One fine day, Akbar, accompanied with his two sons and his courtier- Birbal went to a river to take bath. They told Birbal to hold their clothes when they would take bath; they took off their clothes and stepped into the river.
Birbal stood at the bank of the river, carrying their clothes on his shoulder and waiting for them. On seeing him standing like this, Akbar got an idea to tease him and remarked, ‘Birbal, you look like a washer-mans’ donkey, standing with a load of clothes.’
Birbal immediately retorted that he was not carrying a load of one donkey but of three.
Akbar became speechless.