Akbar Birbal

taletown.org multimedia English short stories & retold tales of or about Akbar Birbal

  • Aesop And Birbal

    Portrait of Aesop by Velázquez in the Prado. Public Domain. Velázquez - Esopo (Museo del Prado, 1639-41).jpg

    Aesop was born around 620 B.C., and was a slave by birth.

    In those days, you were born a slave if you were the son of a slave, just like you are born a Hindu if you are the son of a Hindu.

  • Fetch Him At Once

    The Secret Rooms of Akbar's Palace at Fatehpur Sikri"Did you hear what Jahanpanaah just said?" he asked the guard.

    The guard nodded.

    "Then go and fetch him at once," the attendant ordered.

  • Logic Only Reduces Risk

    Palace complexShe sought the help of another guard instead. But when he learnt more of the task required, he refused too.

    Guards spoke to other guards. Attendants mentioned it to other attendants. News spread in the palace like wildfire.

  • Stories Are Coming

    taletown.org snakeA variety of new stories in the pipeline.

  • Taxing Questions

    THIS IS WHERE HE'S TAKING US"And what if the other guard also demanded as much?" asked Rosh.

    "Then I would have gone away again and returned another day," answered Josh, "and kept doing it, until I found a guard who let me in without having to pay a bribe."

  • The Birth Of Birbal

    Diwan-e-Aam"Then half he shall have," growled Akbar, "immediately!"

    At the snap of his fingers, soldiers rushed out to the gate and hastily hauled the fearful guard back with them.