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Several stories about the famous Mughal emperor, Akbar, and his advisor, Birbal, have done the rounds for many years.
It was mostly passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth. Many villagers even created new stories with morals and assigned the characters of Akbar and Birbal if they deemed fit. Kids delight in listening to the interesting, and sometimes funny, occurrences in the lives of Akbar and Birbal, and hence make for
The farmer who bought a well
Here are seven of the most famous Akbar–Birbal stories you can read to your kids at bedtime.
A poor farmer once bought a well from a rich man so that he could irrigate his land using the water from the well. The farmer paid the price quoted by the rich man. The next day, when the farmer when to draw water from the well, the rich man stopped him and disallowed him from drawing water. He said that the farmer had bought only the well and not the water from him. So, he cannot draw any water from the well.
Not knowing what to do, the farmer went to the king’s court and told Akbar about his predisposition. Akbar handed over the case to Birbal.
Birbal visited the rich man who was causing problems to the farmer. The rich man reiterated what he told the farmer, to which Birbal said, “Since you have sold the well and not the water to the farmer, you will have to move all the water or pay rent to the farmer to keep the water in the well.”
The rich man realised his ploy was not going to work and let the farmer use the well from the water.
Moral: Do not try to deceive people as you will end up paying the price.