Smart Shopper

This entry is part 37 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

One day the Hodja was shopping in the market place. He came in front of a garment stall. He spent quite a long time looking at the colourful shalwars, the kavuk sashes, the chemises and the coats. Eventually he picked up a shalwar.

After holding it in his hands for a while, he changed his mind and picked up a coat instead. He was about to leave with the coat when the vendor asked for his money.

`Hodja Effendi, where are you going? You didn’t pay for the coat!’

`I exchanged it with the shalwar.’ Nasreddin Hodja replied brazenly.

`But you hadn’t pay for the shalwar either.’

`Look Fellow,’ the Hodja was insolent, `why should I have paid for something I didn’t buy?’

Smart Shopper – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Smart Shopper

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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