The Alternative

‘I am a hospitable man,’ said Nasrudin to a group of cronies at the teahouse.
‘Very well, then take us all home to supper,’ said the greediest.
Nasrudin collected the whole crowd and started towards his house with them.
When he was almost there, he said:
‘I’ll go ahead and warn my wife: you just wait here.’
His wife cuffed him when he told her the news. ‘There is no food in the house – turn them away.’
‘I can’t do that, my reputation for hospitality is at stake.’
‘Very well, you go upstairs and I’ll tell them that you are out.’
After nearly an hour the guests became restless and crowded round the door, shouting, ‘Let us in, Nasrudin.’
The Mulla’s wife went out to them.
‘Nasrudin is out.’
‘But we saw him go into the house, and we have been watching the door all the time.’
She was silent.
The Mulla, watching from an upstairs window, was unable to contain himself. Leaning out he shouted: ‘I could have gone out by the back door, couldn’t I?’

The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin:
http://idriesshahfoundation.org/…/the-exploits-of-the…/ 


Una noche, caminando por una carretera desierta, el Mulá Nasrudín vio un grupo de jinetes que galopaba hacia él. Su imaginación comenzó a trabajar: se vio capturado y vendido como esclavo, o reclutado por el ejército. Nasrudín salió disparado, trepó el muro de un cementerio y se acostó en una tumba abierta. Perplejos por su extraño comportamiento, los hombres – viajeros honestos – lo siguieron. Lo encontraron tendido, tenso y tembloroso. “¿Qué haces en esa tumba? Te vimos huir.¿Podemos ayudarte?” “El hecho de que puedan hacer una pregunta no significa que haya una respuesta directa”, dijo el Mulá, que ahora se dio cuenta de lo que había sucedido. “Todo depende de vuestro punto de vista. Sin embargo, si insisten en saberlo: yo estoy aquí por ustedes, y ustedes están aquí por mí.”

Las hazañas del incomparable Mulá Nasrudín: Ya puedes leer la nueva traducción de forma gratuita en nuestro sitio, o comprar el libro en formato papel + ebook: https://idriesshahfoundation.org/…/the-exploits-of-the…



Unsuited

‘Take up this sack and carry it to my house,’ said Nasrudin to a porter in the market. ‘May I be your sacrifice, Effendi. Where is your house?’ The Mulla looked at him aghast. ‘You are a disreputable ruffian, and probably a burglar. Do you think that I could ever tell you where my house is?’

The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin:
New editions in Paperback, eBook, Audiobook, and free online version: https://idriesshahfoundation.org/books/the-exploits-of-the-incomparable-mulla-nasrudin/