Akbar was very fond of birds. One day a bird catcher came to his kingdom . He had a very colorful bird. The Bird catcher said to Emperor Akbar that this bird is not only colorful like a peacock, but it can dance also like him and also fly. The Bird catcher was immediately rewarded with 50 gold coins. He left the kingdom in a hurry.
When the bird catcher had gone Birbal said to Emperor – “This bird cannot dance like a peacock and it has not bathed for many months.” Birbal further suggested – “Let me give it a bath.” and asked for a glass of water.
When Birbal gave the bath to the bird, everybody was surprised to see that it was not any special bird but was actually a pigeon and the bird catcher had fooled every body by painting it. Its color was coming out in water.
Everybody asked Birbal that how did he know this. Birbal told that he saw colors on the nails of the bird catcher. The bird catcher was caught and given a punishment. The reward that was given to the bird catcher was now given to Birbal.
Quick Thinking Birbal : Count The Crows
One day Akbar was strolling in his palace gardens with his dear minister Birbal. Many crows were flying around. The King enjoyed their flying. Just then he thought, that how many crows could be in his kingdom and immediately posed this question to Birbal.
Birbal thought a moment, then said, “They are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three (95, 463) crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.” “How do you know that for sure?” the King asked. “You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said.,
The king again said, “If there will be less than that, then?” Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighboring kingdoms.” “Or if there were more than that, then?” “Then it means that other crows are visiting your kingdom, Huzoor.”
Fear is the Key
One day King Akbar said to Birbal, “Birbal, my people are very obedient to me. They love me very much.” Birbal smiled and replied, “This is true, but they fear you too, Jahaanpanaah.” Akbar could not agree on this, so it was decided that Birbal’s statement should be tested.
Next day, according to Birbal’s instructions, the King announced that he would be going for hunting, and people should pour a pot of milk in a tub kept in the courtyard. Next day when Akbar returned from hunting, he found that there was no milk in the tub, instead there was only water. Akbar got very disappointed, but couldn’t do anything.
Then Birbal said, “This time you will announce that you will come back and see the tub yourself.” King did as Birbal said. Once again the tub was kept in the courtyard. This time when King returned from the hunting, he found the tub overflowing with milk. Birbal said, “I told you. It is your fear which made people obey you. The first time there was no one to check the tub, so people poured the water, but the second time, they knew that you would check yourself, that is why they brought the milk.”