Before we bid adieu to the last Saturday of this year, let’s make it more sagacious by taking wisdom from The three Questions – Akbar Birbal story
The three Questions – Akbar Birbal story
King Akbar and Birbal were very fond of each other. Akbar considered Birbal as the astute minister of his court. This made one of his courtiers very insecure and jealous. That courtier tried his best to be chief minister of the court, but Birbal was already the Chief Minister.
On one fine day, Akbar was very much impressed with Birbal and so he praised Birbal in the court and this made the courtier resentful and irritated. The courtier said in the court that the King is unjust and unfair about praising Birbal. He said, he would accept the fact that Birbal was intelligent if he could answer three of his questions.
Akbar who is always on the verge to test Birbal’s intelligence accepted the request.
The three questions:
The courtier presented the three questions to Akbar. The three questions were:
1. How many stars are there in the sky
2. Where is the center of the Earth and
3. How many men and how many women are there in the world.
As soon as the courtier presented the three questions, Akbar asked Birbal to answer all of the questions, failing which, he would have to resign his position as the Chief Minister.
Birbal who is known for his intelligence answered all three.
To answer the first question, Birbal presented the hairy sheep in the court and said, “There are as many stars in the sky as there is hair on this sheep’s body. My friend (The courtier) free to count them if he wishes.
Birbal answered the second question by drawing a couple of lines on the floor. He then bore an iron rod in it and said, “this is the center of the Earth, the courtier is free to measure it himself to clarify his doubts.”
The third Answer:
Answering the third question, Birbal said, “Counting the exact number of men and women on earth would be difficult since there are also some other species like our courtier friend who cannot be easily classified as either. Hence if all people like him are killed, it would be very easy to count the exact number of men and women living on earth.
Akbar was once again impressed with the wit displayed by Birbal.
Moral: There is Always a Way.
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