How can Birbal solve the dispute? A farmer and his neighbor once went to Emperor Akbar’s court with a complaint. “Your Majesty, I bought a well from him,” said the farmer pointing to his neighbor, “and now he wants me to pay for the water.” “That’s right, your Majesty,” said the neighbor. “I sold him the well but not the water!” The Emperor asked Birbal to settle the dispute.



Birbal said "Didn't you say that you sold your well to this farmer. So, the well belongs to him now, but you have kept your water in his well. Is that right? Well, in that case you will have to pay him a rent or take your water out at once." The neighbour realized that he was outwitted. He quickly apologised and gave up his claim.
Birbal asked the neighbour to pay the rent or else set the water out.