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At the Turkish hamam Mulla Nasruddin was being worked over very roughly by his attendant. Having subjected his client to uncalled for comments about his difficulties he ended his non-stop harangue by saying he always got the miserly ones who never tipped him for his pains. Suddenly he stopped short. He rudely pointed to his woolen mittens to show the dirt he had collected. ‘What am to do with these the fellow queried.

That was your tip!’ said Mullah as he walked out. 

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Mulla one morning came across an ice-vendor who said, ’Nasruddin, here is the father of all ice. Straight from the mountain.’

‘Give me his son.’ He took a chunk in his box and said ‘hush lil baby I’m gonna eat you.’ Paying the vendor he walked off.

He went to Hamam. After a steam bath he felt thirsty. Under the shade of a tree he sat. ‘It is time I heard some baby-talk.’ He opened the box and poured the water down his throat,’gurgle, gurgle.’

With satisfaction he stood up to tell the standers-by, ‘I knew his grand father.’

They laughed indicating the mulla was a bit mad.

Then came hailstones and Mulla lifted his eyes to ask,’ Does your grandfather let you play outside at all hours?’

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One evening Mulla Nasruddin was walking alone and he was hailed by a beggar who said, ‘You walk as though you want some one to talk to.’

 

Mulla was distracted and took time to respond. The beggar somewhat irritated said, ‘You ought not give yourself high airs. If you look down you might also find people worth talking to.’

 

‘You spoke truly, friend.’ Mulla said, ‘but from experience I know it would need a little hand out also to make my words heard.’

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Old and terminally ill Mulla Nasruddin knew days were coming to an end. To his astonishment he had a visitor all the way from Hindustan. Munshi Abdel Khader spoke about Golgonda and fantastic features of Moghul India. ‘I am a scholar and I am paid from the State treasury by string of pearls,’ Mulla asked if he prayed in the direction of Mecca. The Indian visitor said with emphasis,’I pray of course to the west’ On second thoughts he added,’ but I am conscious of my surroundings.’
‘Because of pearls?’
‘No my papoosh!(felt slippers),’ the visitor said,’ I have often lost them under my feet.’
Mullah laughed and the Munshi also could not help joining in. The mulla said, ‘Oh yes we are not among angels. So we look direction and count number of bows.’
(This story is not part of the Mulla Nasruddin stories recently published.)
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One evening Mulla Nasruddin was walking alone and he was hailed by a beggar who said, ‘You look as though you want company.’
Mulla was distracted and didn’t respond. The beggar somewhat irritated called out second time. Loudly he said, ‘Look down!’ Catching Mulla’s eye he said, ‘You ought not give yourself high airs. If you look down you might also find people worth talking to.’
‘You spoke truly, friend.’ Mulla said, ‘but from experience I know it would also need a little hand out, to make my words heard.’
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Mulla Nasruddin was once woken up from sleep by his wife who said someone had stolen his best dress in the night.
Mulla had a hunch he would meet the thief later at the feast.
Mulla and his wife were at the feast and as he guessed the thief was also present waiting to greet the bridal pair. The host greeted the Mulla who said ‘I thought I will come in my second best dress.” Before the host could understand what he meant Mulla said pointing to the thief,’ My best pair has come along to pay respects”.
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