The Innocent Punishment

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The Innocent Punishment

A Hindi Story by Maitreyee Patki


This is a story about Akbar, the Emperor of India, and his loyal and witty advisor Birbal.
It was a fine morning in the palace. The royal courtroom was buzzing with conversation as Akbar’s advisors awaited the arrival of their Emperor. Soon enough Akbar arrived, but he was not in his usual pleasant mood. He seemed bothered and frustrated. The advisors quietened on seeing the Emperor’s stern face.
‘What is the problem, Your Majesty? Is something bothering you?’ asked one of the advisors.
‘Today someone dared to pull on my moustache!’ exclaimed Emperor Akbar. ‘What punishment do you think this person should be given?’