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Neither Here, Nor There

As Birbal was always admired by Akbar, many other courtiers used to be envy with him.

Once one of them said to king, "Huzoor, we can also do the same what Birbal can do"

King said, "Okay, Let me give you some work." He called one of them and said  "I will give you three Rupees. You go and buy three things from them of one Rupee each. The first thing should be of "here", the second thing should be of "there", and the third thing should be of "neither here, nor there".

That courtier went to market and asked those things from the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper laughed loudly and said "You can't get these things in the shop". So courtier came back with empty hand said to king  "Huzoor, These things cannot be got anywhere at any price.

Now Akbar called Birbal and asked him to bring the same things. Birbal said  "I will bring these things here tomorrow."

Next day as Birbal came in the court, Akbar asked him to show things. Birbal said  "Yes Huzoor, The first rupee I spent to buy some sweets, that was used here. The second rupee I gave to one beggar. That reached to God from there, and the third rupee I spent in playing dice, this Rupee is neither used here nor there.

Akbar was very pleased with his answer and gave him gold coins.

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