Birbal the Genius - Paperback Comic Book

Birbal the Genius - Paperback Comic Book

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Birbal’s sharp intellect saw him rise to a prominent position as a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. His wit and wisdom endeared him not only to Akbar, but also to a vast majority of the subjects of the Mughal Empire. He had the rare distinction of achieving immense popularity during his lifetime, next only to that of Akbar. He was a fair administrator, a brave soldier and, perhaps what pleased Akbar the most, a good jester.

This Amar Chitra Katha narrates some amusing anecdotes of Birbal’s quick wit, sharp thinking and his sense of fairness and justice. It is his fine discriminatory sense that draw Akbar’s attention in the first story of this volume. Thereafter, as one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court, Birbal truly shines.

The fact that Birbal was also a good poet is little known. He wrote under the pen name ‘Brahma’ and collection of his poems is preserved in the Bharatpur Museum. Though popularly known as Birbal his real name was Maheshdas. It is believed that he belonged to a poor Brahmin family of Trivikrampur (now known as Tikawanpur), on the banks of the River Yamuna. His phenomenal success made many courtiers jealous and, if popular accounts are to be believed, they were constantly plotting against him.

According to legend, even his death, while leading a large military expedition to Afghanistan, was result of treachery. Though he was killed in battle, the expedition was successful and managed to subdue the turbulent province. Akbar was so moved when he heard of Birbal’s death that he burst forth into a couplet and lamented, “Birbal, you never hurt the helpless. You always gave them whatever you had. I am helpless now and yet you have left nothing for me.” Akbar found in Birbal a true friend and sympathizer.
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Birbal’s sharp intellect saw him rise to a prominent position as a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. His wit and wisdom endeared him not only to Akbar, but also to a vast majority of the subjects of the Mughal Empire. He had the rare distinction of achieving immense popularity during his lifetime, next only to that of Akbar. He was a fair administrator, a brave soldier and, perhaps what pleased Akbar the most, a good jester.

This Amar Chitra Katha narrates some amusing anecdotes of Birbal’s quick wit, sharp thinking and his sense of fairness and justice. It is his fine discriminatory sense that draw Akbar’s attention in the first story of this volume. Thereafter, as one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court, Birbal truly shines.

The fact that Birbal was also a good poet is little known. He wrote under the pen name ‘Brahma’ and collection of his poems is preserved in the Bharatpur Museum. Though popularly known as Birbal his real name was Maheshdas. It is believed that he belonged to a poor Brahmin family of Trivikrampur (now known as Tikawanpur), on the banks of the River Yamuna. His phenomenal success made many courtiers jealous and, if popular accounts are to be believed, they were constantly plotting against him.

According to legend, even his death, while leading a large military expedition to Afghanistan, was result of treachery. Though he was killed in battle, the expedition was successful and managed to subdue the turbulent province. Akbar was so moved when he heard of Birbal’s death that he burst forth into a couplet and lamented, “Birbal, you never hurt the helpless. You always gave them whatever you had. I am helpless now and yet you have left nothing for me.” Akbar found in Birbal a true friend and sympathizer.

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