Birbal, The Cock!



One day, Akbar decided to make fun of Birbal in order to embarrass him. He sought the help of his courtiers. He assembled them in the garden of his palace and said, “Last night I had a dream.”  “Your Majesty, your dreams always come true,” said one of the courtiers.



Akbar continued, “Well, I dreamt that anyone who would bring me an egg from the pond in my garden will be considered an honest and a pious man. The Almighty will always shower His blessings on him.” All the courtiers prepared themselves to jump into the pond. Akbar looked at Birbal and said, “Birbal, be prepared. Each of us will have to bring an egg from the pond.”

But Birbal could not be fooled easily. He said, “Your Majesty, you should have the honor to jump into the pond first. The courtiers will follow you. I will be the last one to jump into the pond. ”Akbar jumped into the pond and came out with an egg in his hand. The courtiers, too, jumped into the pond one after the other. Each one came out with an egg in his hand.



How could there be eggs in the pond? Actually, Akbar and his courtiers had planned everything beforehand. Each one of them jumped into the pond with an egg in his hand. When they came out, they would pretend as if they had found the egg in the pond.



At last, it was Birbal’s turn. He jumped into the pond, but came out empty-handed. He stood before Akbar and crowed loudly, “Cock-a-doodle …doo.” Akbar said, “Birbal, you could not get an egg from the pond. You are not an honest and a pious man. But why are you crowing?”  “Your Majesty! Only hens can lay eggs. I am a cock. How can I lay an egg?” said Birbal. Birbal’s reply implied that Akbar and the courtiers were all hens. This comment made them feel rather abashed.




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