Birbal’s Khichri (Rice)

On a cold winter day, Akbar and Birbal took a walk along the lake. A thought came to Birbal that a man would do anything for money. He expressed his feelings to Akbar. Akbar then put his finger into the lake and immediately removed it because he shivered with cold. Akbar said, “I don’t think a man would spend an entire night in the cold water of this lake for money.” Birbal replied, “I am sure I can find such a person.” Akbar then challenged Birbal into finding such a person and said that he would reward the person with a thousand gold coins.

Birbal searched far and wide until he found a poor man who was desperate enough to accept the challenge. The poor man entered the lake and Akbar had guards posted near him to make sure that he really did as promised. The next morning the guards took the poor man to Akbar. Akbar asked the poor man if he had indeed spent the night in the lake. The poor man replied that he had. Akbar then asked the poor man how he managed to spend the night in the lake.

The poor man replied that there was a street lamp nearby and he kept his attention affixed on the lamp and away from the cold. Akbar then said that there would be no reward as the poor man had survived the night in the lake by the warmth of the street lamp. The poor man went to Birbal for help.

The next day, Birbal did not go to court. The king wondering where he was, sent a messenger to his home. The messenger came back saying that Birbal would come once his Khichri(Rice) was cooked. The king waited hours but Birbal did not come. Finally, the king decided to go to Birbal’s house and see what he was up to.

He found Birbal sitting on the floor near some burning twigs and a bowl filled with Khichri(Rice) hanging five feet above the fire. The king and his attendants couldn’t help but laugh.

Akbar then said to Birbal “How can the Khichri(Rice) be cooked if it so far away from the fire?”

Birbal answered, “The same way the poor man received heat from a street lamp that was more than a furlong away.”

The King understood his mistake and gave the poor man his reward.

Moral: A small ray of hope is enough to inspire the one who is ready to work hard to turn his dream into a reality.

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'108' Thoughts on a Story

  1. I like this Akbar Birbal stories, want more.

  2. wow great!! :)


  4. Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Really Motivating – I liked it

  6. Really awsome story


  8. this is a good story & wow Birbal is very smart……….

  9. very good and interesting story

  10. This story is so nice and easy to understand for kids.
    Good ,,,,,

  11. fantastic story of akbar & birbal

  12. i like this story very much

  13. yes birbal was right but one thing is in my mind that old man was not lying yes he is getting heat from that lamp only i give an example than please friend’s you decide whether i am right or wrong whenever we see the sweets than we feel good in same whenever someone is hurting we feel pain

  14. niranjan teredesai

    October 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

    nice story ialso wrote astory

  15. Rajen Vidyasagar (James Bond)

    October 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Birbal is one of the smartest people in history. Akbar hardly thinks a lot.

  16. sai hai bosss
    greAT haI yAar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Very nice Birbal.

  18. true sprit for justification….

  19. The story is good for entertainment.

  20. HE IS GENIUS..!!

  21. massssssssssssssst


  23. honesty brings smartness

  24. this is good story I am using a story popural story this story is my tusion nu homework ma Mara so very inpotad by store my name is darshil living in lunawada village nama is untdi this is thinking story best of luck

  25. Nice story


    June 28, 2013 at 6:09 am



  28. to very big nice but not very nice ok its like a luture

  29. wise story ……..

  30. i like this story very much. nice story also wrote a story

  31. lovely story…………….

  32. lovely story…………………..

  33. nice story please add more strories of akbar and birbal

  34. Wonderful story

  35. atul patil jalgaon

    November 17, 2013 at 4:01 am

    nice and with3 greedy

  36. Awesome story

  37. good story

  38. this story is lovely………..

  39. Ohh……………

  40. Birbal is a myth. That person never existed ;)

  41. i like this story very much

  42. i like this story

  43. Very nice story

  44. wonderfull

  45. very good story..

  46. Nice story

  47. Really too good wisdom

  48. Let me know the moral of this story

  49. the man must be honest with the promise

  50. very nice story n evr1 have to conc. in his lyf as poor maan did

  51. Very nice Story

  52. very good story

  53. this is a very nice story
    this story should get an oscar award

  54. nice story it should be in cinema


  56. Amazing story…
    what a kind of intelligence birbal has…

  57. Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy interisting

  58. nice story!!!

  59. this story shows everyone has one or other intelligence but the thing is how to use it

  60. awesome story plz update new story for same

  61. very very very nice story and funny too

  62. Abdul Majid Raeen

    July 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    It,s good story


  64. Viel jesnin granz villamor

    September 11, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    what is the moral lesson ?

  65. But what’s the moral:D??

  66. Nice story!

  67. where is the moral?

  68. Nice story but where is the moral

  69. how can define birbal character in this story

  70. nice story! but where is the moral

  71. nice story!

  72. where is the moral because people may not like it

  73. Moral – ek choti se aasa ki kiran hme bade kaam krne ko inspire krti h :)

  74. very good story

  75. its nice story

  76. encourage children to read this type story rather then mobile

  77. Mr Ankit.
    If money is not everything for you so why you keeping it give someone who really in need..

  78. Good stroy

  79. How did akbar change his mind about the poor man

  80. Are these stories true?

  81. Very good moral story, everyone should read these types of stories to their kids instead of letting them read all the science fiction books.

  82. Very nice. It’s teaching very much to the younger ones. Thankyou for providing us such a good story.
    And yes, the stories are true……

  83. sowmyaasri srinivasan

    November 19, 2016 at 4:07 am

    very tasty khichri

  84. very very cool khichri

  85. Nice story

  86. Good story

  87. nice story

  88. These stories are inspirable to kids as well as to elders .So,thank u for allocating all these stories .

  89. Moral please

  90. The stories are sensible and teaching us a true lessons☝✌😃

  91. Good story

  92. Good story recommended for young children. Please change the moral of the story as it not correct. There is scope of improvement…

  93. Moral: A small ray of hope is enough to inspire the one who is ready to work hard to turn his dream into a reality.
    I would instead say “Think practically instead of being judgemental”.

  94. Moral: Keep your word, or look like a mean, petty, jerk.

  95. Worship your work,which would bring fortune in your life.

  96. Juan Raphael D’Souza

    October 24, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Good storytelling Liked it

  97. liked it birbal is smart

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