I am your servant..

Once Akbar and Birbal passed through some farms while riding on their horses. They happened to pass through a cabbage patch. Looking at the patch, Akbar said to Birbal,

“What a delightful vegetable the cabbage is. I like it very much.”

Birbal said, “Huzoor, cabbage is the king of the vegetables” Akbar did not reply to this, and they went on.

Another day, they were riding past the same cabbage patches again. This time Akbar made a face, and said, “This cabbage is such a tasteless vegetable. How people tolerate it.”

Birbal replied, “Yes Huzoor, really it is difficult to even look at such a tasteless vegetable.”

Akbar again listened to this and they went on.

After a while the king remembered something. He said to Birbal, “Birbal, I don’t understand you. Last time when we passed through this patch, you told that the cabbage was the king of vegetable, and today you said that “It is even difficult to look at such a tasteless vegetable. What do you mean by that?”

Birbal said bowing, “Huzoor, I am your servant, not of cabbage”

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