Once a rich merchant’s house was robbed. The merchant suspected that the thief was one of his servants. So he went to Birbal and mentioned the incident to him. Birbal went to his house and assembled all his servants and asked who stole the merchant’s things. But everybody denied.
Birbal thought for a moment. He then gave them a stick of equal length and said the stick of the real thief will be longer by two inches tomorrow and he will be caught. 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 could you catch him?” Birbal said, “The thief had already cut his stick short by two inches in the night fearing that his stick will be longer by two inches by morning.” This confirmed that he was the thief.
Moral of the story: Come what may … Truth shall always Prevail.
Posted by Kamlesh Tripathi
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