One day Akbar and Birbal were riding through the countryside and they happened to pass by a cabbage patch.
“Cabbages are such delightful vegetables!” said Akbar. “I just love cabbage.”
“The cabbage is king of vegetables!” said Birbal.
A few weeks later they were riding past the cabbage patch again.
This time, however, the emperor made a face when he saw the vegetables. “I used to love cabbage, but now I have no taste for it.” said Akbar.
“The cabbage is a tasteless vegetable” agreed Birbal.
The emperor was astonished.
“But the last time you said it was the king of vegetables!” he said.
“I did,” admitted Birbal. “But I am your servant Your Majesty, not the cabbage’s.”