The Farmer’s Wife and the Crow

A Farmer and his Wife lived in a village. The Farmer grew vegetables on his farm. His Wife sold them in the market.

One day, the Farmer’s Wife went to sell vegetables in the market. With the money earned from selling the vegetables, she bought some eggs.

Then she sat on her horse to go home and carried the basket, full of eggs, in her lap. She was very excited with the profits made during the day.

The Farmer’s Wife rode carelessly and dreamt of things she would buy with the money. Suddenly, all the eggs in the basket fell on the ground and broke.

The Farmer’s Wife was very unhappy. She blamed a Crow that sat on a tree branch, screeching loudly. She shouted, “Fool! Why did you make so much noise? I was surprised to hear your unpleasant voice and so all the eggs broke.”

The Crow replied, “Lady, you were not careful while riding, and were lost in your thoughts. You should not blame me for your fault!”

The Farmer’s Wife was ashamed of her behaviour. She realised her mistake and apologised to the Crow.

One should not blame others for their own faults.

The Trooper and his Horse

Once, a Trooper lived in a country. He worked in the King’s army and was very famous for his bravery all over the kingdom.

The Trooper had a beautiful Horse, which was one of the best in the country. The Trooper loved his Horse le a lot.

One day, when all the soldiers were dressing their h, horses, the Trooper noticed that a nail on one of the le Horse’s shoe had fallen off.

Since, the Trooper was tired, he decided to repair t, the shoe nail later. His fellow soldiers advised him to end the shoe-nail soon, or it could become dangerous.

The Trooper did not listen to them.

After some time, the soldiers heard the sound of the trumpet.

The enemy had attacked the King’s palace, and all the soldiers went to fight. The Trooper also sat on his Horse and went to fight the enemy. On the way, the Horse’s loose shoe fell off. He stumbled and the Trooper fell on the ground. He was badly hurt and could not get up. An enemy soldier killed him with a sword, immediately.

A stitch in time saves nine.

The Hodge and the Crow

A Crow built her nest in a forest. It was on a high branch of a sturdy tree. One morning, she laid five eggs in it. She sat over her newly laid eggs to hatch them.

One day, when the weather was sunny, the Crow was thinking about her soon-to-be-hatched chicks.

Suddenly, a strong wind swept across the forest.

The branch, on which the Crow was sitting, shookwildly. She got scared and thought that the wind might break the branch on which she had built her nest. So, the Crow carefully carried her nest to a lower branch. Now the Crow was happy as her eggs were safe.

By evening, the weather calmed down.

In that neighbourhood, lived a Hodge. He had been watching the Crow’s eggs for many days. He often thought about climbing the tree, but knew that the nest was too high for him.

Then, to his surprise, he saw the Crow’s nest on a low branch. When the Crow left the nest, the greedy Hodge quickly climbed the tree. He carried the eggs away and ate them. The Crow lost her babies by being too careful!

Being too careful can also be be dangerous.

The Proud Lady and the Caterpillar

A young Lady had a wonderful garden. She took great care of it. One day, she was walking in her beautiful garden and admiring the colourful flowers. She saw the trees laden with juicy fruits and clapped her hands with joy.

Suddenly, the Lady saw a Caterpillar on her dress. She was horrified.

The Lady shook him off her dress, saying angrily, “Go away, you ugly Caterpillar!    You eat all the leaves, flowers and fruits and ruin my lovely garden. I work so hard to keep my garden beautiful. You spoil it by being here.”

The Caterpillar looked at her and said calmly, “Proud Lady, I am ugly to look at now Soon, I shall turn into a beautiful Butterfly. The lovely silk of your dress has come from insects like me, so, do not insult me.”

“You will be jealous of me, when I become a Butterfly! Since, then I shall be more colourful and beautiful than you.”

The Caterpillar continued, “We are greatly puzzled by you. Your beauty is temporary. Without your clothes, you look like a Caterpillar. Only when you dress up in colourful clothes do you become a Butterfly!”

True beauty does not lie in clothes!

The Two Lizards

On a warm winter morning, two Lizards sat on a high wall of an old mill. They were enjoying the bright sunshine. One Lizard kept dreaming all the time and was unhappy. The other was older and wiser.
“How miserable is our situation!” cried the Unhappy Lizard. “No one notices us. We are small and have such dull lives. Look at the other bigger animals. They are so royal and majestic!”
The Unhappy Lizard sighed, “I wish I was born a deer. To be quick and have great, big horns! And live proudly in the royal forest.”
At that very moment, a pack of dogs ran past, chasing a deer. The deer was tired and the hungry dogs pounced on it.
The Lizards watched in horror.
The Wise Lizard said to his complaining friend, “You wanted to be in place of this poor deer!”
“You should learn from what you just saw. You are not beautifully coloured or quick on your feet. But, you are alive! Destiny is kind to you. You are small and safe from danger, unlike the bigger animals!”

Be Happy With What You Are.

Hospital Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

 

Every afternoon,  when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called   The Present.’

 

The origin of this story is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.

Do not keep this story.

Just forward it to your friends to whom you wish blessings. 

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The Paper Kite

A beautiful Paper Kite was flying high in the sky. It was brightly coloured, with long, curly tassels and a long string.

The Paper Kite was so high up, above all the trees and other kites, that it was giddy with excitement.

Admiring itself, it said loudly, “0 look at me flying so gracefully! If I were free, I could go far away.”

The Paper Kite tugged at its string, as it wanted to fly right through the clouds and above the eagles.

However, the string was strong and held it tight.

The Paper Kite impatiently tugged at its string again, and the string broke.

The Paper Kite was full of joy. It tried to fly higher but suddenly, it started falling. The Paper Kite tried with all its might to stay up, but it kept coming down. Free of its string, the Paper Kite had become too heavy and could not control itself. It drifted towards the sea and was washed away in the tide.

The Paper Kite cried, “O poor me! I wanted to fly higher and higher. Look what I got for being so proud.”

The proud and careless always suffer.

The Clever Wife

There lived a Woman whose Husband had a bad habit. The man would drink a lot every day. This caused him to lose his normal senses for most of the time.

The Woman tried many times to help him get out of this habit. But all her efforts went in vain!

Every night, someone else would have to bring him back home. One such night when he was brought home, the Woman had him carried to a grave in the neighbourhood. She thought she could teach him a good lesson by frightening him and then he would stop his bad habit.

Then she dressed herself in a dark-coloured dress. She wore a mask upon her face. She waited for him to wake up.

When the Woman saw her Husband returning to his senses, she moved towards him with a serious face. Then, she gave him some food to eat and spoke loudly, “Get up and eat, it is my job to bring food for the dead.”

The Husband was very scared. He ran home at once. From that day onwards, he gave up his bad habit.

We must leave our bad habits.

The Mice who Travelled

A Mouse, tired of living in constant fear, said to her neighbour, “I read about a place called Indies where Mice are safer. The people there believe that the soul of a Mouse has been in the body of a great person. After the Mouse dies, it will re-enter the body of another great person. That’s why Mice are treated affectionately there. Even hospitals are built for them. Let us go to this country and live happily.”

The neighbour replied, “Don’t Cats enter these hospitals? If they do, then the Mice would be dying, quickly and in great numbers.”

“Fear not,” said the first Mouse. “The Cats have their houses and hospitals far away from ours.”

The Mice then crept into a ship, which was set to sail. After a long journey, they reached Indies.

There, the Mice entered a house, expecting a warm welcome. However, the Indian Mice fought with the newly arrived Mice. Instead of being eaten up by Cats, they were killed by their own kind.

Be wise and stay away from danger.

The Dogs

One morning, a Hunter was following an animal. He tied his Dogs in pairs, so that they would hunt in an orderly way, and not pull in different directions.

Jowler and Vixen were tied together as a couple. They were both young and new to hunting. The two Dogs were good friends and always played together. They took each other’s sides in a quarrel. The other Dogs thought that they would be good partners.

However, they acted strangely when tied together. They both liked to go in opposite directions and walk in a different manner. Both of them would pull the other in different directions and soon this would end in a quarrel. Jowler, the male, treated Vixen, the female, badly.

He did not take care to lead Vixen properly or kindly.

An old Dog watching the two Dogs fight with each other, scolded them, “Silly Puppies, why are you always fighting with each other? Why don’t you ask what the other wants? Then you can both be at peace! I realized this when I was in the similar situation as you.”

Joint agreement is necessary for a good partnership.