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Akbar Birbal ChutkuleA professional talker often came to Emperor Akbar' court. He was an expert in spinning yarns of all kinds. Once he thought of making fun of Birbal. He came to the Emperor's court. Then he said to the Emperor, "Your Majesty, today I saw a very funny sight. A goat was pulling a tiger by his ears." The Emperor was quite amused. Just then Birbal arrived there. He said, "It was nothing compared to what I saw a few days ago. A villager went to the river with his buffalo. A crocodile caught the villager's leg and started pulling him in the water. Therefore he held fast to the buffalo's tail. The crocodile and the buffalo started a tug of war. At last the crocodile took away the lower portion of the villager's body in the water. The upper portion remained hanging by the buffalo's tail. Just then a doctor was passing by. He joined the lower portion of a goat to the villager's remaining body. And that villager is still alive."
On hearing this the talker became silent. He dared not come to the court for a long long time.

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