This entry is part 43 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

One day The Hodja was walking around in the market place. He saw a bright-coloured bird for sale for 12 gold coins. Hodja was amazed. He approached the crowd gathered around the bird and its seller.

`How can a bird be so expensive?’ he asked the people watching the bird.

`This is a special bird,’ they explained, `it can talk like a human being!’ This gave Hodja an idea. He went straight to his home, grabbed his turkey and brought him to the market place. He stood near the man selling the parrot.

`Turkey, for sale, ten gold coins!’ he yelled.

`Hodja Effendi, how can a turkey be worth ten gold coins?’ the shoppers protested.

`There is a bird there for 12 gold.’ insisted the adamant Hodja.

`But Hodja Effendi, that bird can talk like a human being.’ the people tried to reason. But Hodja was unbending.

`And this turkey can think like a human being.’ he countered.

Parrot – 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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