This is during the regime of Akbar, the great Mughal emperor. The wit and wisdom of Birbal was spread in the entire kingdom. King Akbar was very impressed with fair judgement of Birbal and he became the king’s favourite in due course of time. Akbar started to trust Birbal so much that he would ask him all big and small things in his mind.
One day Emperor Akbar and Birbal were taking a walk in the palace gardens. It was a nice summer morning and there were plenty of doves happily playing around the pond. While watching the doves, a question came into Akbar’s head. He wondered how many doves were there in his kingdom.
Since Birbal was accompanying him, he asked Birbal this question. After a moment’s thought, Birbal replied, “There are ninety-five thousand four hundred and sixty-three doves in the Kingdom”.
Amazed by his quick response, Akbar tried to test him again, “What if there are more doves than you answered?” Without hesitating Birbal replied, “If there are more doves than my answer, then some doves are visiting from other neighboring kingdoms”. “And what if there are less doves”, Akbar asked. “Then some doves from our kingdom have gone on holidays to other places”.