Once when Emperor Akbar was dreaming. The dream began with Akbar and Birbal walking towards each other on a moonless night.
It was so dark that they could not see each other and they collided and fell.
“Fortunately for me,” said the Emperor. “I fell into a pool of payasam—Kheer. But guess, what Birbal fell into?”
“What, your Majesty?” asked the courtiers.
The court resounded with laughter. The emperor was thrilled that for once he had been able to score over Birbal.
But Birbal remained unperturbed.
“Your Majesty,” he said when the laughter died down. “Strangely, I too, had the same dream. But unlike you, I kept sleeping till the end. And when, you climbed out of that pool, of delicious payasam—kheer, and I, out of that stinking gutter, we discovered there was no water with which, we could clean ourselves, so guess, what we did?”
“What?” asked the emperor, cautiously.
“We licked each other clean!”
The emperor became red with embarrassment and resolved never to try to get the better of Birbal again.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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