Once upon a time, there was a king, who was very lazy. He did not like to do anything. He waited for his attendants to serve him every moment. He used to lie on his bed always. A time came when he really became inactive.
Only eating good food and it's sleeping made him fatty. So fat he became that he could not move around by himself. He felt sick, doctors were called in to treat him. Nothing could help him to become fit and fine. The king was a kind hearted and cordial person. All his subjects were sorry to learn about the fact that their king was not well.
One day the minister met a holy man (Sadhu) on the outskirts of the city. While conversing with each other, the “Sadhu” came to know the fact that the king was unwell. He told the minister that he could cure the king. Hearing this the minister’s face brightened. He arranged immediately for a meeting of the “Sadhu” and the king.
The “Sadhu” saw the depressed king for a while and then spoke nothing serious had happened and that the king would be alright. From the next day the treatment would start. He asked the king to come to his hut which was at a distance from the palace.
The king had to come on foot to the hut. The king agreed, after so many years the king came outside to walk on the road. His ministers and attendants accompanied him. By the time he reached the Sadhu’s hut, he was breathless, sweating and uncomfortable.
The “Sadhu” came out of the hot noticing everything. He offered cool water to the king. The king felt better. The Sadhu brought out an iron ball, the size of a football and gave it to the attendants asking his majesty that daily morning and evening he had to roll that ball in the palace grounds.
The king okayed to the “Sadhu” and left. After fifteen days when the “Sadhu” came to the palace to meet the king, he had lost a considerable amount of weight, was feeling much better and was active. All his sickness had disappeared. Inspite a lot of wealth, the king was not happy as he was unhealthy.
In olden days there was a farmer. He owned a wonderful hen that laid a golden egg every day. He was extremely happy.
But after some time only one egg could not satisfy his greed. It was a slow process to get only one egg after every twenty four hours.
So he said to himself, "'One egg a day. It will take long to be rich." He grew so impatient that he wanted to get all the egg at once. He made up his mind to put the hen to death and become rich in an overnight.
He killed the hen at once and cut open its belly. He began to look for the eggs but there was none to be found.
He saw that his hen was just like other hens. By his stupid act he lost even the egg he used to get every day. Thus the foolish fellow lost the hen that laid a golden egg daily.
As you sow, so shall you reap? Contentment is a great wealth.
The lion is considered the king of beasts, but the title should rightly belong to the biggest and also one of the most intelligent of all land animals – the elephant.
The life-span of an elephant is similar to that of man, sometimes reaching seventy years. Like man, elephants can live almost anywhere, from dry Savannah to dark impenetrable rain forests. Elephants, like man, can also change their environment by tearing down trees and turning wooded areas into open plains.
Elephants are believed to have descended from a pig-sized creature that evolved near the Nile some forty million years ago. They migrated to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Today, however, only the Indian and the mighty African elephant have survived.
Elephants have several unique features. Their outsized ears that are always moving spread about half a square metre each. They not only amplify sounds heard by the elephant, but also act as fans and keep away flies. The extra surface is also helpful as it helps the elephant lose body heat.
The most remarkable features of the elephant are its tusks and trunk. The tusks can grow up to three metres in length and weigh up to 100 kilograms. The tusks are used as picks for digging, swords for dueling and racks for carrying. Elephants can carry on quite comfortably after breaking a tusk but their trunk is essential. It is very flexible as it has no bones or joints. The trunk is powerful enough to uproot whole trees yet it can also delicately pick up a twig or a flower. Elephants use their trunks to smell, to tear tufts of grass to eat, and to squirt their backs with squishy mud to cool off.
Elephants possess a mysterious form of speech. They have various calls ranging from loud trumpetings when playing or greeting a friend to highpitched cries from claves in trouble. Their infrasonic calls which are inaudible to the human ear can travel up to three kilometers.
Elephants are also similar to humans in their display of compassion. Mother elephants treat their young with love and care. Elephants greet long-lost friends and relatives affectionately by rumbling and intertwining trunks. Sick elephants are brought food and water by the others of the herd.
It is a tragedy that such gentle creatures are not safe and in parks as poachers hunt them with sophisticated weapons. The reasons is ivory or ‘white gold’. As a result, the elephant population is falling at an alarming rate. Although environmentalists are calling for a halt to this unlawful trade, this slaughter will only stop when people become aware of the terrible consequences of buying ivory.
Brothers and sisters can sometimes be troublesome, especially when we want to spend time alone or with our friends. But world is a nice place because we know that despite everything they are there for us when we need them.
Devika was returning home from school. She was tired and upset. Nothing had gone right at school. She had reached school late and been reprimanded. In the surprise Mathematics test, half her answers had been wrong and she had forgotten to do her English homework. The teacher had written a note in her diary for her parents to sign.
Now, dragging her feet along the pavement, Devika wondered how her parents would react to not only her poor marks in Maths, but to the note in her diary.
Thinking about the evening ahead depressed her. She knew mummy and daddy would be upset with her. She also knew she had an enormous amount of schoolwork to do. The English homework would have to be completed, the Maths corrections done, and there was the Science project that she had been putting off for the past week to be done for the next day. Just thinking about them gave Devika a heacache.
Lost in her dreamy thoughts, Devika hardly realised she had reached home. She was about to knock when the door opened. It was her mother. “How was your day?” she asked, giving Devika a hug. Little Rohit came running to cling to her knees and hip, “Hi didi! I missed you.”
Devika’s exhaustion melted away. Of course mummy would scold her for her poor grades, but could Devika honestly say she didn’t deserve it ? She loved Devika and that was more important and she would always be there for her. Devika knew that, and it warmed her, just as she knew her little brother thought she was the smartest eleven year old in the universe. Of course, there were times when Rohit was a pest, but she would never want him to be even a little different. At this moment, Devika felt fortunate to be a part of such a loving family. The day was not really as dreadful as Devika had imagined.
One day, two cranes stood by a lake. The lake was full of big fish. It was the breeding season and a large number of fish had arrived to that part of the lake. The two cranes had seen a very big fish and they wanted to catch it. For a long time, they watched its movements.
Then, one of the cranes caught it by its head. But the fish was very heavy and she could not pull it out of the water. She needed help. The other crane helped her. She caught hold of the fish by its tail and both of them pulled it out. They decided to divide the fish among themselves. They were about to cut the fish when the first crane said, “I had caught the fish. Therefore I should get a larger part of it.” The other crane said, “No, I should get a larger part because I helped you to pull it out.” Soon, both of them started quarreling.
A jackal had been watching all this. Actually, he had also come to take the lakeside to catch a fish. His wife has expressed a desire to eat fish. The jackal had been sitting on the bank of the lake and thinking of a plan to catch a fish. When he saw the cranes quarreling among themselves over fish, he thought, “The foolish cranes are quarreling over their catch. If I go and act as their judge, I will be able to get hold of the big fish. My wife will be happy to see such a big fish.”
So, he walked up to the cranes and said, “Dear cranes, I have been watching you quarrel over a fish. Can I help you in any way?”
The cranes said, “Please help us decide who should get the larger share.” Then they explained to him how they had caught the fish together. The jackal pretended to be deep in thought. Then he said to the first crane, “You caught the fish by the head. So you should get the head.” He cut away the head of the fish and gave it to the first crane.
Then he turned to the second crane and said, “You caught the fish by its tail. Therefore you should get the tail.” He cut the tail of the fish and gave it to her.
The two cranes thought that the jackal would equally divide the body of the fish between them. However, he said, “Now I have acted as your judge. I want my fees. I am taking the body of the fish as my fees.” So saying, he picked up the fish and ran away. He reached home and gave the fish to his wife. His wife prepared a tasty fish curry and both of them enjoyed the curry together.