Emperor Akbar gives a peculiar command to his ministers while on a journey. He wants the long road to be shortened but none of the ministers can help him. As always, it is the wise Birbal’s turn to make his Emperor happy. In the second story, the old sweeper in Akbar’s court is sentenced to death for bringing bad luck and only Birbal can save him.
Retold by Sajid A Latheef, The Emperor’s Journey & the Bad Omen was published by Mango-an imprint of D C Books.