Four Fools Story
Another classical story from the collection of Akbar and Birbal Stories.
One day Akbar had a wish to see four fools from his kingdom. He asked Birbal to go and bring four fools from his kingdom. Birbal was amused and asked Akbar to grant him some time. Akbar said, “Birbal take your time and get me four fools from my kingdom.”
As Birbal started searching for the fools in his kingdom, he came across a brahmin. The Brahmin was having a plate in his hand with rice, gifts and some other food stuff. Birbal was curious to know why he was running. The Brahmin said, “My wife left me and married some other person and now she delivered a baby boy. I am running to give these gifts to the baby and the mother.”
Birbal was very happy to find his first fool. He ordered the brahmin to accompany him. But the brahmin refused and said, “I need to go and give these gifts to the baby and the mother.” Birbal said, “I am the minister and it's my order.” With a lot of reluctance, the brahmin agreed to accompany him.
As they moved further in search of another fool, to their surprise they saw a man sitting on a horse and holding the heavy luggage on his shoulders.
Birbal was curious again to know why he was holding the luggage on his shoulders. Birbal stopped the man and asked, “ Why are you holding the luggage when you are sitting on a horse ?” The man replied, “ My horse is a mare and she is pregnant. I don’t want to trouble her during this period by carrying heavy luggage.”
Birbal could not control his laugh and while laughing he said, “If you are sitting on the horse and holding the luggage or if you keep it on the horse, it would be the same.” But the man did not agree and said, “how can that be possible when I am holding the luggage. It is not correct.”
Birbal thought of him as his second fool. Birbal asked him as well to accompany him. All three reached the palace. Birbal said, "Here are the two fools whom you had asked.”
Akbar said, “ I had asked you to search for four fools. But you have searched only two. Where are the other two fools? Birbal said, “ My lord, please excuse me, the third fool is you and the fourth is me. You asked me to bring fools from our kingdom. Only a fool will search for a fool. I am the fourth fool as I searched for these two fools. The emperor burst out laughing and enjoyed Birbal's witty nature.
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