Friday, September 9, 2011




Vikram Karve

A Mulla Nasrudin Story

All the seven ministers of the king accused Mulla Nasrudin of talking nonsense and so Mulla Nasrudin was summoned by the king for an explanation.

'Your Honour,' Nasrudin pleaded before the King, 'Please permit me to ask just one question to your seven wise ministers…I want them to write the answer on a piece of paper and then give it to you.'

'Have paper and pens brought,' said the King.

Paper and pens were brought and distributed to the seven ministers.

Mulla Nasrudin looked at the seven ministers and said, 'O wise men, each of you please write the answer to this simple question on the paper and give it to the king: WHAT IS BREAD…?'

The seven ministers all wrote their answers and the papers were handed to the King, who read out the answers one by one:

The first wrote: 'Bread is a Food.'

The second said:  'Bread is a combination of flour and water exposed to the heat of a fire.'

The third wrote: 'Bread is a gift from God.'

The fourth: 'A punishment food…served in prisons with water…bread and water…'

The fifth: 'There are so many kinds of bread…which one do you mean…?'

The sixth: 'A Nutritious Food.'

The seventh: 'Full of calories…bread is bad for health…best not eaten.'

On hearing these answers Mulla Nasrudin submitted to the king, 'Your Majesty, how can you trust these men? Is it not laughable that they cannot make sense of something they eat every day, yet they are unanimous that I talk nonsense…!'

Dear Reader, now I am confused…please tell me your take on WHAT IS BREAD…?

And also tell me what is the moral of this story…?


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1 comment:

Uma Anandane said...

Nice One!

I have read some of Mulla's stories when young.They are witty,intresting to read and always supporting Mulla's behavior .
Moral: Mulla is intelligent