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Birbal was very famous for his wit and intelligence. He was well known in Akbar’s kingdom and also in faraway lands. One day a famous scholar visited Akbar’s court. He wanted to challenge Birbal’s intelligence.

He said, “My dear King. I have travelled all over the world. There is no one who is as intelligent as me. I wish to challenge Bribal.”


Birbal war sehr berühmt für seinen Witz und seine Intelligenz. Er war in Akbars Königreich und auch in fernen Ländern bekannt. Eines Tages besuchte ein berühmter Gelehrter Akbars Gericht. Er wollte Birbals Intelligenz herausfordern.

Er sagte: „Mein lieber König. Ich bin um die ganze Welt gereist. Es gibt niemanden, der so intelligent ist wie ich. Ich möchte Bribal herausfordern.“



Akbar was amused and said, “How would you like to challenge Birbal?”

The scholar said, “I will give him a choice. I shall ask him either 100 easy questions or one very difficult question.”


Akbar war amüsiert und sagte: „Wie möchten Sie Birbal herausfordern?”

Der Gelehrte sagte: „Ich werde ihm eine Wahl geben. Ich werde ihm entweder 100 einfache oder eine sehr schwierige Frage stellen.“


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Akbar asked Birbal, “Do you accept this Scholar’s challenge? I shall award the victor 100 gold coins.”

Birbal said, “Yes my King. I will choose to answer the one difficult question.”


Akbar fragte Birbal: „Akzeptieren Sie die Herausforderung dieses Gelehrten? Ich werde dem Sieger 100 Goldmünzen verleihen.“

Birbal sagte: „Ja, mein König. Ich werde mich dafür entscheiden, die eine schwierige Frage zu beantworten.“



The scholar said, “Which came first, the egg or the chicken?”

Birbal immediately said, “The chicken came first.”


Der Gelehrte sagte: „Was war zuerst da, das Ei oder das Huhn?”

Birbal sagte sofort: „Das Huhn kam zuerst.”



The scholar laughed and mocked Birbal, “How can you say so surely. No one can be sure of the answer as the question is impossible to answer.”

Birbal replied, “I promised to answer one difficult question and I have answered. You are now asking me a second question and therefore I will not reply.”


Der Gelehrte lachte und verspottete Birbal: „Wie können Sie das so sicher sagen? Niemand kann sich der Antwort sicher sein, da die Frage nicht zu beantworten ist.“

Birbal antwortete: „Ich habe versprochen, eine schwierige Frage zu beantworten, und ich habe geantwortet. Sie stellen mir jetzt eine zweite Frage und deshalb werde ich nicht antworten.“


The King laughed and said, “That is correct Birbal. You have answered the scholar and he is breaking his challenge by asking you a second question. You are the smartest man in all the kingdoms.”

The king awarded Birbal 100 gold coins and the scholar left the kingdom sadly.


Der König lachte und sagte: „Das ist richtig, Birbal. Sie haben dem Gelehrten geantwortet und er bricht seine Herausforderung, indem er Ihnen eine zweite Frage stellt. Sie sind der klügste Mann in allen Reichen.“

Der König verlieh Birbal 100 Goldmünzen und der Gelehrte verließ das Königreich traurig.


Moral: Presence of mind helps solve even the most difficult of problems.


Moral: Geistesgegenwart hilft, auch die schwierigsten Probleme zu lösen.



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