This entry is part 50 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Two Persians were passing through Aksehir. Nasreddin Hodja and other villagers were chatting with them in the village coffee house. One of the Persians was talking endlessly about the splendours and prosperity of Persia.

`In our city Esfahan, The Shah has a palace that is 5000 yards in length and it has 200 rooms.’ he was going on and on. The Hodja wanted to reciprocate with his own show-off.

`Our city Bursa has even bigger palaces. And furthermore, there is a new spa built around the thermal springs, it is 6000 yards in length and ..’

`I know Bursa very well.’ the other Persian interrupted. Upon hearing this, Hodja wanted to cut his tall tale short.

`And it is 50 yards in width.’ he completed sheepishly. Hodja’s friends noticed the disparity between the proportions.

`Hodja Effendi,’ they whispered, `the width doesn’t go with the length.’

`Had this man not claimed to know Bursa well,’ hodja replied, `I was going to match the width to the length.’

Overblown – Mullah Nasruddin Stories


Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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