GDP And Crows.

My young friend Koushik reminded me of this story by comparing India’s GDP figures to the Agra Crows. May he keep inspiring me with such ideas in future too.

Akbar was a great Mughal Emperor and Birbal was his witty minister. One day, Akbar was taking a walk in his garden with Birbal.

Many crows were flying around. As he observed the birds flying, he thought of asking Birbal a tricky question.

He asked, “How many crows are there in our kingdom, Birbal?”
Birbal thought for a moment, and then said, “There are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.”

“How do you know that for sure?” the King asked.
“You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said.

The Emperor again said, “If there are less than that, then?”
Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighbouring kingdoms.”

“And if there are more than that, then?” asked Akbar.
“Then it means that other crows have come to visit their relatives in our kingdom, Huzoor,” said the witty minister.

Akbar was very pleased with the answer that Birbal gave and gave him a suitable reward.

Moral: Even if the question is silly, you can manage the situation by thinking on your feet and giving a witty answer.

13 thoughts on “GDP And Crows.”

  1. That’s what I call fast thinking on your feet — novel example. But, ah….yes …. we must always have an answer because, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” is almost as unacceptable as a simple “I don’t know.”
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  2. Getting caught up with you. No surprises on your personality test. At all.

    Love that you have a new identity as Chutki’s grandfather, quite a promotion.

    And this story is so symptomatic of our slimy politicians here.

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