asked Birbal." The man understood. Birbal accepted the challenge. He has no right to draw the water from the well. "How do you know?" . so Birbal agreed on one difficult question. but look.Birbal Does Justice Once a man sold his well to a farmer. they were in a hurry to go home." The farmer became very sad. "Who came first? Chicken or egg?" Birbal answered the question without giving any second thought. Birbal called the man who sold the well to the farmer. He said. that his trick has failed. "The chicken" The scholar was astonished to hear that. and came to the Emperor's court. "Good. Akbar and Birbal had a very long day. not the water. "I have sold you the well. or you take that out of his well immediately. "Whether you would like to answer one hundred easy questions or one difficult question." The man replied. The Emperor called Birbal and handed over this case to him. and asked for the justice. "Birbal. since you have sold the well to this farmer. The scholar asked. I have sold the well to the farmer. Birbal has outwitted him.
"You should have gone only . There are only ninety-nine. give my money back. through his window where Hodjaa was praying. He was very happy to see that. Story 30 . "He has deducted one Deenaar for the bag. So when he finished his prayers. "That is what I am also thinking. Now he could sit near the fire. And Akbar and Birbal left the Court without looking back at him." Hodjaa said sadly. He counted the money and put it in his box. "Then there should be hundred Deenaars in the bag. People gathered there asked him. by asking Allah to give him one hundred Deenaars (currency of that time). "Why don't you go now and search for it? It should be lying somewhere on the way." The neighbor said." Hodjaa said. as he used to do it daily." Birbal said. I will go in the morning to search for it. My Allah has answered my prayers and He has given me this money. Story 29 . Who is going to pick it up." In the meantime he saw several people moving quietly from there. "What a bad day today! I earned so much money but I lost it on the way. Hodjaa was very happy to see that bag full of Deenaars. not hundred but ninety-nine. This is my money. he found that there were many people around the fire. Seeing this. so no second question. Now I am very tired. "No. so nobody is going to pick that bag. I don't mind that."We agreed up on only one question.Hodjaa Tells a Story On one very cold day of winter. the neighbor threw a bag full of Deenaars. it is not yours. It is a cold night. One day his neighbor planned to play a prank on him. A man said. so nobody else could come nearby the fire to get enough warmth. He thought a plan." Hodjaa said. Hodjaa was coming back from a neighboring town.Hodjaa's Prayers Answered Hodjaa finished his prayers. He came to nearby inn which had a big fire burning in its courtyard. his neighbor shouted. But when he came nearby the fire." Hodjaa said." And the man had to lose those Deenaars to Hodjaa. "O Hodjaa.
peeped inside. Story 32 . "No. "But you opened it. Thus the astrologer saved his life." Pandit understood that he was at mistake. Till then I will tell you another fairy tale. "But you never said not to open it. Anybody could find it and take it. Akbar granted the permission. You can see. he uncovered the pot. so all his courtiers gathered in the court at the appointed time. He bowed to the Emperor and walked away.." Birbal said.. . Birbal gave him advice as what he should say to the King. Then Birbal came forward. The astrologer returned to the Court and told the king. he asked him. and said. "Tell me. but he did not want to take any chance.Birbal Passes the Test Once a Pandit came to Akbar's court and expressed his desire to test the intelligence of his courtiers. It is empty. When he came to the Court.Birbal Helps an Astrologer Once the King Akbar heard that a certain astrologer was boasting for his accurate predictions. Let me get some warmth now.now to get that bag. He asked the courtiers." The Pandit said. He called him for a test. I will go tomorrow." Akbar understood very well that he was bluffing. "He would die three days before the King. many people have already left for it. "There is nothing inside the pot. "I have heard that you predict very accurately. The King gave him one hour time to do so. The Pandit had a pot covered with a cloth. when will you die?" The astrologer said he will have to consult his charts to predict correctly." The astrologer was trembling with fear. the astrologer went to Birbal and described the whole thing." Hodjaa said. Story 34 . Nobody knew how to tell the contents of a covered pot. "What is in the pot?" Everybody was silent. Instead of consulting his charts. so he let him go.
and then pulled the string out of the well. "Huzoor. Akbar had no alternative. The string brought the stone. They did not have any means to take it out. if you give me some time I can take your ring out of this well. and holding the other end in his hand threw the stone on the cow dung. what are these owls saying? Why are they quarreling so loudly?" Birbal said. The first one who is groom's father. the stone was stuck into cow dung and the cow dung had the Emperor's ring at its bottom. is saying that he wants to take 40 jungles in the dowry. One day Akbar was on his hunting trip. Story 38 . and there his ring fell in a dry well.Akbar's Dream . Birbal went around and brought some fresh cow dung and threw it on the ring.cow dung to be dried. The other owl. "Now he is saying that if you wait for six months more. Now how to take that ring out. "Now what is he saying?" Birbal said.Story 37 . Then Birbal said.Hunting and the Dowry Akbar had a passion for hunting. I can give you 40 jungles without animals. He gave up hunting altogether. who is bride's father is saying that he can arrange only 20 jungles at the moment. with no animals at all. Akbar asked Birbal. Huzoor. He waited for a long time ." Akbar understood what Birbal wanted to say. "Birbal. Akbar asked Birbal. "Both of them are settling the dowry amount.Birbal and Akbar's Ring Once Akbar went for hunting." In the mean time one owl hooted once more very loudly. Story 39 . Story to show how a person’s moral / conscience can be addressed to make him/her realize the mistake and give up bad habit. that he heard two owls quarreling very fiercely. He then tied a stone on one end of a string.
all of his relatives will die before him. Although he was very much contented with his work. "Whenever somebody calls you Pandit Jee. From next day the children started calling him "Pandit Jee". Pundit agreed. Birbal said it was not difficult at all. So the game was over. and the Braahman started to shout at them. Pandit Jee" he will get irritated. All the astrologers sat to interpret that dream. Birbal said. life." Hearing this Akbar got very pleased and he rewarded him heavily. Next day Birbal went to the locality where that Pundit used to live. that you will live very long and much fufiled life than any of your relatives. and you could take your revenge. and the name stuck. He came to know that children didn't like him because he used to scold them. There he talked to the children. nobody calls him pundit ji. income but he had this wish that all people should call him pundit ji. "This means Huzoor. So they said to Akbar. He told him that his father was a very good pundit and all people use to call him pundit ji." Pundit agreed. "Pandit Jee".Birbal Helps a Pandit Once a Braahman named Sevaaraam came to Birbal for his help. that is all. you should be very angry and shout at him loudly. Children were very happy. In the morning he invited all the astrologers and asked them to interpret this dream. In the evening Birbal came. Hearing this Akbar felt very bad and got concerned about his relatives. but he had to follow his advice word by word.Once Akbar had a dream that his all teeth have fallen down except one. He sent all the astrologers away without giving anything. At last they all reached on this conclusion that it meant that . So he told them if you call that man "Pandit Jee. Story 40 . but he could not find rest in his mind. Akbar told his dream to Birbal too and asked him to interpret it. After some time Sevaaraam got tired of shouting but the children and other people kept calling him Pandit Jee. . He got restless. Birbal thought for a minute and said. The whole day passed. Since he cannot do all those things.
Winter was at its peak at that time of season. that Birbal is sitting in a room. fire was burning and a pot was hung about 8-10 feet higher than the fire. "I think so. Akbar asked his guards about the whole thing and they said. Next day Birbal brought a man who was very poor and thin.Story 41 . "Just tell me how did you stand in that cold water the whole water?" The man said. he stood there the whole night. Hearing this. he was not in the cold water absolutely. It was winter season. so he sent some guards too to see whether he was really standing in that almost freezing water for the whole night. The man went away. "Birbal what are you doing?" Birbal . Next day he didn't come in the court. and he just dipped his finger in the almost freezing water of a nearby pond. but there was no sign of Birbal. "A man can do anything for money. the man got very disappointed and went away. "Yes Huzoor. The King asked." Birbal told that he can find such a man who can stand in this water for the whole night for money. and replied Birbal. He drew his hand immediately. I just gazed at it for the whole night." Akbar asked that man. A thought came to Birbal's mind. Heat of that lamp was my only hope. When Birbal heard this. The men went to his house and came back with the message that Birbal was cooking his Khichdee and only after eating that he will come to the court." Emperor also thought something. What he sees. So he went to Birbal's house. Now Akbar got impatient. "I don't think so. Because he did not believe this. "There was a lamp post at some distance. One hour passed. "Good" the King said and sent him to that pond. Evening fell. He told the King that that man would stand in that water. Next day the man came back to claim his prize. Do you think somebody can stand in this almost freezing water for the whole night for money?" Birbal said. Akbar couldn't believe.Birbal's Khichdee* Once Akbar and Birbal were taking a stroll. and got ready to see him himself. several hours passed. and he expressed to the Emperor. Akbar got worried about him and send his men to bring him to the court. so he accepted the challenge and said that he would give one thousand gold coins to that man. he didn't like it." Akbar refused to give him his prize saying that since he got the heat from that lamp. two hours passed.
"I said it only to encourage you. some poems were written in the praise of this rich man too. The rich man got very happy. He could not find any other man better than him. then took out five gold coins and gave them to Raaydaas. he told his story to Birbal. It is supposed to be light food. . Birbal thought for a moment. not that I wanted to reward you. and asked him to recite his poems. he said. *Khichdee is an Indian dish. He was a very good poet. then why my Khichdee can't be cooked in this way?" King understood. "Huzoor I am cooking my Khichdee. It is not getting enough heat to be cooked. and returned to his palace. Raaydaas also heard this about that rich man.The Poet Raaydaas There was a poet named Raaydaas in Akbar's times. He used to make promises to give something to somebody but never gave it to him. Normally people eat it in lunch in dysentery.replied. Next day Raaydaas came to the rich man's house to take his reward but the rich man refused to recognize him. So one day he went to that rich man and said to him that he had written many good poems and wanted to recite them before somebody who could appreciate his poems. "Birbal you can't cook your Khichdee in this way. So he promised to give him some money and asked him to come back next day. but didn't believe it. But that rich man was enough miser too. Next day he called that man and gave his prize to him. Story 42 . The rich man became very happy to hear those poems. On the way he met Birbal. And there was a rich man also in Akbar's capital." Birbal said. made of rice and split green beans mixed normally in equal amount with some salt. Akbar said to him. "If that man can get the heat from such a distance to keep him enough warm to stand in this cold water for the whole night." Hearing this King and his people laughed loudly." Raaydaas got very disappointed and went away towards his house. After some references. The poet recited his poems.
got an idea." Rich man said. Maayaadaas. food was to be served in gold pots and the guest was to take those pots to his house." At that time Birbal entered the house and reminded the rich man the happening of Raaydaas. The rich man came for the dinner.and said. He took out his necklace and gave to Raaydaas." Raaydaas went away. He arranged the dinner in his house. Midnight fell. Raaydaas was also invited by Akbar and got reward from the Royal Court. When he could bear no longer. One day Akbar praised Birbal in front of the courtier. Thanks to Birbal. This made many courtiers very jealous. Raaydaas had a very good friend. "You have invited me for the dinner. Akbar knew that Birbal will win so he immediately agreed. Rich man was very happy for this invitation. "That is because we just wanted you to be here. so they were not worried about it. Since it was not possible as long as Birbal filled that position. Then they all sat for a happy meal. The full moon night came. "What food? We don't know anything about the food.The Three Questions King Akbar was very fond of Birbal. This made this courtier very angry and he said that the Emperor praised Birbal unjustly and if Birbal could answer his three questions. Story 43 ." Raaydaas said. His three questions were 1. not because that we wanted to offer you any food. He said that Raaydaas was a very good poet and he will surely give his reward to him. "Arrange a dinner for that rich man on next full moon night. Raaydaas said. The rich man was very hungry. Now Raaydaas and Maayaadaas have already eaten their food first. he would accept the fact that Birbal was intelligent. How many stars were there in the sky . Now the rich man realized his mistake and begged for forgiveness. In this dinner. They talked and talked a lot but did not talk about the food. then he reminded about the food. One day one of those courtiers who always wanted to be the chief minister of the Emperor.
and that courtier went away without saying a word. . and an Indian were talking and bragging about the technological advances their respective countries have achieved in the field of medicine."Is that all you have achieved. just gold medallists? In Patna."That's nothing compared to what we have achieved. During an International conference. a German. Immediately Akbar asked Birbal these three questions and instructed him that if he could not answer them. My friend. Bihar. Birbal drew a couple of lines on the floor and bore an iron rod in it and said “this is the center of the Earth. To answer the first question."In Washington. Now she is a three-time Olympics marathon gold medallist!" The Indian interjected. Birbal brought a sheep and said “There are as many stars in the sky as there is hair on this sheep’s body. Back in Berlin. an American. Where was the center of the Earth and 3. there was a baby boy born without arms so we attached artificial arms on him. there was a baby girl born without legs so we attached a pair of artificial legs on her. the courtier may measure it himself if he doubts. And now that he's grown up and he has become a professional boxer and a gold medallist in the Olympics!" The German replied. The American said. Therefore if all people like him are killed. three scientists. then and only then can one count the exact number of men and women. the courtier. is welcome to count them if he likes. Birbal said “Counting the exact number of men and women in the world would be a problem as there are some specimens like our courtier friend here who cannot easily be classified as either.” To answer the second question. How many men and how many women were there in the world.” In answer to the third question. he would have to resign from the chief minister's position. . we had a baby boy born without a HEAD! .2.” Akbar became very happy as always. .
Birbal smiled and replied that only hens lay eggs. So. one at a time and return with an egg. He gave one egg to each of his ministers before Birbal reached the court one morning. So. Then it was Birbal's turn. and as he was a cock. he could not produce an egg. Everyone laughed loudly and the King realized that Birbal could never be easily fooled . all his ministers went to the pond and returned with the egg which he had previously given them. one by one. So he entered the court crowing like a cock. the king narrated a dream he had had the previous night saying that he would be able to judge the honesty of his ministers if they were able to bring back an egg from the royal garden pond.We attached a COCONUT and called him Laloo and now that he has grown up. So when Birbal arrived. Akbar asked all his courtiers to go to the pond. He jumped into the pond and could find no eggs. He finally realized that the King was trying to play a trick on him. he is the Chief Minister of Bihar!" The Cock And The Hen Since Birbal always outwitted Akbar. The Emperor asked him to stop making that irritating noise and then asked him for the egg. Akbar thought of a plan to make Birbal look like a fool.
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