Akbar & Birbal: A witty answer will
serve its purpose.
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Emperor Akbar was in the habit of putting riddles
and puzzles to his courtiers. He often asked questions which were strange and
witty. It took much wisdom to answer these questions.
Once he asked a very strange question. The courtiers were dumb folded by his
Akbar glanced at his courtiers. As he looked, one by one the heads began to hang
low in search of an answer. It was at this moment that Birbal entered the
courtyard. Birbal who knew the nature of the emperor quickly grasped the
situation and asked, "May I know the question so that I can try for an answer".
Akbar said, "How many crows are there in this city?"
Without even a moment's thought, Birbal replied "There are fifty thousand five
hundred and eighty nine crows, my lord".
"How can you be so sure?” asked Akbar.
Birbal said, "Make you men count, My lord. If you find more crows it means some
have come to visit their relatives here. If you find less number of crows it
means some have gone to visit their relatives elsewhere".
Akbar was pleased very much by Birbal's wit.
MORAL : A witty answer will serve its purpose.