Birbal’s wit was well known throughout Akbar’s kingdom and in all neighboring kingdoms. Many scholars tried their best to defeat Birbal. But it was almost impossible to match his wit.
One day a scholar from a neighboring kingdom came to Akbar’s court and challenged Birbal in front of everyone for cleverness. Birbal accepted the challenge.
The scholar asked Birbal, “Would you prefer answering a tough question or a hundred easy questions?”
Birbal said, “I would answer one difficult question.”
The man asked, “Tell me, what came first, chicken or egg?”
“The Chicken,” Birbal replied.
“How?” the man asked.
Now Birbal replied, “You had your chance with one question, and I already answered it.”
The scholar understood his mistake and accepted defeat.
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