The Moon and her Mother

One night, the Moon was shining quietly in the sky. From high above, she suddenly started noticing that the people on Earth looked very colourful and different from each other. She realised that this was because they all wore beautiful clothes!

She thought, ‘0, I wish I could also have a nice cloak made from the colours of the rainbow!’

As morning drew near, the Sun came up. It was time for the Moon to sleep. But, she went to her Mother and said, “Dear Mother, people look beautiful in colourful clothes. How I wish to have a colourful cloak for myself, too! Will you please make one for me?”

The Moon’s Mother smiled at her and said, “My dear child, I would love to make a cloak for you but how can I do so? Right now you have a new body but soon you will start increasing in size and finally, become bigger. Because of your changing size, you will not fit into anything I make for you.”

The Moon, sadly, agreed with her Mother. She, then, went to bed till the arrival of night.

It is always good to think about our wishes from a practical point of view.

The Lion and the Goat

ll the animals of the forest were suffering from heat on a hot summer’s day. There was no water anywhere!

A Lion and a Goat were in search of water. Both of them reached a pond at the same time to quench their thirst.

The Lion said to the Goat, “I came to the pond first, so I will drink water, first.” The Goat said the same thing and they both started to quarrel.

A flock of Vultures was flying above the pond. They were waiting for the fight to end, so that they could feast on the loser.

The Lion and the Goat fought for some time. None of them gave up. After a while, they stopped to take breath and noticed two Vultures on a rock. They heard them talking to each other,

“The Lion and the Goat will fight and die. We will then

eat them.”

The Goat said to the Lion, “Let us not fight,

anymore, Mighty Lion! It is better to become friends and drink water, than fight and become food for the Vultures.” The Lion agreed.

In times of need, talking to enemies can get you out of the problem.

The Hen and the Cat

Once upon a time, there lived some Hens and a Cat on a poultry farm. The Hens were scared of the Cat, since, she was known to eat hens and chickens.

One day, one of the Hens fell ill. She could not move around and sat in her nest, the entire day. The Cat heard about the sick Hen and thought to herself, ‘The sick Hen will be weak. I can easily catch her and eat her for lunch.’

The Cat visited the sick Hen and said, “How are you feeling, dear friend? Is there anything I can do for you?”

The Cat continued to say, “If you need anything or any help, please let me

know, dear Hen. Keep your spirits high and do not worry about your health.”

The Hen was scared that the Cat was trying to get close to her by asking her well-being. Fearing her death, the Hen said to the Cat, “Thank you for your concern. You are the only thing I fear. If you will be kind enough to stay away from me, I will soon feel better.”

Uninvited guests are welcome to leave!

The Hedge and the Vineyard

nce, there was a rich Man who owned large wine estates. He had ayoung careless Son who never helped him with work. The Man tried various methods to make his Son work but, all were wasted.

One day, the Man died and the possession of the large estate came to his foolish young Son. The Boy had never been to the estate and did not know how to take care of it.

One day, while taking a walk in his vineyards, the Boy saw the hedges surrounding the vineyards. He looked at them and said to himself, ‘These hedges are a waste. They do not grow any grapes. Let me clear them off.’

The Boy asked his servants to clear the hedges.

The inexperienced Boy did not know that the hedges were to protect the vineyards from other men and beasts.

One night, after he cleared the hedges, the beasts ran into his vineyards and ate all the vines. Some grapes were also stolen by other people.

The next morning, the boy was shocked to see his ruined vineyards. He realised that the hedges were there to protect his vineyards!

It is important to protect what we possess.

The Hawk and the Pigeons

A flock of Pigeons had made their dovecote around a lush green field. The field had another frequent visitor, a Hawk. All the Pigeons lived in the fear of the Hawk. They always lived on the alert. Every time, there was an attack by the Hawk, all the Pigeons hid themselves in their dovecote.

The Hawk found himself in a miserable position. He was not able to kill any Pigeon for his food. Finally, he thought of using a cunning trick to trap the Pigeons.

One morning, the Hawk called out to the Pigeons from far, “You all live a life of anxiety and fear. I can keep you safe from the attack of the falcons and the kites. All you have to do is, make me your King and I will not bother you any more.”

The innocent Pigeons believed the Hawk. They discussed among themselves and made the cunning Hawk their King. But, after a few days the Hawk began his royal feast.

He demanded to eat a Pigeon a day.

“It serves us right to believe the evil Hawk,” said all the grief-stricken Pigeons whose chances were yet to come.

Some remedies are worse than the disease, itself.

The Doctor and his Patient

One day, a Patient went to a Doctor complaining of severe stomachache. The Doctor examined the Patient and told him that the cause of his illness was excessive drinking of wine.

The Doctor prescribed the Patient some medicines and asked him to take them, regularly. The Patient took his medicines on time but did not stop drinking wine. As a result, his stomachache did not go away.

Finally, one day, the Patient died.

The Patient was a powerful man. Thus, a large crowd had gathered for his funeral. The Patient’s friends and relatives were crying over his death. The Doctor had also come for the funeral. He said to the relatives, “If only our dear friend had stopped drinking wine, he would have been

alive now Though he took his medications on time, he could not leave his drinking habit.”

One of the relatives of the Patient had been listening to the Doctor. He said, “Doctor, your advice is of no

use now! You should have asked your patient to stop drinking wine while he was alive.”

If the right advice is given at a wrong time then it is of no use.

Philomel and Progne

Philomel and Progne were sisters. However, once, a man hurt Philomel, thus, she was scared of men. The two sisters were so beautiful and intelligent that one day, a jealous Witch turned Progne into a Swallow, and Philomel into a Nightingale.

They lived apart from each other for many, many years. Progne, the Swallow, built her nest in the Church towers in a city. Philomel, the Nightingale, lived in a valley, surrounded by a forest.

One day, when Progne discovered where Philomel lived, she went to meet her.

“My darling sister, how are you? I haven’t seen you for a very long time! How long will you live this dull life?” said Progne.

Philomel said, sweetly, “Where else can I find such a beautiful life?”

“Beautiful?” replied an annoyed Progne. `You sing for animals, villagers and trees! Your melodies are wasted on them.”

“Come and live in the city. They will appreciate you and your songs. The forest scares me.”

“Alas,” said Philomel, the Nightingale. “The man hurt me deeply. I cannot forget it if I live in the city. I like to stay in the peaceful forest where I am happy.”

Respect the likes and dislikes of everyone.

The Bird Catcher and the Lark

One day, a Bird Catcher was setting traps upon a meadow. A beautiful Lark sat on a tree and watched him from a distance.

The Lark became curious and asked the Bird Catcher, “What are you doing?”

The Bird Catcher thought, if he could fool the Lark into his trap, he would be able to sell it for a good price.

He thought for a while and said, “0 Lark, I plan to build a colony for all birds and I am laying the foundation of my first house.”

After laying the trap, the Bird Catcher went to a nearby spot and hid himself in the bushes.

Meanwhile, the Lark who had believed the man, flew down to the trap.

After swallowing the bait, the Lark tried to fly away but found himself caught in the Bird Catcher’s trap.

While the Lark was struggling to get away, the Bird Catcher came and put him in a cage.

“You are a cunning fellow!” exclaimed the Lark. “If this is the kind of colony you are going to build, then you wouldn’t find many birds to settle down.”

Never trust your enemies.

The Sheep-Biter

There was a Shepherd who had a large flock of Sheep. The Shepherd also owned a Dog. He strongly believed that the Dog was very loyal. The Dog was, thus, always well fed and kindly treated.

Sadly, the Dog was not loyal! He pretended to be a faithful pet, but as soon as his master’s back was turned, the Dog would trouble the Sheep. He would occasionally even kill one Sheep and eat it. This went on secretly for a long time.

One day, Shepherd saw the Dog kill a Sheep. He was very angry for the Dog had cheated him so badly! He decided to hang the Dog without mercy.

When the rope was put around his neck, the Dog begged cith for mercy. He pleaded that his master should hang the Wolf, who killed ten times more Sheep than the Dog himself. But the Shepherd replied, sternly, “That may be. But you are far more dangerous than the Wolf. Not only have you killed my Sheep, you made a greater mistake by breaking my trust. Nothing will save you from your punishment.”

An enemy in disguise of a friend, is the greates villain.

The Old Trout, the Young Trout and the Gudgeon

In the month of May, a Fisherman stood by the banks of a river. He carried a fishing rod and an artificial fly as his bait. He was very experienced and he threw his bait with so much art that a Young Trout rushed towards it.

She was just nearing it, when her mother prevented her. The Old Trout spoke, “No, My Child! Never rush to a place where there is a possibility of danger. Take time to think of your actions. How do you know that it is actually a fly? It could be a trap set by an enemy! Let someone else check first. If it is really a fly, it will escape the first attack. Then, the next attack will have to be made more carefully, till we have won over the fly.”

No sooner had the mother uttered these words, than a Gudgeon attacked the artificial fly. The Gudgeon was, at once, caught. However, it served as an example to the Young Trout of the importance of her mother’s words.

Experience comes with age and should always be valued.