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Oil Merchant and the Butcher

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Once, there was a big quarrel between an oil seller and a butcher. When they could not come to terms with each other, they came to Birbal to solve their dispute. When Birbal asked the butcher the reason behind the quarrel, he said, "I was selling meat in my shop when this oil seller came to me and asked to bring the oil-container. But, when l had gone inside to bring it, he took my bag full of money and started saying that it belonged to him."-

The oil-seller interrupted, "No, .sir, this is not true. The bag is really' mine. While I was putting coins in the bag, he saw the bag full of money" and said that it was his. Now, you must do justice."
Birbal asked them again and again to tell the truth but both said that they were telling the truth.

Finally, - Birbal filled a vessel. with water' and dipped all the coins from the bag in it. At oriee,: some oil started floating upon the water; it clearly meant that the bag belonged to
the oil-seller. So, Birbal gave the bag of coins to the oil-seller and punished the butcher.

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A 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.... Click here to read more



Oil Merchant and the Butcher