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Ein bisschen weniger und ein bisschen mehr

Birbal had a daughter who was ten years old. One day, she accompanied him to the royal court. Akbar was very fond of children and loved talking to them. When he saw her, he called her near him and gave her gifts and sweets.


Birbal hatte eine Tochter, die zehn Jahre alt war. Eines Tages begleitete sie ihn zum königlichen Gericht. Akbar liebte Kinder sehr und liebte es, mit ihnen zu sprechen. Als er sie sah, rief er sie in seiner Nähe an und gab ihr Geschenke und Süßigkeiten.


He started to converse with her and asked, “Do you know Persian, little girl?”

The girl replied, “My King, a little lesser and a little more”.


Er begann sich mit ihr zu unterhalten und fragte: „Kennst du Persisch, kleines Mädchen?”

Das Mädchen antwortete: “Mein König, ein bisschen weniger und ein bisschen mehr.”

Birbal's daughter


Akbar did not understand her reply and asked Birbal what his daughter meant.

Birbal said, “My King, she knows Persian a little more than those who do not know Persian at all. She knows a little lesser than those who know Persian very well.”


Akbar verstand ihre Antwort nicht und fragte Birbal, was seine Tochter meinte.

Birbal sagte: „Mein König, sie spricht etwas mehr Persisch als diejenigen, die überhaupt kein Persisch sprechen. Sie weiß etwas weniger als diejenigen, die Persisch sehr gut können.“


Akbar understood that Birbal’s daughter had the same wits as her father.

Akbar said, “Seems that your daughter is as smart as you.”

Birbal said, “My King, a little lesser and a little more”.


Akbar verstand, dass Birbals Tochter den gleichen Verstand hatte wie ihr Vater.

Akbar sagte: „Scheint, dass Ihre Tochter so schlau ist wie Sie.”

Birbal sagte: „Mein König, ein bisschen weniger und ein bisschen mehr.”



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