Wednesday, December 10, 2014


By Author Unknown

Once upon a time a foolish brahmin came to visit Birbal with a strangerequest. He wanted to be addressed as 'pandit'. Now, the term 'pandit'refers to a man of learning. But unfortunately this poor brahmin was
uneducated. Birbal tried to explain the difference to him saying that itwas not correct to call an uneducated man a pandit and because of this veryreason it would be improper to call him so. But the silly brahmin had his
heart set on this title. So, as usual, Birbal had a brilliant idea. He saidthat as the brahmin was an uneducated man he should hurl abuses and stonesat anyone who dared to address him by the very same title he wanted. 
Then Birbal called all his servants to himself and ordered them to callthis lowly brahmin a pandit. The brahmin was very pleased. But the momentthe servants started calling out to him as 'pandit' he pretended to be very
angry and started to abuse them loudly. 

Then he picked up a few stones and hurled them in their direction. All asper clever Birbal's advice. All this shouting and screaming drew a crowd.

When people realized that this brahmin was erupting every time anyonecalled him 'pandit', they all started to tease him. Over the next couple ofdays, he would constantly hear the refrain 'pandit' wherever he went. Verysoon the whole town started referring to him as 'pandit' much to hisdelight. The foolish brahmin never realised why people were calling him inthis manner. And was extremely pleased with the result. He thanked Birbalfrom the very bottom of his foolish heart