The Story of Fools

In the latter part of 16th century, India was ruled by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar used to consult his worthy advisors in taking administrative and financial decisions. Birbal was one of his most famous advisors known for his wit and wisdom. There are several folk tales about Birbal that we still find very interesting. Here is one such story.

One day, Akbar when addressing his court, observed that his kingdom was blessed with many talented people. He wondered if there were any fools in his kingdom. So he summoned Birbal to take a month’s leave and find the four biggest fools in the city….

On his way home, Birbal saw two friends quarreling near a Kali temple.  He asked them the reason for the dispute. The friends explained that they were going to the temple to pray to Goddess Kali to grant them their wishes. The first guy told his friend that he wished for an ox so that he could plough his field. The second friend said that he would wish for a tiger. He had added that he will let it loose on his friend’s ox. Right after this a fight started between them. Birbal upon hearing everything asked them to come to the Emperor Akbar’s court the following morning.

Akbar was surprised to see Birbal come back so quickly with two men. After hearing their story the Emperor had no doubt that they were the biggest fools in the kingdom. “But ,” he observed, “where are the other two fools?” Birbal smirked. “One of them is you, Jnahapana for asking me to look for fools! And the other is me for finding fools in the kingdom.”

This made all of the people in the court have a good hearty laugh!!

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