# How Birbal could tell the difference between truth and untruth in three words or less?

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One morning, Akbar was pondering upon the truth and falsehood. After a few minutes of thinking, he asked his courtiers to differentiate between truth and falsehood in not more than three words.

All the courtiers were puzzled and thought what made the emperor give them such a task. "You, too Birbal? I don't expect "you" to keep silent. said Akbar.

Birbal quickly replied by saying, "Jahanpanah, I am keeping mum because I want to give other courtiers a chance to answer." "No other courtier has the answer," said Akbar. "Now, you tell me the difference between truth and untruth in three words or less", he added.

What did Birbal say?

posted Oct 14, 2015

"Four fingers" said Birbal
"Four fingers?" asked the emperor, perplexed.
"That's the difference between truth and falsehood, your Majesty," said Birbal. "That which you see with your own eyes is the truth. That which you have only heard about might not be true. More often than not, it's likely to be false."
"That is right," said Akbar. "But what did you mean by saying the difference is four fingers?'
"The distance between one's eyes and one's ears is the width of four fingers, Your Majesty," said Birbal, grinning.

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