Neeru always had plenty of questions. She wanted to know why the earth was round, why the sky was blue, why she had to eat vegetables, why she could not get ice cream on trees and thus the questions never ended. Her mother patiently answered her but most of the time she said, ‘Neeru, everything has a reason. God knows best, so He planned the world this way.’ […]
Rita found a purse containing money when she was returning home from school. She took the purse to her father, Praveen. He asked her, ‘Where did you find it?’ Rita answered that she had found it under the neem tree near Babu’s sweet shop. Praveen counted the money and found that it contained thousand rupees. […]
Once a bull came across a cave in the forest. He decided to make it his home and settled in it with his family. They all loved the cave and spent their days happily. […]
Karna and Raju were friends. Well, actually Raju followed Karna everywhere as he was in awe of him. Raju was short for his age and he was always looking up at boys who were tall. Karna was a tall boy and deeply proud of his height. He knew Raju looked up at him and felt rather important about it. He made Raju feel that he was doing him a favour by letting him be his friend. […]
Ronnie loved playing with his ball. He was always bouncing it or throwing it up in the air and catching it. As long as he played outdoors, it was fine. But his mother drew the line about playing indoors. She said he would end up breaking many things placed in the house including the lights and artefacts. […]
Somu was a thief. He kept a watch on houses to find out if the inhabitants were travelling and any house was going to be left locked up for a few days. And that is when he made his strike. Somu had grown very deft with his thieving skills and had managed to make a handsome amount of money with his burglaries. […]
Gautham and his friends were playing football in the playground of their neighbourhood. They did this every evening. A tea shop was nearby and a boy, Shankar worked there. While cycling back and forth delivering tea to the many shops in the neighbourhood, Shankar would stand for a while watching the boys play. […]
A woodcutter was finding it difficult to carry his heavy bundles of wood to the market. He thought that it would be a good idea to buy a donkey.
One morning, he set off to the market and bought a grey donkey. He led the donkey by a rope tied to its neck and started to walk back home. When he passed a lonely stretch, two cunning boys spotted him. They thought of a plan to rob the woodcutter’s donkey. […]
Two neighbouring villages, Rampur and Sompur, were suffering from severe drought. In both the villages, there was a well each, which was the only source of water. The village heads announced that only one family can draw water from their respective wells every day. By taking turns they hoped that they could save the well water from drying up and sustain till the monsoon season. […]
Nine year old Meena was everyone’s favourite. She was sweet and helpful but for one flaw, she was always forgetting things.
She forgot to turn off the switches when she left the room. She forgot to turn off the tap when she left the bathroom. She forgot where she had left her books and stationery and her mother had to always keep a check on her. Once when her grandfather handed over his glasses to her to keep them on his desk, she forgot where she had left them. Her grandfather had to forgo a meeting at his club that day as the glasses could not be found until the next day. Another time, she forgot about the library book she had borrowed from her friend, Radha, and poor Radha had to pay a fine. […]
‘I have only fifty rupees in my piggy bank,’ said Nisha counting the coins she had spread out before her.
‘And I have seventy-two rupees’, said Nitesh. The two siblings stared at each other, the same doubt in their minds- ‘Will the money they have be enough to buy anniversary gifts for their parents?’ […]
Three turtles lived in a lake in the forest. They were good friends but they were very different from one another.
One turtle was very wise and always seemed to know what to do in any situation. Another turtle was quick-witted and often had great ideas to help them out. The third turtle was rather laid-back and left everything to fate, saying that he believed that it is destiny that takes care of life. […]
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.’