One day Akbar was simply chatting with his friends… And he had around him the very best, wisest, most creative people chosen from every part of the country. They were speaking, Akbar slapped Birbal – for no apparent reason. Now one could not slap the Emperor back, but the slap had to go somewhere.
So Birbal slapped the person who was standing right next to him.
Everybody thought, “This is strange!”
There was no reason in the first place for Akbar’s slap. Suddenly, as if some madness had seized Akbar, he had slapped poor Birbal. And the victim also reacted strangely. Rather than asking, “Why have you slapped me?” he simply slapped the man by his side! And that man, thinking perhaps this was the norm at the Court, slapped the next person. In a chain reaction, the slap went all around the Court.
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