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Once upon a time, many minsters had come to King Akbar’s kingdom for a grand wedding. At the wedding, the ministers thanked King Akbar for inviting them. However they did not look happy.

King Akbar said, “My dear ministers, I can see that you have some questions in your mind. You seem very bothered. Please ask your doubts to me.”


Es war einmal, dass viele Münster zu einer großen Hochzeit in das Königreich von König Akbar gekommen waren. Bei der Hochzeit dankten die Minister König Akbar für die Einladung. Sie sahen jedoch nicht glücklich aus.

König Akbar sagte: „Meine lieben Minister, ich kann sehen, dass ihr einige Fragen im Kopf habt. Ihr scheint sehr gestört zu sein. Bitte fragt mich nach euren Zweifeln.“


The ministers said, “My King. We have heard that your favourite advisor is Birbal. We agree that Birbal is famous for his intelligence. We are far more intelligent than he is since we have travelled a lot around this world.”


Die Minister sagten: „Mein König. Wir haben gehört, dass Ihr Lieblingsberater Birbal ist. Wir sind uns einig, dass Birbal für seine Intelligenz berühmt ist. Wir sind viel intelligenter als er, da wir viel um diese Welt gereist sind.“

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King Akbar said, “So what are you requesting?”

The ministers said, “Our King, we request you to keep a test to see who is the most intelligent amongst us. Let that person be your chief advisor.”


König Akbar sagte: „Also, was fordert ihr an?”

Die Minister sagten: „Unser König, wir bitten Sie, einen Test durchzuführen, um herauszufinden, wer der intelligenteste unter uns ist. Lassen Sie diese Person Ihr Chefberater sein.“


King Akbar agreed. It was a very fair request.

He removed a cloth from his waistband. It was shorter than him.  King Akbar said, “Please cover me from head to toe with this waistband cloth. Whoever can do so shall become my chief advisor.”

After saying the rules of the competition, King Akbar lay on the floor.


König Akbar stimmte zu. Es war eine sehr faire Bitte.

Er nahm ein Tuch von seinem Hosenbund. Es war kürzer als er. König Akbar sagte: „Bitte bedecken Sie mich von Kopf bis Fuß mit diesem Bundtuch. Wer das kann, wird mein Chefberater.“

Nachdem König Akbar die Regeln des Wettbewerbs ausgesprochen hatte, lag er auf dem Boden.


Each minister tried many tricks to cover the King but they were all unsuccessful. The cloth was too short.

Birbal was the last to try, “My king, please fold your legs.”

After Akbar folded his legs, Birbal easily covered him with a cloth.


Jeder Minister versuchte viele Tricks, um den König zu decken, aber sie waren alle erfolglos. Das Tuch war zu kurz.

Birbal war der letzte, der versuchte: „Mein König, bitte falten Sie Ihre Beine.”

Nachdem Akbar seine Beine gefaltet hatte, bedeckte Birbal ihn leicht mit einem Tuch.


Akbar stood up and said, “This is why Birbal is my favourite minister. He is not afraid to ask me to do something. He does not expect to do the full task himself. He understands what his limitations are and asks even my help in order to succeed.”


Akbar stand auf und sagte: „Deshalb ist Birbal mein Lieblingsminister. Er hat keine Angst, mich zu bitten, etwas zu tun. Er erwartet nicht, die ganze Aufgabe selbst zu erledigen. Er versteht seine Grenzen und bittet sogar um meine Hilfe, um erfolgreich zu sein.“



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