On his own …Mu

The King had allowed a pet elephant loose near Nasrudin’s village, and it was destroying crops. The people decided to go in a body to Tamerlane to protest. Nasrudin, because he had been known to amuse the King at times, was appointed leader of the delegation. So overawed were they […]

The Announcement

Nasrudin stood up in the market-place and started to address the throng. ‘O people! Do you want knowledge without difficulties, truth without falsehood, attainment without effort, progress without sacrifice?’ Very soon a large crowd gathered, everyone shouting: ‘Yes, yes!’ ‘Excellent!’ said the Mulla. ‘I only wanted to know. You may […]


A group of youths took eggs to a Turkish bath where Nasrudin was expected. When he came into the steam-room where they were sitting, they said: ‘Let us imagine that we are fowls, and see whether we can lay eggs. The one who fails shall pay the bath fee for […]

I believe you are right!

The Mulla was made a magistrate. During his first case the plaintiff argued so persuasively tha’t he exclaimed: ‘I believe that you are right!’ The clerk of the Court begged him to restrain himself, for the defendant had not been heard yet. Nasrudin was so carried away by the eloquence […]

The high cost of learning

Nasrudin decided that he could benefit by learning something new. He went to see a master musician. ‘How much do you charge to teach lute-playing’? ‘Three silver pieces for the first month; after that, one silver piece a month.’ ‘Excellenct!’ said Mulla Nasrudin. ‘I shall begin with the second month.’ […]

Maximum capacity

An ancient and valuable fragile Chinese vase had been found by the villagers. There was an argument in the teahouse as to its exact capacity. During the wrangling, Mulla Nasrudin entered. The people appealed to him for a ruling. ‘Simple’, said Nasrudin. ‘Bring the vase here, together with some sand.’ […]

Not worth keeping

Seeing something glittering in the gutter, Mulla Nasrudin ran to pick it up. It was a metal mirror. Looking at it closely, he saw his face reflected in it. ‘No wonder it was thrown away – nothing as ugly as this could possibly appeal to anyone. The fault is in […]

Let it be wheat

A neighbour asked Mulla Nasrudin to stand by him in a case of disputed possession of some grain. ‘Did you see the transaction?’ the judge asked Nasrudin. ‘Yes, I distinctly saw the sacks of barley change hands.’ ‘But this case is concerned with sacks of WHEAT, not barley!’ That is […]

The value of a desire

Nasruddin had a buffalo whose horns were very wide apart. He had often thought that if he could mount between them, it would be just like sitting on a throne. One day the animal sat down near him and he simply had to sit between the horns. He could not […]

Cause and effect

One evening Mulla Nasruddin quarrelled with his wife and shouted at her so fiercely that she fled for refuge to a neighbouring house, where he followed her. As it happened a wedding feast was in progress, and the hosts and guests did all they could to calm him down, and […]

The Reason

  The Mulla went to see a rich man. ‘Give me some money.’ ‘Why?’ ‘I want to buy … an elephant.’ ‘If you have no money, you can’t afford to keep an elephant’. ‘I came here’, said Mullah Nasrudin, ‘to get money, not advice.’

Mulla Nasruddin Goes to Tailor

Let us enjoy reading this Mulla Nasruddin Hodja’s Story of Hodja Goes to Tailor . Nasruddin Hodja went to a tailor with a piece of cloth and asked the tailor to stitch him a shirt. The tailor took his measurements. “When will it be ready?” Nasruddin asked the tailor. “God […]

Mullah Nasruddin said:

Deductive reasoning – “How old are you, Mullah?”, a boy asked. – Mullah Nasruddin responded, “3 years older than my brother”. – “How do you know that?” the boy asked. -“Reasoning!”, said Mullah Nasruddin. “Last year, I heard my brother tell someone that I was 2 years older than him. […]