The Mouse and the Oyster

There was once a Mouse that lived on a farm. He always had enough to eat and lots of room to run around. Life was easy.

However, the Mouse was bored.

Every day, he would sit by the fence to take a peek at the outside world. He would gaze at mole hills and imagine them to be mountains.

`I wonder what it would be like to travel the world,’ the Mouse thought. ‘I could ride the seas in big ships like an explorer!’

“It’s too risky,” warned his friend, the Pig.

“You know nothing about the world,” said the Sheep.

But the Mouse decided to explore the world. He said good-bye to his friends and home.

After many days of travelling, the Mouse reached a beach.

`What a wonderful place!’ thought the Mouse. ‘I can smell the sea!’

Then, he saw an Oyster that the tide had washed on to the beach. The Mouse had never seen an Oyster

before.

`This must be the ship that explorers travel on!’ thought the Mouse.

The Mouse put his head inside the Oyster’s shell. The Oyster, at once, closed its shell and killed the foolish Mouse.

Little knowledge can be harmful.

The Man and the Snake

Once, a Man found a Snake coiled on the ground. He became scared and was about to kill it. Just then, the Snake cried out, “If you wish to kill me, you may, but before that please listen to how ungrateful man has been!”

The Man agreed.

Soon, a Cow came by. The Snake asked the Cow what she thought of man. The Cow said, “I have denied milk to my little

calves and given man milk for years. In return, I do not get even a ‘Thank you’.”

The Man said, “We are fools to listen to this old, silly Cow, let’s ask the Ox.” The Ox said, “I have worked hard on the fields most of my life, but all I got from my master in return is only beating!”

Next, they asked a Tree. The Tree said, “I gave fruits, flowers and shelter to man. But, one day, my branches were chopped down by the same man for firewood.”

After Man had heard them, he thought, We have been so selfish! Snake, you are free to go. I am sorry for all the trouble we have caused the animals and the trees.”

Be grateful to all who help you.

The Hermit and the Bear

There was an old Hermit who lived in the forest. One day, a Bear came to him and said, “Hermit, please pull the thorn out from my paw! I am in much pain!”

The kind Hermit readily agreed and pulled out the thorn from the Bear’s paw.

The Bear was so grateful that he offered to work as servant for the Hermit.

The Hermit accepted the Bear as his companion. They stayed together in the same cell, ate together and worked together. One very hot day, the Hermit lay down on his mat to sleep. The loyal Bear sat next to the Hermit, driving away all the files from his face. But, there was one mischievous one, which sat on the Hermit’s nose. The Bear said to himself, ‘I will definitely get hold of you now’ Saying this, the Bear slapped the Hermit’s nose with the intention of killing the fly. But, by mistake, he bruised the Hermit’s face, too.

The Hermit woke up, terrified. Then, he drove the Bear away in anger.

A foolish friend can cause more harm than an enemy.

The Hawk and the Nightingale

A hungry Hawk had spent his entire day searching for food but had found nothing. In the evening, just before he was about to go home, he saw a Nightingale sitting on the branch of a tree.

He thought, ‘Finally, I will not have to go to sleep hungry.’

The Hawk flew down to the tree and caught the Nightingale tightly in his claws and flew to a rock. The Nightingale was terrified in the Hawk’s clutches. She said to the Hawk, “Great Hawk, I sing very sweetly. I will sing beautiful songs for you. Kindly spare my life.” The Hawk replied, “Oh no! No music can sound pleasing on an empty stomach!”

The Nightingale said again, “Oh Mighty Hawk, please do not kill me. I am such a tiny bird. I will not be able to satisfy your hunger.”

The Hawk smiled wickedly and said, “It is better to have something in my stomach then not have anything at all. Besides, a little bird I have is more important to me than a bigger one I have not caught.”

Saying this, the Hawk swallowed the Nightingale in one gulp!

It is useless to plead before the cruel enemy!

The Gnat and the Bee

One cold morning, a Gnat flew all over in search of food. The Gnat had spent the entire spring singing and dancing in the fields. He had not collected any food for the cold winter season.

The Gnat was cold and starving. Flying, he came to a beehive. He met the Queen Bee and said to her, “Oh kind Bee, I haven’t had anything to eat, since morning I do not even have a warm place to rest. Please be kind enough to give me some honey and a place to rest.”

The Bee politely refused to help the Gnat.

The Gnat spoke again, “I will teach your children music in exchange of food and shelter. Please take pity on me and help me.” The Bee said to the Gnat, politely, “I am sorry for your sad state, Gnat, but I prefer to teach my children honey collection. You would teach them music but it will not fill their stomachs. I do not want my children to suffer, like you, in the cold winter weather.”

The Gnat was ashamed of his carelessness and flew away from the bee-hive.

It is important to be useful rather than just skilful!

The Fox in the Well

On a rainy day, an unlucky Fox slipped into a well. The Fox was able to keep his head above the water, with much difficulty. He placed his claws on the wall of the well for support but kept slipping back again and again.

A Wolf was passing by the well. He heard some noise coming from inside and peeped in.

The Wolf was a good friend of the Fox and was shocked to see him fallen in the well.

Seeing the Fox in the unfortunate situation, the Wolf asked him, “Dear brother, how come you are down in the well? You must be feeling so cold? How did you fall in there and how long has it been? I am so unhappy to see you down there. Please do tell me all about this!”

The Fox interrupted the Wolf and said, “My kind brother, if you could throw in a rope, it will be of more help than your questions. Once I have my feet on the ground, I’ll tell all about the incident.”

In crisis, actions are more helpful than questions!

The Fox and the Ass

One morning, a Fox was crossing a farmyard. The Farmer had laid a trap for the Fox in which he got caught.

An Ass was watching the Fox struggling to free himself from the trap. The Ass knew that since the Fox was trapped, it was safe for him to take a closer look.

When the Fox saw the Ass, he addressed him in the most polite manner saying, “Dear cousin, how have you been? See, what an unfortunate situation I am trapped in, all because of you.”

The Ass did not understand why!

The Fox continued, “You see brother, I was quietly going to my house but I heard you bray, loudly. I thought you might be in trouble and turned around to see if I could be of help. But, I got trapped myself. Now, you must help me out of it. Please fetch me a pointed stick from the farm to open the trap.” The Ass heard the Fox and ran to tell the Farmer about it. The Farmer immediately took a sturdy stick to teach the Fox a lesson against all future mischief!

Never trust cunning people.

The Eclipse

One day, the Moon was under the eclipse of the Sun. There was darkness all over the Moon and she was not able to glow in the light of the Sun. Many hours passed but the darkness stayed.

The Moon did not like being dark, therefore, she complained to the Sun, “My dearest friend, what has stopped you from shining upon me like always? Did I do something wrong? I am so dark and gloomy without your sunlight.”

The Sun replied, “I have not stopped shining upon you, dear friend, I am sure there is some other problem.” The Moon and the Sun could not understand the reason behind this mysterious problem. Suddenly, the Moon saw Planet Earth standing in between him and the Sun.

Angrily, the Moon said to the Sun, “It is Planet Earth standing between us. He has blocked all the light that comes to me from you.”

Planet Earth saw the Moon angry and gave him a naughty smile. Instead of moving out of the way quickly, Planet Earth further slowed down its pace.

The Moon became angrier while the Sun and Earth laughed, loudly!

We must all follow the rules of Nature.

The Cormorant and the Fish

An old Cormorant lived by a pond. His eyes had become weak and he could not spot his prey easily. The Cormorant started scheming to meet his daily need of food.

One day, he saw a Fish swimming on the surface of the pond. The Cormorant called out to him and said, “Dear friend, the fishermen are going to come here in a week’s time to catch all the fish. You must immediately warn your brothers.”

The Fish quickly swam to its brothers and told them the news. All the Fish of the pond got worried. They went to the Cormorant and asked him for help.

The Cormorant told them that he had found a shallow pond near his house. Since no fisherman knew about the pond, all the Fish could stay there. The Cormorant offered to take the Fish to the new pond one at a time.

All the Fish agreed, happily.

The cunning Cormorant carried the Fish to the shallow pool of water where he could easily see till the bottom of the pool. There, he caught them, every day, to satisfy his hunger.

Do not agree to an enemy’s plan without knowing the truth.

The Blind Man and the Lame Man

Once, a Blind Man was walking along a rough road. He found it very difficult to walk alone as he could not see the bumps and the puddles on the road.

Just then, someone touched the Blind Man’s arm. It was a Lame Man.

The Blind Man introduced himself to the Lame Man and said, “Dear friend, I am facing difficulty walking on the road alone. Will you please guide me and help me complete my journey?”

The Lame Man replied sadly, “I would have readily helped you, my friend, but I am lame and cannot move

even an inch without help. How will I guide you?”

The Lame Man then thought for a moment and said to the Blind Man, “You seem to be strong and healthy. If you carry me on your shoulders, we can both complete our journey. I will guide you as I can see and you can carry me as you have strong legs.”

The Blind Man readily agreed to the solution offered by the Lame Man.

Both men helped each other and completed their journey, safely and with pleasure.

We all can achieve our goals by helping one another in times of need.