Once Akbar told Birbal ‘Birbal, make me a painting. Use imagination in it.
To which the reply was ‘But hoozoor, I am a minister, how can I possibly paint?’
The king was angry and said ‘If I don’t get a good painting by one week then you shall be hanged!’
The clever Birbal had an idea.
After one week, he went to the court and with him he carried a covered frame.
Akbar was happy to see that Birbal had obeyed him, until he opened the cover. The courtiers rushed to see what was wrong. What they saw made them feel very happy.
At last, they would not see Birbal in court! The painting was nothing but ground and sky. There were a few specs of green on the ground.
The Emperor, angrily, told Birbal ‘what is this?’ To which the reply was ‘A cow eating grass hoozoor!’
Akbar said ‘where is the cow and grass?’ and Birbal told ‘I used my imagination. The cow ate the grass and returned to its shed!’
Akbar started laughing hearing that. As Birbal again pulled a fast on him. He rewarded him for using his intelligence.
The Musical Genius
Famous musicians once gathered at Akbar’s court for a competition.
The one who could capture a bull’s interest was to be declared the winner.
One by one, they played the most heavenly music but the bull paid no attention.
Then Birbal took the stage. His music sounded like the droning of mosquitoes and the mooing of cows.
But to everyone’s amazement the bull suddenly became alert and began to move in a lively manner.
Akbar declared Birbal the winner.
Birbal : The Problem Solver
Several courtiers were vying to be the Royal Advisor of Emperor Akbar. So one day, when they came to the court, they said to the Emperor, “We want to be your Royal Advisor.” Akbar said, “No problem, but you will have to pass the test before you could be my Royal Advisor. And whoever would pass the test will be appointed my Advisor.” They agreed.
The King unfastened his waist cloth and lay down on the floor, and asked the candidates to cover him with that cloth from head to toe. Now everybody tried to cover him, but in vain. If one wanted to cover the head, then feet remained uncovered, or if the feet were covered, then his head remained open.
Just then Birbal entered the court, the king asked Birbal also, if he could cover him with that cloth from head to toe. Birbal paused a moment, then asked the Emperor politely, “Huzoor, Could you pull up your knees a little bit?” The King did so, and Birbal could cover him from head to toe with that cloth.
Realizing that they failed the test, the courtiers left the court quietly and then they never thought about being the King’s Advisor.