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posted by Sifat - January 28 2011 01:38:52 AM
Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler, and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find out the answer?

A farmer and his neighbour once went to Emperor Akbar's court with a complaint.
"Your Majesty, I bought a well from him," said the farmer pointing to his neighbour, "and now he wants me to pay for the water."
"That's right, your Majesty," said the neighbour. "I sold him the well but not the water!"
The Emperor asked Birbal to settle the dispute.

How did Birbal solve the dispute? Now think that u are Birbal. U may question any of the two persons. But how will u dispute the matter in a clever way so that the neighbour becomes overwitted and gives up his claim?

As this is somewhat confused, just try once and i am here to tell u the right answer.
Reply by Caprico - January 29 2011 05:17:46 AM
I'll be truthful, I have read these stories many times, being an Indian. SO I know the answer.

"Didn't you say that you sold your well to this farmer?" Birbal asked the neighbor. "So, the well belongs to him now, but you have kept your water in his well. Is that right? Well, in that case you will have to pay him a rent or take your water out at once."
The neighbor realized that he was outwitted. He quickly apologized and gave up his claim.

As quoted directly from the story. (Yeah, I had the book lying around, so just looked around and found it. Hope you don't mind)

Reply by Sifat - January 29 2011 10:22:50 AM
Why will i mind. I am happy that u are being honest. And ya, i also read the story.

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