Wednesday, April 3, 2013


A Mulla Nasrudin Story

Whenever you visit an office to get some work done they expect a bribe or mamool or chai pani or hafta or speed money (call it what you like).

If you go to a restaurant or hotel or even to other places, wherever you go, people serving you expect a tip (which is akin to a sort of bribe for serving you).

If you want to learn the ART OF BRIBING or THE ART OF TIPPING there is no better person than the wise Mulla Nasrudin to learn from. 

Here is a Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story which exemplifies the best way to give a bribe or a tip.

Mulla Nasrudin went to a Turkish Bath. 

As he looked quite impoverished and was shabbily dressed, the attendants treated him with contempt in quite a disdainful manner, and gave him only a piece of cheap soap and an old towel.
When he left, Nasrudin gave the attendants one gold coin each.

Yes, each attendant got a tip of one gold coin each.

The attendants were perplexed.

A Tip of one gold coin each for such shoddy treatment…?

The bath attendants could not understand it.

They deeply regretted the indifferent way in which they had treated Mulla Nasrudin.

They wondered that if they had treated him better Nasrudin would have probably given them a much larger tip, maybe even a bagful of gold coins each…!
The following week, Nasrudin appeared again at the Turkish bath.

This time, of course, he was treated in great style. 

He was pampered and looked after like a King in full luxurious style.

Nasrudin was massaged, perfumed and treated with the utmost deference, and given a lavish and extravagant perfumed bath with the most expensive aromatic oils and perfumes. 

After serving Mulla Nasrudin so well, in lavish style, the attendants waited in anticipation with great expectations.

While leaving, Nasrudin handed to each attendant the smallest possible copper coin.

The attendants were stunned.

Seeing the crestfallen expression of disbelief on the faces of the attendants, Mulla Nasrudin said:

“These copper coins are your tip for the third-rate shoddy service you gave me last week. And the gold coins I gave you last week on my previous visit were the tip for today’s first-rate excellent service.” 

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