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More Tales of Birbal (Comic Book)

More Tales of Birbal (Comic Book)
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Item Code: IDL078
Author: Anant Pai
Publisher: Amar Chitra Katha
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 8184821549
Pages: 100
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.6" X 7.1"
Birbal the Genius
Birbal's sharp 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 a 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 a 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 sympathiser.

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The wit and wisdom of Birbal 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 good administrator, a brave soldier and perhaps what pleased Akbar the Most, a good jester. Barely known is the fact that he was also a good poet. He wrote under the pen-name, "Brahma" and a collection of his poems in the Bharatpur Museum.

Though popularly known as Birbal, his real name was Maheshdas. It is believe that he belonged to a poor Brahmin family of Trivikrampur, (Now know as Tikawanpur), on the River Yamuna. It was only by virtue of his sharp intellect that he rose to be a minister at Akbar's court. His phenomenal success made many courtiers jealous and, if the popular accounts are to be believed, they were ever busy plotting against him. According to the prevalent legend, even his death, while heading a large military force on an expedition to Afghanistan, was due to treachery. Though he was killed in the battle, the expedition was successful and subdued the turbulent province.

Akbar had found a true friend and sympathizer in Birbal. Of the few followers who belonged to the new Din-e-Elahi faith preached by Akbar, Birbal was the only one Hindu in its folds. This Amar Chitra Katha comprise of three volumes of the tales and escapades of Birbal, the Just, the witty and the genius.

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