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  • Once Emperor Akbar tricked Birbal by placing an apple in a tricky way and used that incident to tease him all the time. In order to put an end to this, Birbal used his wit and came up with a way to settle this matter with Akbar and in the process ensured that Akbar never teases him again.

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  • The Egyptian King was quite impressed listening to all the stories of courtier Birbal and invited him to visit him once. When Birbal reached there, Birbal was received by a courtier. When he went to the courtroom the next day, someone was sitting on the throne but Birbal went to one of the courtiers and wished him. He explained how he was able to recognize him as the true Egyptian king. 

    The next day he was taken on a visit to the palace and also shown a place where another test was arranged for him and Birbal once again showed his wittiness to ace the challenge.

     

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  • Following the death of one of Akbar’s brave soldiers, the soldier’s old wife faced plenty of difficulties and poverty in her life. When Birbal learned about her situation, he summoned her to the court with the soldier’s sword. The next day, the old lady visited Akbar and asked him to keep her husband’s sword in his treasury. She explained to Akbar how precious the sword is to her because it is her husband’s sole remaining memento.

    Akbar carefully examined the sword and asked the old lady to take it back since it was old and rusty. As she was about to leave, Birbal walked in and ironically indicated to Akbar how unique and valuable the sword was. Akbar realized the significance and quickly ordered his courtiers to weigh the sword and offer the old lady the equivalent amount of gold coins. Once again, Birbal had used his wit and cleverness to help common folks of the kingdom.

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  • Many years ago, there was a businessman in Delhi. Two thieves disguised as business people once came to meet him. They pretended to be from China and requested the innocent man to sell a few jewels for them. As an honest man, he requested the thieves in disguise to hand it to him and that he would look into their request.

    The criminals demanded that the man not deliver the jewels to anyone else under any circumstances. A few hours later, the second thief returned and wanted back the jewels. He was informed by the man that his other partner had already arrived and taken them. When he heard this, the thief became enraged and began yelling. He threatened and instructed the businessman to get his jewels at whatever cost.

    They then traveled to Badshah Akbar’s court, where Birbal heard the entire narrative and then instructed the second thief to bring in his other partner. Birbal apprehended and punished the second thief when he had no answer and was attempting to flee the court. He was imprisoned for two years, and the innocent businessman joyously returned home.

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  • Once upon a time, there lived a businessman who was fascinated by jewelry and liked wearing them. He used to wear a diamond necklace. One day he kept his necklace on the table and went for a shower. When he came back, his diamond necklace was nowhere to be found. He gathered all his servants and asked them to return it if anyone has taken it. None came forward so the businessman went to the court to report his complaint. 

    Birbal listened to his story and asked the man to come along with his servants the next day. The following day when all of them arrived, Birbal gave each servant one stick and informed them that it is a magical stick to detect the thief. The stick of the thief will grow four fingers taller. Birbal then asked all the servants to return to the court the next morning. The thief who took the necklace was very scared. He cut the stick four-finger shorter to be safe. 

    But it was revealed the next morning that it was no magical stick but the trick of Birbal to find the thief. Thus, Birbal once again proved to be the wise gem of the court of Akbar.


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  • Once upon a time, in Delhi, there lived a Brahman who insisted on being called "Shastriji" despite having no knowledge of the Vedas. He tried hard as a child to learn the Vedas but was never able to remember what he read. Desperate Brahman sought to Birbal for assistance. Perplexed Birbal, paused for a moment to consider his options before instructing the man to carry out his orders. After few minutes Birbal had an idea and asked the Brahman to execute it.  The Brahman went near Birbal's house the next day, as per Birbal's order, and began loitering. Birbal instructed some nearby children to refer to the Brahman as "Shastriji" until he became annoyed.

    The kids began to irritate the Brahman by calling him "Shastriji" from that day forward, and the Brahman would scare them away. After a few days, the entire town became aware of the event and began referring to him as "Shastriji." This is how Birbal fulfilled the Brahman's wish.

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  • Once there lived a poor woman who used to cook for other people to earn money. Every month, she used to save a certain portion of her money so that she could have a peaceful life in the future. Her earnings were very dear to her. One day a few of her known people decided to go on a pilgrimage. She decided to join them in the journey but was worried about her small fortune. Neither did she want to carry so much money nor leave it unattended. The poor lady finally decided to seek help from a sage. Sage declined to have to do anything with it but when she persisted, he asked her to bury it in his ashram with a warning that he is not responsible for it.  After burying the money, she left for the pilgrimage

    On her return, she went straight to the sage in his “ashram” to get her money back but was stunned to find nothing upon digging the place where she hid it. Money was nowhere to be found. She could not blame the sage as he had already renounced himself from having to do anything with it, so she sought help from Birbal. After listening to her story Birbal made a plan and sent two of his guards to the sage to seek help with their wealth and in turn got the poor lady her money back. 

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  • Like we all know, Birbal was emperor Akbar’s favorite gem and consultant. Be it a small issue or something huge and important, Akbar always looked up to Birbal for help and advice. As Birbal was preferred more in the court of the king, the other members were often jealous. One day when Akbar came to court, he noticed that the courtroom be very silent and no one was even talking during the discussion period. When the confused king asked the reason behind the sudden silence, an elderly man came forward and complained to him that even after several years of service they have given to the king, Akbar only prefers Birbal. The man also explained how insulted they all feel because of the partiality. Akbar decided to ask a question to everyone present in the room to prove themselves better than Birbal. His question was, “Where are seeds planted?”  But no one was able to tell the right answer. Akbar then summoned Birbal. Learn whether he will succeed in giving the right answer or not.

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  • Everyone is aware of Birbal’s intelligence and wise decisions. But when the King of Iran came to know about Birbal, he decided to test him. The king sent three idols to the court of Akbar. The idols were exactly identicals to look at. There was a letter attached to them where the king mentioned, “ Emperor Akbar, among the three idols, identify and label the good one, the beautiful one and the bad one and then sent it back to me. Or else accept your failure.”
    It was a difficult task to complete as all the idols looked exactly the same. After a long time, Akbar decided to summon Birbal for help. He explained the entire trivia to him. Birbal took the idols with him and asked for a day to solve this puzzle. The next day when Birbal came back to the court, Akbar asked him for the answers, the good, the bad, and the most beautiful.


    Birbal explained his examination and informed Akbar that all the three idols have a small hole in their ear. In the case of the first idol, the hole leads to the mouth. In the second idol, it leads to the other ear and in the case of the third one, it leads to the stomach but gets stuck there. So in conclusion, the first one is the bad one, the second one is neutral and the third one is the best. He further explained the hidden meaning of each idol to all the people of the court and once again proved to be the wisest of all. The three idols were then labeled and sent back to the King of Iran. The impressed king sent a letter complimenting Emperor Akbar and his wise gem Birbal.

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  • One day two businessmen named Sevamal and Mandbudh came to Akbar's court seeking for a resolution to their dispute. Sevamal complained that last month, he had lent Mandbudh some money but now Mandbudh is refusing to pay him back. He complained that, in fact, Mandbudh is disagreeing with the fact of ever taking money from him. Akbar asked Mandbudh his part of the story and Mandbudh told that Sevamal is just lying and trying to hurt his business. Akbar then asked Birbal to get to the conclusion of the matter and to find out who is lying.
    Birbal heard the story from both sides and then decides to visit the market to know more about them. He sent his servant to the market and on his return, he tells Birbal that everyone considers Sevamal to be a very humble man whereas Mandbudh is a clever and selfish person. Birbal then gets an idea and asks his servant again to put one gold coin each in two separate bowls of ghee and then to sell it to both Sevamal and Mandbudh. The next day Akbar declares Mandbudh as the real culprit as he never returned the gold coin but Sevamal being a humble person returned it which proves that Mandbudh is a liar and is capable of committing a false deed. Akbar then punishes Mandbudh and orders him to give back the money.

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  • Birbal is one of the closest mates of Akbar but there was a time when Akbar was so angry with Birbal that he ordered Birbal to leave his kingdom forever. Birbal without any complaint left and stayed in a far-off village for months. Akbar was very sad without Birbal being around him so he decided to look for him. He sent his men all over the kingdom but no one could trace him. Then Akbar came up with an idea.


    Akbar announced that whoever will come to visit the king in half sunlight and half shade will be rewarded. Everyone wished to try but none could succeed. When Birbal got to know about this quest, he asked his neighbor to keep a woven bed on his head and to visit the court. The man did as Birbal asked him to and was rewarded. Akbar knew that this can’t be the solution for the villager, so asked him to reveal the real brain behind this. The villager then informed Akbar that a Brahmin man was staying in his village for a few months and he gave him the idea to do so. Akbar ordered his guards to bring Birbal back and this way he got his gem back again.
     
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  • One evening, when Akbar and Birbal were sitting together in the garden, Akbar requested Birbal to get him ox milk as it is required to prepare some medicine. Birbal understood that Akbar is trying to fool him but Birbal being Birbal assured Akbar that he would get it for him. On returning home, Birbal was trying to figure out the solution but could barely think of one. Then his daughter on hearing the story promised Birbal that Akbar would get his answer in a week. 
    Two days later Birbal's daughter came up with a solution. In the middle of the night, she took a pile of clothes and went near the river to wash them. She started beating and washing the clothes so loudly that Akbar, who lived near the river, woke up and ordered his guards to check what was the matter. The guards then asked her to come along with them to the court where the girl explained her misery. She said that her father gave birth to a baby and she was busy all day looking after them,  so she had no time to wash clothes during the day. Akbar furiously questioned her that how can any man give birth to a baby. Birbal's daughter taking the advantage of the situation asked Akbar rhetorically how can an ox produce milk then? Akbar understood his mistake and happily rewarded Birbal's daughter.
     
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  • Akbar once was having a conversation with his barber Karim. Karim asked Akbar a question as if he has heard any news of his ancestors from heaver ever. Akbar was confused as to how something like that could be possible and Karim told him that Brahmins like Birbal have special powers to go to heaven and return back. Akbar then went to enquire from Birbal if that was possible and he immediately understood the plot to get rid of him. Birbal agrees with this and said he will need 6 months and some money to do so.
    Using time and money, Birbal dug a secret tunnel from cremation ground all the way to his home. On the selected day, he secretly slipped back to his house. Then after a few months, he presented himself in front of the Emperor. Akbar was very pleased to see him and Birbal told him that he met his father in heaven. His father was very happy there but he had complained of not having any good barbers in heaven and have thus requested for the royal barber to be sent to heaven. Poor Karim was this stuck in his own net and finally had to spill the beans as to how some other courtiers have allured him into this plot to get rid of Birbal. Akbar was also ashamed to hear this all and rewarded Birbal for his cleverness and wisdom.
     
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  • One day a minister in Akbar's court brought up quite a weird topic. He came across a person in the market who used to work as a servant in a rich person's house but was asked to leave by his master because he considered his servant to be a fool. The servant polity left, but before leaving, he mentioned to his master that the master doesn’t know how to value a person. Upon hearing this everyone present in the court got very confused. They all wondered how can a person's value be measured. Therefore everyone requested Akbar to find a solution to this confusion. In the next meeting, Akbar decided to take an example of himself and asked everyone what do they think of Akbar's value.
    Birbal as always had a solution and thus recommended Akbar to call all the jewellers and money lenders of his kingdom. Akbar asked the same question to them and gave them a time of 15 days to properly evaluate his own value. He even asked Birbal to accompany them for 15 days. After the stipulate time, everyone again came back to the court. The head of the jewellers ordered for scales and asked Akbar to sit on one side wherein on the other side he started to place gold coins. Suddenly one jeweller from the crowd started shouting "Got it! Got it!" which made Akbar very angry. He angrily responded, "Is my worth equal to just one gold coin?" Then the jeweller explained that the gold coin is not any ordinary one. Just like Akbar is the king, similarly that gold coin is special and greatest of all. This made Akbar so happy that he rewarded the jewellers with big prizes.
     
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  • One day Birbal suggested to Emperor Akbar that if he ever makes a mistake, then Akbar should let Birbal choose the jury to decide the quantum of his punishment. One fateful day when Birbal did something wrong and was to be punished, Akbar let him choose his jury as promised. Birbal called for 5 cobblers to decide his punishment. They were very pleased to help Birbal but they also found it a very good opportunity to seek revenge from him since long back Birbal tricked them all. The first cobbler asked Birbal to pay a fine of 150 gold coins. The second cobbler thought that it was a hefty amount and might affect his family, so he reduced the fine by 20 coins from the original amount. Even the others continued to reduce the fine and finally it was decided to charge Birbal a fine of 40 gold coins only. Akbar understood why Birbal decided to choose his punishment because for a cobbler even 20 coins a year is a very big deal, so this way Birbal saved himself from a huge punishment.   For more kid's podcasts and 24x7 web radio, download the free 'Chimes Radio' apps from Apple and Google App Stores. www.chimesradio.com  https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/  https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/  https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • King Akbar was a very popular and well-known king. It was because of him that all the other kings lived in peace together. One day a king of a different place, King Faizal, decided to meet the witty Birbal and see his intelligence in person. The king took a disguise of a farmer and left for Delhi to meet Birbal. On his way, he saw a old lame man asking for help. The old man wanted to go to Delhi but no one would listen to his request. King Faizal felt bad for him and decided to help the man. He helped the man to climb the horse and they resumed their journey to Delhi again.
    When they reached Delhi, King Faizal asked the old man to step down of the horse. Instead the old man started shouting and pretended to be the owner of the horse. He even accused King Faizal of being a thief who was trying to steal the horse. King Faizal was so astonished that he had no clue what to say, so they decided to visit the court of Akbar for a fair judgment. Akbar asked Birbal to look into the matter and find a solution. Birbal as always quickly came up with a plan. He took both of them in the horse shed where there were several horses and asked them to identify the horse that belonged to them. The old man failed to do so but King Faizal instantly figured out his horse. This way Birbal once again managed to solve a case and King Faizal was highly impressed with his cleverness.
     
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  • Once, Akbar declared that whoever will be able to read the other person's mind and voice his thoughts properly will be awarded five thousand gold coins. Astrologers and noblemen from all across the country came to undertake the test but the ministers of Akbar's court would deny the reward for everyone. They will change their mind at the last minute and even if someone guessed correctly, they would reply "No, No! I was not thinking about this. This is wrong" Finally, a Brahmin who was an expert in this decided to take on the challenge. He has understood the tricks of the ministers that they did not want anyone to win. So he went directly to Birbal for help and Birbal gave him the task of making Birbal's astrological chart just by looking at his face. The Brahmin was exemplary great in his skill and completed the task effortlessly. Birbal was very pleased and decided to help him out.  The Brahmin then went to the court and accepted Akbar's challenge. When Akbar asked what’s going on in the mind of each nobleman there, Brahmin said," All the ministers are thinking of Akbar's long life, protection of his throne and well being of the kingdom." Everyone had to agree to his answer as no one dared to demean the king. Akbar was very pleased with the Brahmin and asked him a second question. The boy again answered with intelligence and Akbar happily offered him five thousand gold coins. www.chimesradio.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • One day a priest came in the court of Akbar with his wrist full of golden bangles and threw a challenge to Akbar. He suggested he will question the nobleman of Akbar’s court and if he loses, all the bangles that he has collected from great men all across the world will be Akbar’s but if he wins, Akbar will have to offer him another golden bangle.


    Birbal was summoned to face the challenge and the priest started questioning him. The priest asked Birbal four questions and Birbal, as usual, answered each one of them with his sheer wit. Everyone in the court started praising Birbal and the priest understood that he has lost therefore he gave all his bangles to Akbar and left.  For more kid's podcasts and 24x7 web radio, download the free 'Chimes Radio' apps from Apple and Google App Stores.
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  • It is known by all how much Akbar was fond of Birbal and considered him to be one of his dear friends. But one day Akbar got frustrated with him and Birbal, unable to understand Akbar’s mood, kept on cracking jokes on him. Suddenly Akbar burst out in anger asked Birbal to leave his palace and never return back. Birbal left in peace thinking that once Akbar's temper cools down, he will be summoned back to the court.


    Days passed by but no one from the court arrived to fetch him. Akbar tried to replace Birbal with a new minister but no one could meet up to the standards of witty Birbal. Therefore, Akbar decided to spread the word that whoever will answer his questions properly will be appointed as the next minister in his court.


    On the day of the meeting, Akbar’s other ministers started asking questions "How many shells are there in the seafloor?" Some aspirants answer lakhs, some crores but one man named Chandan answered: "The count of total human eyes in the world is equal to the number of shells in the seafloor." Chandan answered all the other questions with wit and was able to impress everyone in the court including Akbar. Akbar was very happy to meet someone equally intelligent as Birbal and decided to make him the next minister. But Chandan rejects the offer saying that he cannot meet the standards of great Birbal, and suggested instead to Akbar to look for him properly and call him back in his court. Akbar said he would really be happy to meet Birbal and on hearing that, Chandan slowly removed his turban and fake beard. Surprisingly, it was Birbal in the disguise of another man who came to meet Akbar. Akbar was happy to see him again and appointed Birbal back to his old position. For more kid's podcasts and 24x7 web radio, download the free 'Chimes Radio' apps from Apple and Google App Stores.
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  • Once on a cold winter day, Akbar and Birbal were walking by the lake. Out of curiosity, Akbar stopped and put his finger into the freezing water and immediately took it out saying, “I don’t think anyone can sustain a night in this cold water”. Birbal took that as a challenge and said that he would find someone who can do it. Akbar promised a sum of 1000 gold coins to whoever could spend a night standing in the cold water of the lake. Soon, Birbal found a poor man who spent the entire night standing in the freezing water. In the morning, when poor man was taken to court for the reward, Akbar asks him what made him able to stand in the freezing water whole night and the man replied, “My lord, I kept looking at a lamp that was burning at a distance, and spent my entire night looking at it”. On learning this, the emperor refused to offer the reward as he felt it was the warmth of the lamp which helped the man. The plot continues on how Birbal taught Akbar through a demonstration that the poor man deserved his reward.   For more kid's podcasts and 24x7 web radio, download the free 'Chimes Radio' apps from Apple and Google App Stores.
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