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La varita mágica

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Akbar and Birbal – La varita mágica


Once upon a time, a rich merchant was robbed in the Akbar’s kingdom. The merchant was very upset and wanted justice. He went to court and asked King Akbar for help.


Érase una vez un rico comerciante que fue robado en el reino de Akbar. El comerciante estaba muy molesto y quería justicia. Fue a la Corte y le pidió ayuda al rey Akbar.


King Akbar said, “Dear Birbal, please help this man. Recover the money and jewellery for him.”

Birbal said, “Yes, my lord. Dear merchant. Is there anyone you suspect?”


El rey Akbar dijo: “Querido Birbal, por favor, ayuda a este hombre. Recupera su dinero y sus joyas por él.”.

Birbal dijo: “Sí, mi Señor. Estimado comerciante. ¿Hay alguien de quien sospeche?”.


The Merchant said, “Oh dear Birbal, I believe that one of my servants must have done it since only they can enter my house. No one else can enter my house.”


El comerciante dijo: “Oh querido Birbal, creo que uno de mis sirvientes debió haberlo hecho, ya que solo ellos pueden entrar a mi casa. Nadie más puede entrar a mi casa.”.


Birbal went to the merchant’s house and asked the merchant to call all his servants. The servants stood in a straight line.


Birbal fue a la casa del comerciante y le pidió que llamara a todos sus sirvientes. Los sirvientes se formaron en línea recta.


Birbal said, “Among one of you is a robber. I shall give you each a magic stick. This stick belonging to all the innocent servants was not grow in length. The stick belonging to the guilty servant shall become longer by 2 inches.”


Birbal dijo: “Entre ustedes hay un ladrón. Les daré a cada uno de ustedes una varita mágica. Las varitas que pertenezcan a todos los sirvientes inocentes no crecerán de largo. La varita del siervo culpable crecerá 2 pulgadas.”.


The next day, Birbal called all the servants into the room and asked them to give their sticks. One stick was 2 inches smaller and the other sticks were of the same size.


Al día siguiente, Birbal llamó a todos los sirvientes a la sala y les pidió que entregaran sus varitas. Una de ellas estaba 2 pulgadas más pequeña, y las otras estaban del mismo tamaño.


Birbal called the servant with the shorter stick and said, “This man is the thief.”

The merchant asked, “But how did you find out that he is the thief?”


Birbal llamó al sirviente con la varita más corta y dijo: “Este hombre es el ladrón.”.

El comerciante le preguntó: “Pero, ¿cómo supo que él era el ladrón?”.


Birbal said, “It is very simple. It is only an ordinary stick. The thief believed that the stick was a magic growing stick. So he broke off 2 inches so that it would remain the same size.”


Birbal dijo: “Es muy simple. Solo era una varita ordinaria. El ladrón creía que era una varita mágica que crecería. Así que cortó 2 pulgadas para que siguiera siendo del mismo tamaño que las otras.”.


Moral: Truth always prevails.


Moraleja: La verdad siempre prevalece.


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These Spanish short stories are super cool to read for beginners and also for entertaining children. Akbar and Birbal are among the most famous Indian stories for children that can be studied on a daily basis.

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