54. How many steps

Question for Question One day Akbar asked Birbal, “Birbal, can you tell me how many bangles are on your wife’s hand?” Birbal said, “No, Huzoor, I cannot.” “You cannot? Although everyday you see her hand, still you cannot tell how many bangles are on her hand? How is that?” said Akbar. Birbal said, “Let’s go to the garden, Your Majesty. And I will tell you “How is that”.” And they both went to the garden. They both went down a small staircase which led to the garden. After reaching in the garden Birbal asked, “You daily climb up and down this small staircase, could you tell how many steps it has?” Akbar smiled and then changed the subject.

Groom on the horse. Indian marriage

Taken at Rani Kothi

A question of status – IFW – ifw-net.com

There is a certain irony connected to the potential acquisition of TNT by UPS. DHL may want challenge the status of TNT Airways as a European carrier, should the deal go ahead, mirroring the problems it faced when it tried to penetrate the US market in the early 2000s.

The possible acquisition of TNT by UPS has thrown up what could evolve into a highly ironic situation. TNT has a wholly owned airline, TNT Airways, which is based at its European hub in Liege and which exists to provide TNT Express with an air freight network connecting all its locations throughout the world.

However, a change of ownership could have serious implications for the airline. TNT Airways is incorporated in Belgium and qualifies as a Belgian and EU carrier. This brings a number of privileges that include the company’s use of Liege Airport, routings and reciprocal landing rights and trade arrangements.

As TNT itself sets out in its IPO prospectus published in 2011, changes in the company’s shareholder base such that the majority of the ordinary shares are held by non-EU shareholders may result in TNT Airways no longer being able to benefit from its privileges.

The airline may not be able to use certain airports, including its base at Liege. TNT admits that this could affect its revenues and profitability.

The situation calls to mind a very similar problem faced by DHL in the US. Due to airline ownership legislation, it was forced to sell a controlling stake in DHL Airways to a US corporation in 2003.

UPS and FedEx both challenged the ownership status, saying that as the majority of work undertaken by the airline was for its largest customer, DHL, it was, de facto, owned by a foreign enterprise. This argument was eventually thrown out by the US judicial system and the Department of Transportation.

Should the acquisition of TNT by UPS go ahead, TNT Airways may well be spun-off to conform with EU legislation. However, there may be a case that the same issue exists over “control” and “ownership”. If DHL’s management have long memories, they may well wish to test this issue in court.

Will This Deal Revolutionize an Industry? (UPS)

53. Protecting footmark

Once king Akbar had a great quarrel with Birbal so he left the place and went some 30-40 miles away in a village. There he started living hiding his identity. Now Birbal’s position (Deevaan or Minister) could not be kept empty so the king appointed his brother-in-law (wife’ brother) in Birbal’s place. Although Akbar didn’t like this but he had to do this to please his wife. Very soon the city got undisciplined and complaints started coming to the king. This was the time to test his brother-in-law’s intelligence. So he went out to a Peer’s Mazaar (the tomb of a saint). While returning from there he saw a footmark of an elephant. He asked his brother-in-law to protect that mark for three days. Baadshaah (king) went to his palace and his brother-in-law starting vigilance around it. The first day passed, the new Deevaan could not get any food; the second day also passed without any food. The third day he got very weak, but somehow survived. The fourth day he went to the king and told everything to him. Baadshaah thought “I have to call Birbal back, I can’t do with this Deevaan.” So he found a way to get him back. He announced that there is some quarrel over a government well so all Zameendaar (owner) of nearby villages should come to him with their wells, otherwise they will have to pay fine of 10,000 Rupees (Indian currency). This order was heard in that village also min which Birbal lived. Its Zameendaar abused the king that “That this king has gone mad. Has anybody ever heard moving wells to other places? But if I did not go then I will have to pay 10,000 Rupees fine which is a lot of money.” When Birbal heard this, he knew that it was a trick to find Birbal. He thought that now is the time to reveal his identity and keep king’s words. So he explained something to the Zameendaar and next day the Zameendaar along with Birbal and some of his servants arrived in Delhi. They did not enter the city, they stayed outside the city and sent a messenger to king – “Huzoor, According to your orders we are here with our wells, now you sent your wells to welcome them.” When Akbar heard this, he understood that Birbal was there. He asked the Zameendaar – “Who told this to tell me? Tell me the truth.” The Zameendaar said – “Some time ago, a stranger came to stay in our village, he has asked us to tell you this.” When asked about his form, it matched Birbal’s. Then he sent his people to welcome Birbal and he was brought into the city with a great pomp and show. Birbal was again appointed on his old position. This time the king asked Birbal to protect that footmark of elephant. Birbal said “Done”. He fixed an iron bar near the footmark and tied a 50-yard rope to it and told the villagers that whoever’s house will fall inside the circumference of that rope his house will be demolished to protect that footmark.” People requested him not to do so and gave him Rupees as bribery not to demolish their house. Thus he collected approximately 100,000 (1 Lakh) Rupees. He deposited that money in the royal treasury and told the king that the work is done and 100,000 Rupees have been deposited in his treasury. The king called his brother-in-law and said to him – “You were hungry for three days and gained nothing while protecting the footmark, but see, Birbal has earned 100,00 Rupees in one day only. That is why you can never be my Deevaan.” The brother-in-law went away from there hanging his head down.

52. Pickled clue

Pickled Clue One day a man gave a jar to his neighbor to keep until he comes back from the pilgrimage. The jar had his life’s earnings. After keeping it safely, the man left for the pilgrimage. After six months when he returned from the pilgrimage, he went to his neighbor and asked for his jar. The neighbor brought the jar and gave it to the man. The man opened the jar and found the mango pickle, instead of his money. He said to the neighbor politely, “Sir I gave the money to you in this jar, now it contains pickle.” The neighbor said, “I don’t know anything about your money. Whatever you gave to me I kept it, and only now I am bringing it out to give it to you.” The man got very sad and went to Birbal for justice. Birbal asked the neighbor, “Where is the money which was kept in this jar.” The neighbor said, “I have already told that I do not know anything about the money kept in this jar. I didn’t open it before, and I didn’t open it now. I just took it and kept it as it was, and took it out as it was.” Then Birbal called some women from the Royal kitchen, and asked them, “How old this pickle is?” They said it is definitely not six months old. It is very new, maybe a month old only.” Now the neighbor got caught. He returned all the money he took out from the jar.

51. Neither here nor there

Neither Here, Nor There Akbar always used to admire Birbal. Because of that many other courtiers used to be envy with him so they always thought some or the other way to let him down. Once one of them said to king – “Huzoor, You always give work to Birbal, we can also do the same what Birbal can do, just give us a try.” King said – “OK, Let me give you some work.” He called one of them and said – “I give you three Rupees (Indian currency). You go and buy three things from them of one Rupee each. The first thing should be of “here”, the second thing should be of “there”, and the third thing should be of “neither her, nor there”. That courtier immediately went to market and asked those things from the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper laughed loudly – “Where in the world you can get these things? You can’t.” Tired of searching those thing the courtier came back empty-handed and reported to king – “These things cannot be got anywhere at any price. So if Birbal can bring them then we will consider him great.” Akbar called Birbal and asked him to bring the same things. Birbal said – “They will be here tomorrow.” Next day as Birbal came in the court, Akbar reminded him his things. Birbal said – “Yes Jehaanpanaah, The first Rupee I gave to one beggar. That reached God from there (the other world). The second Rupee I spent to buy some sweets, that was used here; and third Rupee I spent in playing dice, this Rupee is neither used here nor there (the other world). All courtiers were very surprised to hear Birbal’s logic. Akbar gave him a big prize.

“I was born intelligent, Facebook ruined me”. A labourer at marriage function

Taken at Ranikothi

"I was born intelligent, Facebook ruined me". A labourer at marriage function

Taken at Ranikothi

51. What came first- chicken or egg?

Just One Question Once a scholar came to Akbar’s Court and challenged Birbal to answer his question. He wanted to test Birbal’s wits, whether he was really like that as he heard about him. Birbal accepted the challenge. Then the scholar asked Birbal, “Whether you would like to answer one hundred easy questions or one difficult question. Akbar and Birbal had a very long day, they were in a hurry to go home, so Birbal agreed on one difficult question. The scholar asked, “Who came first? Chicken or egg?” Birbal answered the question without giving any second thought, “The chicken”. The scholar was astonished to hear that, “How do you know?” “We agreed up on only one question, so no second question.” Birbal said. And Akbar and Birbal left the Court without looking back at him.

Painting of semi precious gems seen in a museum in Singapore.

50. Cabbage and the King

I am Your Servant, Huzoor 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.”

49. Hunter and dowry

Hunting and the Dowry Akbar had a passion for hunting. One day Akbar was on his hunting trip, that he heard two owls quarreling very fiercely. Akbar asked Birbal, “Birbal, what are these owls saying? Why are they quarreling so loudly?” Birbal said, “Both of them are settling the dowry amount, Huzoor. The first one who is groom’s father, is saying that he wants to take 40 jungles in the dowry, with no animals at all. The other owl, who is bride’s father is saying that he can arrange only 20 jungles at the moment.” In the mean time one owl hooted once more very loudly. Akbar asked Birbal, “Now what is he saying?” Birbal said, “Now he is saying that if you wait for six months more, I can give you 40 jungles without animals.” Akbar understood what Birbal wanted to say. He gave up hunting altogether.

From Menara tower. Must buy perfumes here

From Menara tower. Must buy perfumes here

Sentisa island in rain from rope way

Sentisa island in rain from rope way


Taken at The New Istana Negara


Taken at Muzium Negara Malaysia


Taken at Petronas twin tower


Taken at Tugu Negara Malaysia


Taken at The New Istana Negara


Taken at The New Istana Negara

Istana Negara King Malaysia

Taken at Lobby Lounge @Grand Seasons Hotel


Taken at Lobby Lounge @Grand Seasons Hotel


Taken at grand season avenue hotel

48. How many crows

How Many Crows in the Kingdom? One day Akbar was strolling in his palace gardens with his dear minister Birbal. Many crows were flying around. The King enjoyed their flying. Just then he thought, that how many crows could be in his kingdom and immediately posed this question to Birbal. Birbal thought a moment, then said, “They are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three (95, 463) crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.” “How do you know that for sure?” the King asked. “You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said. The king again said, “If there will be less than that, then?” Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighboring kingdoms.” “Or if there were more than that, then?” “Then it means that other crows are visiting your kingdom, Huzoor.” Akbar was very pleased with this answer of his question.


Taken at Happy Valley @ Theme park hotel


Taken at Happy Valley @ Theme park hotel

Clouds settled here for the night

Taken at Garden In Front Hotel Theme Park

My space above clouds

Taken at Happy Valley @ Theme park hotel

47. Heavy burden

Heavy Burden Once a woman came to Birbal for his help. She said that the King wanted to construct some building on the land where her house was. She did not want to leave that place because that place belonged to her ancestors. Birbal said he would try his best. Construction began. Now, one day, Birbal came to that site with King Akbar for inspection. He saw many gunny bags lying near the pile of mud. Birbal started filling the gunny bags with that mud. “Why are you doing this, Birbal?” asked the King. Birbal replied, “To earn merit for my next life.” Amused by this statement, Akbar also joined him. After Birbal had filled some bags, he requested Akbar to lift one of the gunny bags filled with mud. “Oh, it is very heavy.” Akbar said lifting one bag. Birbal said, “Think Huzoor, when only one bag is so heavy, how much mud will weigh in this piece of land. Will it not weigh heavily on your conscience?” Akbar realized his mistake and ordered to stop construction on that site.

46. Akbar and Arrow

Hasty Judgement Once the Emperor Akbar was riding near a mango grove. An arrow whizzed past him. His soldiers rushed to the grove and caught the person who did this. He was a young boy. On asking why did he want to kill the Emperor, he said that he did not want to kill the Emperor, he just wanted to knock down a mango from a high branch. The Emperor was too angry to listen to him. He ordered to put him to death in the same way as the boy wanted to kill him. A soldier tied the boy with a tree stump and steadied his arrow to kill him. Birbal, who was watching all this process quietly so far, now shouted, “This is not fair. If you want to shoot him in the same way as he tried to shoot the Emperor, then you will have to aim for a mango. And then the arrow has to miss the mango and strike the boy.” Akbar had calmed down by now. Thinking that it was unfair to the boy, he ordered his soldiers to release the boy. Thus Birbal saved that innocent boy.

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45. Gold coin or Justice ?

Gold Coin or Justice One day Emperor Akbar asked Birbal what he would choose if he were given a choice between justice and a gold coin. “I would prefer to take gold coin,” said Birbal . Akbar was surprised by Birbal ‘s answer and asked him, “Birbal, you would prefer a gold coin to justice?” “Yes,” said Birbal . “Oh! Birbal I didn’t expect this from you,” said the Emperor. Still Birbal said, “I will choose “Gold Coin!” “I don’t believe it Birbal you know that I am a justice lover king and you are my right hand you are saying you will took Gold Coin?. . . it’s shocking.” Birbal replied quietly. “One asks for what one does not have, Huzoor. But I have seen that in our kingdom justice is available to everybody so as far as justice is concerned I am sure I will get it any time but I’m always short of money so I said I would choose the gold coin.” The emperor was so pleased with Birbal ‘s argument that he gave him bunch of gold coins.

Purity of mind.

We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Zen thought.

44. 4 Fools

Four Fools Once Akbar asked Birbal to bring four fools of the first order to him. He said – “It is not difficult because this world is full of fools. Birbal said – “OK” and asked some time to find them, which Akbar readily gave to him. Now Birbal started looking for fools. He was going somewhere that he saw a man carrying a large plate on which were kept some clothes, betel leaves and sweets. He looked like a fool to Birbal, so he asked him – “Where are you going to? And to whom you are carrying this?” The man replied – “My wife has remarried. Now they have a child so I am taking this gift for them.” Birbal got convinced that he was a fool, so he considered him a candidate to take to the king. At another time he saw a man riding a buffalo carrying a bundle of grass on his head. Birbal thought he was also a fool, so he asked him – “Why are you carrying this bundle on your head?” The man replied – “In fact my buffalo is pregnant, so I thought that she should not carry too much load, that is why I have put this bundle on my own head instead of putting it on it.” Birbal considered him also a candidate to take to the king. So next morning he took those people to Akbar’s court and presented them to him as the biggest fools. “But these are only two fools; where are the other two? I asked you to bring four fools.” King asked. Birbal folded his hands and bending a little said – “Jehaanpanaah, The third fool are you who asked me to bring the fools; and the fourth fool is me who has brought these fools for you.” When the king heard about them, he laughed a lot on their foolishness.

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43. Alvarez and flowers

Flowers for Akbar One day Akbar was taking a walk in his Royal gardens with several courtiers. Many flowers were flowering at that time of season. A poet pointed out towards a beautiful flower and said, “Look Jahaanpanaah, how beautiful flower that is? No man can produce such a beautiful thing as this.” Birbal was also there. He said, “I don’t agree with this, sometimes man can make more beautiful things than this.” Akbar said, “Oh no Birbal, you are talking nonsense. This flower is really very beautiful.” After a few days, Birbal presented Akbar a very skilled craftsman from Agra. He presented a beautiful carved marble bouquet of flowers. The Emperor was very happy to see it, and gave him one thousand gold coins. Just then a boy came and presented the Emperor a beautiful bouquet of real flowers. The Emperor was very happy to see it too, so he gave a silver coin to the boy. Birbal said, “So the carving was more beautiful than the real thing.” Akbar understood that he had fallen in the hands of his witty minister once again.

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Indians Donate Millions to U.S. Universities, Forget India

Bangalore: Top Indian industrialists are funding alumni base of Harvard University, reveals a recent survey by the U.S. News Short List. Meanwhile, the Indian universities are suffering from lack of contemporary IT infrastructure, absence of best practices and low student gross enrollment ratios (GER).  Yet, the top industrialists choose to invest westward instead of directing their funds on Indian universities.

As per the news survey conducted annually among 1,800 schools and reports of two-year alumni, Princeton University was rated on the top, making it the most loved university for donations. It is also to be noted that unlike Indian universities, which are largely funded by tuition fees, western universities are mostly funded by donation. For example, only about 20 percent of Harvard expenditures are met by tuition fee collections while nearly 50 percent comes from donation. A significant amount of the donation comes from its alumni base.

A number of studies that are conducted to study alumni donation patterns reveal some relevant questions being asked like the age of the donor, what affiliation the donor has and what is the motivation of the giver. A few studies seem to suggest that some alumni donate with the hope that their children would get an easy passage into the same Ivy League institutions. Even when Anand Mahindra joined the ranks by giving the highest donation to any humanities discipline at Harvard, questions were raised whether the donation was timed with his two sons seeking college admissions.

42. Fear is the key

Fear is the Key One day King Akbar said to Birbal, “Birbal, my people are very obedient to me. They love me very much.” Birbal smiled and replied, “This is true, but they fear you too, Jahaanpanaah.” Akbar could not agree on this, so it was decided that Birbal’s statement should be tested. Next day, according to Birbal’s instructions, the King announced that he would be going for hunting, and people should pour a pot of milk in a tub kept in the courtyard. Next day when Akbar returned from hunting, he found that there was no milk in the tub, instead there was only water. Akbar got very disappointed, but couldn’t do anything. Then Birbal said, “This time you will announce that you will come back and see the tub yourself.” King did as Birbal said. Once again the tub was kept in the courtyard. This time when King returned from the hunting, he found the tub overflowing with milk. Bitbal said, “I told you. It is your fear which made people obey you. The first time there was no one to check the tub, so people poured the water, but the second time, they knew that you would check yourself, that is why they brought the milk.”

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