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.謎(語)( riddle的名詞復數 );猜不透的難題,難解之謎
  • Few riddles collected from oral tradition, however, have all six parts. 但是據收集的情況看,口頭流傳的謎語很少具有這完整的六部分。 來自英漢非文學 - 民俗
  • But first, you'd better see if you can answer riddles. 但是你首先最好想想你會不會猜謎語。 來自辭典例句
2 witty GMmz0     
  • Her witty remarks added a little salt to the conversation.她的妙語使談話增添了一些風趣。
  • He scored a bull's-eye in their argument with that witty retort.在他們的辯論中他那一句機智的反駁擊中了要害。