One day, Akbar sat on his horse and rode into a garden. He was accompanied by Birbal. There were many green trees and lush green grass in the garden. Akbar was overjoyed to see such beautiful greenery. He said to himself, “What a pleasure it would be to ride a green horse in a garden like this ! “
Akbar said, “Birbal, you must get a green horse for me within seven days. If you fail to get one, do not show me your face again.”
A green horse! There can’t be such a horse. Both Akbar and Birbal were aware of this fact. But Akbar just wanted to test Birbal’s intelligence. Birbal spent seven days moving here and there in the city under the pretext of searching for a green horse. On the eighth day, Birbal presented himself before Akbar. He said, “Your Majesty, I have found a green horse.”
Akbar was surprised. He said, “Where is the green horse ? You must show it to me right now. ” Birbal said, “Your Majesty, it is a little difficult task. The owner of the green horse has laid down two conditions.”
Akbar asked, “What are the two conditions? Birbal replied, “Your Majesty, the first condition is that you yourself will have to go to get the horse.” Agreeing to the condition, Akbar said, “Oh, that is very simple. I myself will go and get the horse. And what is the second condition?”
Birbal said, “Since the horse is of a unique color, you will have to go and get it on a special day. The owner insists that Your Majesty must get it on a day other than the seven days of the week.”
Akbar was speechless. He kept staring at Birbal’s face. Birbal smiled and said, “Your Majesty, if you wish to own a green horse, you have to accept these two conditions.” Akbar was amused. He was pleased with Birbal’s wisdom. Akbar realized that it was not easy to fool Birbal.