A Wise Counting
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Emperor Akbar was in the habit of putting riddles1 and puzzles to his courtiers. He often asked questions which were strange and witty2. It took much wisdom to answer these questions. 
Once he asked a very strange question. The courtiers were dumb folded by his question. 
Akbar glanced at his courtiers. As he looked, one by one the heads began to hang low in search of an answer. It was at this moment that Birbal entered the courtyard. Birbal who knew the nature of the emperor quickly grasped the situation and asked, "May I know the question so that I can try for an answer". 
Akbar said, "How many crows are there in this city?" 
Without even a moment's thought, Birbal replied "There are fifty thousand five hundred and eighty nine crows, my lord". 
"How can you be so sure?" asked Akbar. 
Birbal said, "Make you men count, My lord. If you find more crows it means some have come to visit their relatives here. If you find less number of crows it means some have gone to visit their relatives elsewhere". 
Akbar was pleased very much by Birbal's wit. 
MORAL : A witty answer will serve its purpose.


1 riddles 77f3ceed32609b0d80430e545f553e31     
n.谜(语)( riddle的名词复数 );猜不透的难题,难解之谜
  • Few riddles collected from oral tradition, however, have all six parts. 但是据收集的情况看,口头流传的谜语很少具有这完整的六部分。 来自英汉非文学 - 民俗
  • But first, you'd better see if you can answer riddles. 但是你首先最好想想你会不会猜谜语。 来自辞典例句
2 witty GMmz0     
  • Her witty remarks added a little salt to the conversation.她的妙语使谈话增添了一些风趣。
  • He scored a bull's-eye in their argument with that witty retort.在他们的辩论中他那一句机智的反驳击中了要害。