Works of R. Tagore

 Major Works
  Kautilya's Arthashastra
  Vatsayana Kama Sutra

 Stories of India
  Tales of Panchatantra
  Indian Fairy Tales
  Stories of Birbal
  Stories of Tenali Rama
  Vikram Betal Stories
  Arabian Nights
  Alladin & Wonder Lamp
  Voyages of Sindbad

 Telugu Literature
  Ramayanam - Telugu
  Mahabharata - Telugu
  Telugu Novels (online)
  Telugu Stories (PDF)
  Moral Stories (PDF)
  Telugu Magazines

 Tamil Literature

Stories of Birbal

Birbal was an advisor in the court of Akbar and is very popular for his sharp intellect and sense of humour.  The stories of Birbal are very popular among kids and adults alike and forms an indespensible part in Indian folk lore.

Birbal (1528-1583) is surely one of the most popular figures in Indian history equally regarded by adults and children. Birbal's duties in Akbar's court were mostly administrative and military but he was a very close friend of Akbar too, because Akbar loved his wisdom, wit, and subtle humor. He was a minister in the administration of Mogul Emperor Akbar and one of the members of inner council of nine advisors. He was a poet and an author too. 

It is believed that he was a son of poor Braahman of Trivikrampur (now known as Tikavanpur) on the banks of River Yamuna. According to a popular legend he died on an expedition to Afghanistan at the head of a large military force due to treachery. It is also said that when Birbal died, Akbar mourned him for several months.

The exchanges between Akbar and Birbal have been recorded in many volumes. Many of these have become folk stories in Indian tradition. Birbal's collection of poetry published under the pen name "Brahm" are preserved in Bharatpur Museum, Rajsthan, India.

Shown below is a list of Birbal's Stories :


  1. Akbar's Meeting with Birbal

  2. Birbal's meeting with Akbar

  3. Question for a Question

  4. Who is the Donkey?

  5. Why is the Camel's neck crooked?

  6. Birbal's visit to Heaven

  7. Birbal caught the Thief

  8. I am your servant, Huzoor

  9. How many crows in the kingdom?

  10. Akbar's Advisor

  11. Flowers for Akbar

  12. Birbal's Sweet Reply

  13. Birbal identifies the Guest

  14. A little lesser and a little more

  15. Birbal's Beautiful Explanation

  16. Mullaa's Flattening Answer

  17. Mullaa uses his head

  18. The noblest begger

  19. Fast Horse

  20. Milk for the Mulla

  21. The loyal Gardener

  22. Half Sun, Half Shade

  23. The Donkey's Relatives

  24. Red Hot Test

  25. Four Fools

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