Shishu Sansaar | Birbal Stories-1
|Story No 7|
7-Birbal Caught the Thief
It so happened once that once a rich merchant's house was robbed. The merchant suspected that the thief was one of his servants. So he went to Birbal and mentioned the incident to him. Birbal went to his house and assembled all of his servants and asked that who stole the merchant's things. Everybody denied as Birbal thought.
Birbal thought for a moment, then gave a stick of equal length to all the servants of the merchant and said to them - "All the sticks are of the same length, but the stick of the real thief will be longer by two inches tomorrow. All the servants should be present here again tomorrow with their sticks."
All the servants went to their homes and gathered again at the same place the next day. Birbal asked them to show him their sticks. One of the servants had his stick shorter by two inches. Birbal said, "This is your thief, merchant."
Later the merchant asked Birbal, "How did you catch him?" Birbal said, "The thief had already cut his stick short by two inches in the night fearing that his stick will be longer by two inches by morning."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/2001
Modified on 06/25/13