AKBAR-BIRBAL : THE MAGICAL STICKS
From the Akbar-Birbal Classics, here is another one :
Akbar-Birbal :The Magical Sticks !
On a scorching summer day, a rich merchant decided to have afternoon bath to refresh himself from the tiring day.
So he undressed his clothes along with all the gold he was wearing and wrapped it in a bundle and kept it outside his bathing room.
A few minutes later when the merchant was done with his bath, he was shocked to find his bundle of clothes along with his gold missing.
He called all the six servants of his house and inquired them personally about the incident, but none of them agreed to be aware about it.
Unable to find his belongings, the merchant decided to go to Emperor Akbar.
He narrated the whole incident of his missing clothes and gold to the Emperor in his court of justice.
After hearing the case, the Emperor assigned the case to his wittiest advisor, Birbal.
Birbal, who was present in the courtroom throughout the hearing, immediately agreed to help the merchant find out the thief who stole all his belongings.
Birbal asked the merchant to call all his six servants to the court.
When all the six servants arrived, Birbal handed out each of the six servants a wooden stick.
“These are six magic sticks” said Birbal to the servants.”Each of you will take a stick home and bring back the sticks to the court tomorrow”.
All the six servants took their stick home and came back the next day with it to the court.
When all the servants returned, Birbal started measuring the sticks individually from each servant.
He found one of the stick had turned an inch shorter. Birbal immediately pointed out the servant who carried a shortened stick and announced him as the thief.
On hearing this, Emperor Akbar immediately asked the reason behind Birbal’s conclusion.
Birbal laughed and addressed the court with the reason behind his trick.
He said, “Yesterday I handed every servant a stick of the same length and told them to keep the sticks with them overnight.
I also made them believe that the sticks I handed them were magic sticks and that the servant whose stick would grow in length by an inch would be the thief”.
“That’s all it took your Majesty”, chuckled Birbal.
So the servant who was the real thief, became insecure and feared that his stick would grow by an inch.
So before coming to to the court today, he cut his stick by an inch to save himself.
This made my job very easy, knowing the sticks were not magical but just ordinary wooden sticks,
I just had to find the servant with the shorter stick.
The servant had no option but to admit his theft and was asked to hand back the stolen belongings of the merchant back to him.
So at the end, Birbal once again proved his smartness and impressed the Emperor and the whole courtroom.
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