One day, Emperor Akbar saw a woman hugging and kissing a very dark, ugly and unattractive child. Though the child was obnoxious to look at, the woman was calling him the most attractive child in the world. This surprised the Emperor and he said to Birbal, “Birbal, I wonder how could a woman shower her love on such an unattractive child.” Birbal replied politely, “Huzoor, he must have been the woman’s own child. For every mother, her own child is the most beautiful child in the world.”
Birbal could easily make out from the Emperor’s face that he was not convinced with his reply. Next day, when the royal court met, Birbal ordered a guard to find and bring the most beautiful child in the world in the court next morning.
Next day, the guard brought one unattractive and ugly child with projecting teeth and unkempt hair and presented him before the court. “This is the most beautiful child in the world, Your Majesty,” said the guard.
The Emperor asked, “How do you know that he is the most beautiful child in the world?”
“Your Majesty, I went home and shared my problem with my wife. According to her, our child is the most beautiful child in the world and hence, I brought him to the court,” the guard replied meekly.
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