Exchanges by Akbar and Birbal have become part of Indian folk tradition. These tales are also an integral part of Indian culture. Akbar and Birbal are extremely popular even in the modern age.
This book is a compiled version of 50 good stories,illustrated with images as well.
50 Chapters are -
A. AKBAR AND BIRBAL INTRODUCTION
B. HOW AKBAR MET BIRBAL
C. HOW MAHESH DAS BECAME BIRBAL
01. ANSWER FOR QUESTION IS A QUESTION
02. WHO IS A DONKEY?
03. WHY IS THE CAMEL’S NECK CROOKED?
04. BIRBAL’S VISIT TO HEAVEN
05. BIRBAL CAUGHT THE THIEF
06.I AM YOUR SERVANT, MY LORD
07. HOW MANY CROWS IN THE KINGDOM?
08. BIRBAL SOLVES THE PROBLEM
09. FLOWERS FOR AKBAR
10. BIRBAL’S SWEET REPLY
11. BIRBAL IDENTIFIES THE GUEST
12. TIT-BITS (BETWEEN AKBAR AND BIRBAL)
13. A LITTLE LESSER AND LITTLE MORE
14. BIRBAL’S BEAUTIFUL EXPLANATION
15.THE NOBLEST BEGGAR
17.THE LOYAL GARDENER
18. BIRBAL BETRAYS HIMSELF
19.RED HOT TEST
21.MILK OF AN OX
22.JUST ONE QUESTION
23.THE PARROT NEITHER EATS, NOR DRINKS
24.NEITHER HERE, NOR THERE
25. BIRBAL’S HELP TO ASTROLOGER
27. BIRBAL PASSES THE TEST
28.THE MAGICAL DONKEY
30.HUNTING AND THE DOWRY
31. BIRBAL AND AKBAR’S RING
33. BIRBAL HELPS A PUNDIT
34. BIRBAL’S KHICHADEE
35.THE POET RAAYADAAS
36.THE THREE QUESTIONS
37.FEAR IS THE KEY
38.PROTECTION OF THE FOOT-MARK OF AN ELEPHANT
39. BIRBAL, THE PROBLEM SOLVER
40.WHO IS THE REAL KING?
41.WHO IS FOOLED?
42. BIRBAL, THE CHILD
43. BIRBAL’S LIST OF BLINDS
44.THE BLIND SAINT. REALLY, IS HE?
45.THE SHARP SHIELD & SWORD
46.THE LOST RING
47.WHO IS THE REAL MOTHER?
48.A MERCHANT AND THE STOLEN TREASURE
49. BIRBAL STRIKES AGAIN
50. THE LINGUIST’S CHALLENGE
CHAPTER - 05
BIRBAL CAUGHT THE THIEF
It so happened once that once a rich merchant's house was robbed. The merchant suspected that the thief was one of his servants. He tried to find out the thief was on his own, but failed. So he went to Birbal and explained the whole incident in detail. Birbal went to his house and assembled all of his servants in the front hall and asked that who stole the merchant's things.
Everybody denied. Birbal thought for a moment, then gave a stick of equal length to all the servants of the merchant and said to them that “The stick of the real thief will be long by two inches tomorrow”. All the servants should be present here again tomorrow with their sticks.
All the servants went to their homes and gathered again at the same place the next day. Birbal asked them to show him their sticks. One of the servants had his stick shorter by two inches.
Birbal said, "This is your thief, merchant." Later the merchant asked Birbal, "How did you catch him?" Birbal said, "The thief had already cut his stick shorter by two inches in the night fearing that it is a magical stick and will become longer by two inches by morning. But In fact it was not a magical stick rather it was an ordinary stick."
Akbar felt Very Happy with Birbal’s fair Judgment.
Each of the story is Unique and Good.