A rhinoceros who lived by the lake was very possessive of his surroundings. He shooed away any creatures who dared step into his territory, threatening them with his great horn. […]
Savitha and Gopal earned their living by ironing people’s clothes. They had a cart under a neem tree in the neighbourhood where they did the ironing. In the morning, the couple would set out of their house with their lunch bags. While Gopal heated the coal and got the iron box ready, Savitha would go the houses in the neighbourhood and collect the clothes to be ironed. They did this for almost every house in the neighbourhod. Gopal and Savitha worked hard from morning till evening.
Every evening after counting out the day’s earnings, Savitha would keep aside ten rupees in a plastic container. She kept this on a shelf above her kitchen stove. Gopal would tease her about it, ‘What can you do with ten rupees?’ […]
‘My train is old and shabby. Your brand new one is awesome, Mahesh. I wish I could get a new one too.’ Gautham and Mahesh were playing in Gautham’s house. Mahesh told him, ‘your parents will get one if your old train is broken. I got mine the same way.’ […]
Raghu made and sold baskets for a living. He was all alone in the world except for his old cow and a rabbit. Raghu was also growing old and weak and he could not make as many baskets as he once could. So his earnings had dropped and they were living poorly. […]
There was once a preacher who was instructed by God to preach in a village. The village was full of wrong doers. There were bullies, thieves and gangsters. […]
The royal elephant was the king’s pet. The king made sure that he had the best of everything; food, care and shelter. He appointed a caretaker to take care of all the needs of the elephant, ordering him to do his work diligently. […]
Once when a brahmin was passing through a forest, he saw a lion trapped in a cage. When the lion saw the brahmin, it said in a beseeching voice, ‘Please open the door and release me.’ […]
Maya had a neighbour Sharanya. Maya was a little envious of Sharanya as she owned many beautiful artefacts. And Sharanya was possessive, never lending or donating anything. […]
A muleteer was travelling to another land with his merchandise. He wanted to sell them and make money and then bring back more raw materials. He loaded the bags of goods, food and water for the journey and some firewood on the backs of two animals he owned; a mule and a donkey, and set forth on his journey. […]
Once, when a jackal ventured into a village in search of food, he accidentally fell into one of the many drums that were lined up in a washer man’s courtyard. […]
A crafty lion had chanced upon a flock of sheep during his wanderings in the forest. When he saw the big and fat sheep in the flock, his mouth watered. He thought, ‘I can stay in this place if I can get one of these fat sheep every day. I must trick these foolish sheep.’ […]
Once a scholar who was travelling to a town across the river, approached a boatman for a ride.
The boatman said, ‘I cannot take you now. The clouds are dark and it is going to rain.’ […]
The kingdom of Vijayapura fell to bad times. The once prosperous kingdom, turned into ruins. The people slowly started moving to other towns and kingdoms seeking a better life and soon the kingdom had no inhabitants. Except mice! The mice did not move away as now the few fruit trees and the lake filled with water was solely theirs to take. […]
A man, living in the desert, owned a donkey. He earned his living by letting his donkey for hire to travellers. One day a traveller hired his donkey to travel to the city. […]
Many hens lived on a farm which was situated at the bottom of a hill. There was a flat stone in a crevice at the top of the hill, where a family of eagles decided to build their nest. The mother eagle soon laid eggs in the nest.
One day a tremor occurred. This caused an eagle’s egg to roll down the hill and into the farm. The hens who saw it, decided to take care of it. Soon the egg cracked and a baby eagle was born. But the hens treated him like their own chicken. He nibbled on the scattered corn with the other chickens. He played games and ran around the farm with them. He never tried to use his wings as none of the chicks did. […]