Once upon a time a squirrel decided that she no longer wanted to eat nuts . She felt it was too much of a chore to gather nuts , hoard them , crack them and then eat them . She also felt that nuts were just nuts , they were not as flavorful as other tasty things like ice cream , chocolates, pudding and pie . As you can see she had a very sweet tooth . She only wanted a lot of sugar . And who doesn’t , we all do . But mom won’t let us eat so much of it so there must be a very good reason for it , right ?

But anyway , this is story time , not lecture time so let’s get on with the story . So , all day long , the little squirrel hung around the branches of her tree cracking nuts with her strong teeth but secretly wishing she lived in an ice cream shop which was just across the road near her tree where she could see many children eating , slurping , licking and enjoying the colorful, cold , sweet ice creams . Some ice creams even had chocolate on them

and others had jelly beans and sprinkles. Oh how the little squirrel longed for them .

One day the squirrel was leaning so far to see a little boy eat his pink ice cream with white swirls on them that she lost her balance and fell straight into the ice cream ! Plop ! Now she was covered from head to toe in the pink ice cream . She smacked her lips and closed her eyes and thought ‘delicious’.

Now squirrels are supposed to run away from other creatures who are not squirrels but this squirrel was so enchanted with the taste of the pink ice cream that she just stayed rooted in the ice cream cone . So the little boy who was the ice cream owner’s son picked up the cone with the squirrel and took him to his father who was in the ice cream shop.

The boy’s father looked at the squirrel smacking her lips and had a good laugh . Then he picked up the squirrel , put her under a tap and washed her in the sink. Then he wrapped a piece of cloth around her to dry her and then put her in one of the ice cream cases which had holes on top of it so she could breathe .

Now all day long the ice cream shop owner would place different flavors of ice cream in the little squirrels 🐿 case . Sometimes it was mango ,sometimes peach , sometimes strawberry and sometimes he gave her a mix of many flavours, kiwi, banana, vanilla , raspberry . The little squirrel was very happy .

In the night the ice cream owner took out the squirrel and put her in a cage . In the morning he put her back in the case because a lot of children started to come to the shop to see the little squirrel enjoying the ice cream . She looked very sweet with ice cream dripping from her whiskers.

This went on for many days . Then weeks . Then months . The squirrel was getting tired of the sweet ice cream . She was also getting very fat because she was no longer running up and down the tree . Moreover, she started to feel sick . If you eat too much sugar you do get a sickness which is not nice at all . She started feeling homesick and longed for her tree and nuts . She wanted to run up and down the tree and crack the nuts . But how was she to do that ? She was no longer free but locked up in an ice cream shop.

One day the squirrel decided that she was going to escape . But how was she going to do that ? Can you guess ?

I will give you one day to go home and write in your own words what you think the squirrel would do to get back to her tree . And the best answer will get a special prize.

I will give you one day to go home and write in your own words what you think the squirrel would do to get back to her tree . And the best answer will get a special prize.

Now let me tell you what the squirrel did .

When the owner of the ice cream shop came in the morning to take out the squirrel from the cage and put her in the ice cream case he saw the squirrel lying very still with her eyes closed. She looked as if she had fainted. The ice cream owner put his finger near the squirrel’s nose to see if she was breathing and the squirrel held her breath .

The owner was very worried that the squirrel was dead. He quickly picked up the squirrel and laid her on the case while he went to call the vet who , we all know , is an animal doctor.

The squirrel knew this was her big chance to escape her prison of sweet things . She quickly jumped up and raced towards her tree. She ran as fast as her little legs could carry her and even though she had put on a lot of weight due to the ice cream she was eating every day for breakfast , lunch and dinner , she was still very swift. She quickly ran up the trunk of the tree and heaved a big sigh of relief when she reached her little nest tucked in the hollow of the tree .

The squirrel was very happy to be back on her tree . She wanted to crack her nuts and eat them as she knew that , not only were they healthy, but also made her teeth strong . No more ice cream for her which had not only made her put on weight but all that sugar had given her a nasty condition that made her feel very sick. And her teeth were not feeling so good and strong .

But never mind . She was lucky she was on that diet for a short while and did not suffer any permanent damage . She was grateful that she had a lucky escape and now , if she ever felt a craving for sugary stuff , she was going to remember the ice cream shop and the craving would go away in a trice .

Yes, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence .

सेब का बाग़ और बरगद का पेड़( The apple orchard and the Banyan tree )HINDI AVATAR OFA FOR APPLE ACORN AARDVARK

एक सेब का बाग़ था । उस में एक सेब का पेड़ हमेशा अपने लाल लाल सेबों से लदा रहता था । उस पर ढेर सारे सेब फलते थे । उस पर इतने ढेर सारे सेब फलते थे कि उसकी टहनियाँ उनके भार से झुक कर ज़मीन पर आ जातीं । बाग़ के सभी प्राणी बड़े चाव से उन सेबों का आनंद उठाते । गाय, बकरी, गिलहरी, यहाँ तक कि चिड़ियाँ और तितलियाँ भी उसके रसीले सेबों का आनंद उठाती। तितलियाँ और भँवरें एक सेब के पेड़ से उड़ कर दूसरे सेबों के पेड़ पर जा बैठते तो वह पेड़ भी फलने फूलने लगता । यही तो इन छोटे छोटे जीवों का चमत्कार है ।

एक दिन उस सेब के बाग़ में दो टाँगो वाले दो प्राणी आए, एक आदमी और एक औरत । दोनों सेब के पेड़ को देख कर मुग्ध हो गए । उन्होंने सेबों को खूब छक कर खाया । अब उनके मन में लालच आ गयी । उन्होंने सोचा कि अगर हम इन सेबों को शहर के बाज़ारों में बेचेंगे तो हमारी खूब आमदनी होगी ।बस फिर क्या था ! दोनों सेबों को तोड़ तोड़ कर लकड़ी के बक्से में भरने लगे और उनको शहर पहुँचने लगे ।

थोड़े दिन बाद वे और लोगों को लाए जो उनकी मदद करते । थोड़े ही दिनों में सेब के पेड़ सेबों से ख़ाली हो गए ।

बाग़ में एक भी सेब नहीं बचा । बाग़ में रहने वाले सभी प्राणी भूखे रह गए । उन्होंने बाग़ को छोड़ देने का निश्चय किया । सभी प्राणी , गाय, भैंस , बकरी , यहाँ तक कि तितली , भँवरें भी सपरिवार बाग़ को छोड़ कर जाने लगे । थोड़े ही दिनों में सेब का बाग़ ख़ाली हो गया ।

सेब का पेड़ अपने मित्रों के जाने से बात दुखी हो गया । उस पर सेब फलने भी बंद हो गए । बाक़ी पेड़ भी सेबों से ख़ाली हो गए ।बाग़ बिलकुल सुनसान हो गया ।

दोनो मनुष्य भी दुखी हो गए । अब उनकी आमदनी भी जो बंद हो गयी थी । वे दोनों सोच में डूब गए । अचानक उनको सूझा कि क्यूँ ना हम किसी पेड़-पौधों के डॉक्टर के पास जाते हैं । शायद वह हमें रास्ता बताए कि कैसे सेब के पेड़ पर पुनः सेब फलने लगे । फिर क्या था । उन्होंने आव देखा ना ताव , चल पड़े पेड़-पौधों के डॉक्टर से मिलने जिसे अंग्रेज़ी में होर्टिकलचरिस्ट कहते हैं । हैं ना टेढ़ा सा नाम !

वह डॉक्टर भी उतना ही टेढ़ा था । वह समझ गया कि इन मनुष्यों के लालच ने पूरे बाग़ को तबाह कर दिया । इस बाग़ को इनसे बचाना बहुत ज़रूरी है । उसने उन दोनो को सलाह दी कि तुम लोग कोई दूसरे पेड़ उगाओ जिससे तुम्हें इससे भी ज़्यादा आमदनी होगी । उसने उनको एक बरगद के पेड़ का बीज दिया और कहा इसे बो दो और इंतेज़ार करो । यह बरगद का एक पेड़ पूरा बाग़ बन जाएगा । तब तक तुम लोग सेब के बाग़ में मत जाना ।

दोनो मनुष्य उस बरगद के बीज को के कर ख़ुशी ख़ुशी घर आ गए । अब बरगद का पेड़ वहाँ तो उगता नहीं जहां सेब के फल होते हैं ।चुनांचे इन दोनों को सेब के बाग़ से बहुत दूर जाना पड़ा । वहाँ जा कर उन्होंने बरगद के बीज को बो दिया ।

और करने लगे इंतजार उसके बाग़ बनने का । बरगद के पेड़ को बड़े होने में बहुत समय लगता है और बाग़ बनने में और भी समय लगता है । उसके जड़ टहनियों से नीचे आते हैं, ज़मीन को पकड़ते हैं और इस तरह फैलते हैं ।

कई साल बीत गए । दोनों मनुष्य इंतज़ार करने लगे कि कब बरगद का बाग़ बनेगा, इस में फल लगेंगे और हम फिर अमीर हो जाएँगे । इंतज़ार करते करते दोनो बूढ़े हो गए । और तब उन्हें मालूम पड़ा कि कि बरगद के पेड़ पर कोई फल ही नहीं होता । उल्टा, वह इतना सघन और भयानक होता है कि वहाँ बहुत सारे जंगली जानवर बसते हैं । उस पेड़- पौधों के डॉक्टर ने उन्हें खूब छकाया !

यहाँ सेब का पेड़ फिर से फलने फूलने लगा ।उसे आराम जो मिल गया था । उसके बाक़ी दोस्त भी फलने लगे । उन रसीले सेबों को देख कर सारे प्राणी वापस आने लगे ; भेड़, बकरी, गाय, भँवरे, तितलियाँ । सब मज़े से बाग़ में रहने लगे ।उनकी वजह से सेब के पेड़ फलों से लदने लगे । पूरा बाग़ ख़ुशी से झूम उठा ।

उधर दोनों मनुष्य हाथ मलते रह गए । अब उन में इतनी ताक़त नहीं बची थी की वह इतना लम्बा सफ़र तय कर के फिर से सेब के बाग़ जाएँ और अपना काम- धंधा शुरू करें । यहाँ घने से बरगद के नीचे उन्होंने अपनी कुटिया बना ली और उन्हीं जंगली जानवरों के बीच रहने लगे । जो थोड़ा बहुत काम कर के उन्हें मिलता उसी से पेट भरते थे । इसीलिए कहा जाता है की “ लालच बुरी बला है ।”

क्षिप्रा शुक्ल

The English avatar of this story .

इस कहानी का अंग्रेज़ी अवतार

Learning to speak, read and write Hindi अ से अनार अजगर

अनार अजगर

This the first in a series of 49 books which has a story for each alphabet of the Hindi language . There is a workbook at the end of it . If you read and write these you will have a rudimentary knowledge of Hindi by the end of it ! After that it is a cake walk !

Also all the stories have a moral a la Aesop’s fables and Panchantatra stories. The fact that they are all humorous is just the icing on the cake ! Who does not like to begin the day with a smile 😊 !



एक अजगर था । वह बहुत अदभुत था।उसकी आदत थी कि वह रोज़ एक जानवर खा जाता था । और फिर सो जाता था । अब खा कर सो जाओगे तो बीमार तो पड़ जाओगे। बस वो बीमार पड़ गया । उसकी औरत ने कहा कि, “ अजगर जी, जाओ डॉक्टर से अपना इलाज कराओ ।” बस अजगर चल पड़ा अपना इलाज कराने डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश के पास । अब अजगर के पैर तो होते नहीं तो वह रेंगते हुए गया । रेंगते रेंगते वह थक गया तो वह एक पेड़ के नीचे सो गया । वह पेड़ एक अनार का था जिस में बहुत सारे लाल लाल फल लगे हुए थे ।

अनार का पेड़ और फल
अनार का पेड़ और फल

एक अनार का फल अजगर के सर पर गिरा तो अजगर उठ गया । उसने गप्प से अनार खा लिया । थोड़ी देर में उसे लगा कि मैं तो ठीक हो गया, पेट का दर्द भी ग़ायब । पर अब तक वो रेंगता रेंगता डॉक्टर के पास पहुँच गया था । डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश, जो एक चीता था, ने अजगर जी से कहा, “ महाशय, आप को क्या तकलीफ़ है ?”

अजगर ने कहा, “ मेरे पेट में दर्द था पर वो अब ग़ायब है, मैं बीमार था पर अब में ठीक हूँ ।

डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश ने कहा, “ ऐसा कैसे ? मैंने तो तुम्हें कोई दवा दी नहीं !”

अजगर ने कहा, “पता नहीं । मैं यहाँ रेंगते रेंगते आया हूँ और रास्ते में एक पेड़ के नीचे सोया था तो मुझ पर एक फल गिरा तो मैंने उसे खा लिया ।

चीते ने कहा, “वो फल कैसा था ?”

अजगर ने कहा, “वो लाल था और गोल था, उसके अंदर छोटे, छोटे, लाल, लाल, दाने थे ।वो बहुत मीठा था पर ऊपर का छाल कड़ा था ।”

चीते ने कहा, “ लगता है तुमने अनार खाया है, वह सेहत के लिए बहुत अच्छा होता है । इसके अलावा तुम रेंग के आए हो , इससे तुम्हारी एक्सर्सायज़ यानि कसरत हो गयी, इस लिए तुम ठीक हो गए । आगे से ध्यान रहे कुछ फल सब्ज़ी ज़रूर खाओ, साथ में कुछ कसरत भी किया करो । अब लाओ मेरी फ़ीस ।”

अजगर ने कहा, “फ़ीस किस बात की, में तो अपने आप ठीक हो गया हूँ ।”

डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश सोच में पड़ गया कि इस तरह सब जानवर अपना इलाज कर के खुद ठीक हो जाएँगे तो मेरा क्या होगा, मैं अपना पेट कैसे भरूँगा । बस चीते ने आव देखा ना ताव झट से अजगर का मुँह खोल कर उस में एक बर्गर डाल दिया । पेट में बर्गर जाते ही अजगर के पेट में ज़ोर ज़ोर से दर्द होने लगा ।

डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश

वो चिल्लाने लगा, “ अरे, मुझे कोई बचाओ । मेरे पेट में लगता है बहुत सारे चूहे उछल उछल कर मुझे काट रहे हैं । वह रोने लगा, “ ऊँ ऊँ ऊँ”

तब डॉक्टर चिंता प्रकाश ने कहा, “ दवा दूँ ?”

अजगर चीता की चालाकी समझ गया की वह उससे फ़ीस ऐंठना चाहता है ।

उसने कहा, “नहीं, मैं फिर रेंगता हुआ घर जाऊँगा और रास्ते में एक अनार खाऊँगा । मुझे तुम्हारी ज़रूरत नहीं।

बाक़ी जानवर, जो वहाँ बैठे थे, उन्होंने भी अजगर की बात सुनी तो वो ख़ुश हो गए । उन्होंने सोचा कि यह तो बहुत अच्छा उपाय है । अगर हम खुद अपने आप को ठीक रखेंगे तो चीते की मोटी फ़ीस नहीं देनी पड़ेगी । बस सब ने आव देखा ना ताव चल पड़े अजगर के पीछे पर थोड़ी दूर पर कि कहीं रास्ते में अजगर को भूख लग जायेगी तो वह हमें ना खा जाए । जब सब अनार के पेड़ के पास पहुँचे तो सब उछल उछल कर अनार तोड़ने लगे और गप्प गप्प खाने लगे ।

सब जानवर उछल उछल कर अनार का फल खाने लगे

अनार का पेड़ ख़ाली हो गया । उसने सोचा, “वाह रे वाह ! एक अनार का पेड़ और सौ बीमार ! अब अगर में बीमार पड़ूँगा तो क्या करूँगा ? मेरे पास तो एक भी फल नहीं बचा । उसे रोता देख कर एक तितली, जो उधर से उड़ रही थी, बोली, “ फ़िक्र ना करो भैया अनार के पेड़ । तुम्हारे ऊपर जो फूल बचे हैं I जल्दी ही अनार का पेड़ बन जाएँगे । वही तो हमारा काम है । हम एक पौधे के फूल से दूसरे पौधे को मिलते हैं जिससे वह जल्दी फल बन जाता है ।

तितली की सीख

यह सुन कर अनार का पेड़ बहुत ख़ुश हुआ । उसने सोचा, “कोई बात नहीं अगर जानवर सब अनार तोड़ कर के गए । अब वो ठीक हो जाएँगे । और मैं भी ठीक ही रहूँगा क्यूँकि जो दूसरे की मदद करता है उसको कोई चिंता नहीं सताती क्यूँकि उसकी मदद भगवान करता है ।हाँ जो बिना मतलब के दूसरों को लूटता है उसे भगवान ज़रूर सज़ा देते हैं जैसे की वह चीता जिसका नाम ही चिंता प्रकाश है । अब उसे इस बात की चिंता है कि सारे जानवर तो ठीक हो गए अब मेरे पास इलाज के लिए कौन आएगा और मेरा पेट कैसे भरेगा । इसीलिए कहते हैं,“ जैसी करनी वैसी भरनी ।”


अ से अन्य शब्द

अ से कुछ और शब्द सोचो और उनके चित्र बनाओ

२ . अदरक अलमारी अख़बार अखरोट अलगनी अंतरिक्ष

इन में से तीन का चित्र बना कर उनका नाम लिखो

३.. कहानी में जहां जहां अ है उसे पेन्सल से निशान लगाओ .

४. इन का मतलब बनाओ और वाक्यों में प्रयोग करो

१. आव देखा ना ताव

२. पेट में चूहे उछलना

३. एक अनार और सौ बीमार

४. जैसी करनी वैसी भरनी

५. विपरीतार्थक शब्द

मीठा – ख़ट्टा

ऊपर – नीचे

ख़ाली – भरा

जल्दी – देर

खुश – दुखी

६. इस कहानी से हमें क्या सीख मिलती है

७. क्या चीता का फ़ीस लेना ठीक था ? उसने दवा नहीं दी थी पर सलाह तो दी थी ?

( नहीं चीता का फ़ीस लेना उचित नहीं था क्यूँकि उसकी सलाह अजगर ने नहीं माँगी थी, वो तो जा रहा था पर चीता ने उसे सलाह दे डाली । फिर जब अजगर ने फ़ीस देने से मना कर दिया तो उसने उसके मुँह में ज़बरदस्ती बर्गर ठूँस दिया ! )


The wily leopard and his three assistant hyenas try to cure the python and also try to use their talents to save their business. 


Pomegranate fruits – Good for your health !

There was a python who just loved to eat and sleep. That is what he would do all day long. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Now if you do this all day long and then day after day , then you are going to fall very, very sick. And that is what happened to the silly python . He became very, very sick. His tummy started hurting. Ow ! Ow ! Ow ! He howled. Now, if he had hands he would have clutched his stomach and howled just like you do. But pythons don’t have hands. Just a long body. So, he took his long body and stretched it and decided to crawl to the doctor. As the python was crawling to the doctors’ clinic he felt very hot and tired. So, he decided to rest under a tree. It was a tree with very red fruits hanging from it.


The python was very sleepy. He opened his mouth to yawn. Just then, PLOP, one of the red fruits fell into his mouth. The python gulped down the fruit as was his habit and fell off to sleep. When the python got up he was feeling much better but then, he thought to himself that since I have come so far I might as well see the doctor and find out why my stomach aches all the time. So, he crawled to Dr. Leopards’ clinic and lay down in the waiting room along with the other animals who also had some problem or the other .

Dr. Leopard asked the python to come into his examination room and asked him to lie down. The python said, “I am already lying down since I cannot sit.” Dr. Leopard made a face as he did not like anyone to correct him and said , “Yes, yes, I meant , lie down on the couch so I can examine you . Tell me, what is your problem?”
The python said, “I had a stomach ache but now I am fine. The stomach ache is gone.”
Dr. Leopard was surprised to hear that the python was feeling better without taking any of his medicines which were quite expensive. So he asked the python, ” Tell me Mr. Python, what did you do after you had the stomach ache ?
The python said, “Don’t you want to know how and when I got the stomach ache so you can cure me ?”
The leopard looked very silly in front of his helpers so he he smiled with his very sharp teeth and said,” Yes, yes! Please tell me what you eat and what you did ?”
The python said, “Well, in the morning I swallowed my breakfast in one gulp and went to sleep. Then, at lunch, I swallowed my meal in one big gulp and went to sleep and then, at dinner …….”
The leopard said, “Wait, I am a doctor, I know what you did. You gulped down your dinner and went to sleep!”
All the doctors’ helpers clapped at the doctors intelligence.
The python said, “I have been doing this for many,many days ! But then, yesterday, I had a BIG stomach ache, not the usual small ones. Maybe, it was because I went to a party and gulped down everything .”
“Hmmmmmmmmmm” said Dr. Leopard,” I see the problem now. You don’t chew your food. You must chew your food before you eat it .”

The python was very surprised that the doctor did not know that pythons don’t have teeth. He thought to himself, ” I better get out of here and find some doctor who knows his job. This doctor has a fancy coat but he does not know what he is doing.”

The python said, ” Now, that I am much better, I think I will go home.” He tried to crawl out of the room but Dr.Leopard blocked his way and said, “Wait, wait. You didn’t tell me what happened after the stomach ache. How did you get well? ”

The python was trapped in the room with the doctor and his assistants so he decided to clear the mystery of his wellness. He said, “well, I crawled all the way to your clinic which is quite a distance away. On the way, I was feeling sleepy so I slept under a tree. It was a tree with red fruits. When I yawned one of the fruits fell in my mouth and I gulped it down and then fell asleep. When, I got up I was feeling much, much better.”

Dr. Leopard said, ” It seems to me you slept under an apple tree and that is why you are fine now!”

The python said, ” I am sure it was not an apple tree!”

Dr. Leopard said, ” How can you be so sure that it was not an apple tree. You did say the fruits were red !”

The python said , ” I know it was not an apple tree because we all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away . But, as you can see, here I am with you and you are a doctor and you are not going away and you are not letting me go away too ! So, you see it was not an apple tree . ”

Dr. Leopard was stunned by this intelligent answer. He thought to himself, this python is very smart. Maybe, I can use him to get more patients.





The doctor looked at the python and bared his very sharp, pointy teeth and said, “Well, Mr. Python, you seem to be very smart. I see that you don’t have a job as you told me yourself. So, why don’t you come and work for me ? I will pay you very well. “

The python was very surprised that the leopard was offering a job to him because as far as he knew the animals were afraid of him especially when he was hungry.

He asked Dr. Leopard, “ How will you pay me ? And in return what do you want me to do ? “

Dr. Leopard knew that if he told the python that he was planning to use him to get rid of the animals who refused to get cured by swallowing them he may not agree to work for him. That was his plan to solve his own problem and that of the python.

So he told the python, “ Mr. Python, you don’t have to do much work. You have to be as you were before. Just eat and sleep . The only difference is that you will eat what or who I tell you to eat and you have to do this in my clinic.”

The python thought to himself, “ This leopard is very clever but also very wicked. It’s not good to be with wicked people. So let me try to find a way so that this leopard does not kill off his patients he cannot cure. And there are too many of them. Even I will not be able to swallow so many of them because I only swallow when I am hungry not just for fun ! “

The python looked at Dr. Leopard looking eagerly at him as a solution to his problem of not being able to cure his patients and said , “ Dr. Leopard, why don’t you try some other way to help your patients ?”

Dr. Leopard said, “ Mr. Python, I know there are many other ways but this one is quick and foolproof.”

Actually Dr. Leopard did not know of any other way but he did not want to admit this in front of his assistants who thought Dr. Leopard was the cat’s whiskers. Also his assistants were a couple of hyenas who lived off the leftovers which the doctor could not finish.

Mr. Python said, “ Maybe your way is the quickest and foolproof and with no danger of being sued because there is no one to sue you or no evidence but sooner or later the animals of the jungle will realize what is going on and will stop coming to you. Then what will happen to your practice ? “

The assistant hyenas gasped at this possibility because they lived on the slim pickings left by the leopard and they were already very thin. Dr. Leopard also did not want to lose his very lucrative business ( which means a kind of work in which you make a lot of money ) so he asked Mr. Python, “ All right, what is your idea so that I can cure the patients who come to me ? “

Mr. Python said, “ It’s very simple Mr. Leopard.”



AND THERE IS A BONUS STORY , LUCKY YOU ! THE STORY IS CALLED ‘THE PYTHON AND THE POMEGRANATE TREE’ and is somewhere on this website.  Oh wait, here is the link

” The solution is that you and your assistants get together and buy a huge farm where you grow many healthy herbs and fruit trees like the pomegranate. You encourage your patients to eat the healthy foods and exercise so that they do not fall ill again. Pomegranate juice is especially good for health so grow a lot of pomegranate trees ”


Pomegranate tree


Dr. Leopard said, ” But that does not solve my problem. If people get well how will I run my practice. I need people to be cured but not completely cured so that they keep coming back to me .”

The python said, ” That’s not a very nice thing for a doctor to wish for but you are a leopard and I guess you won’t change your spots. So I think then there is only one final solution to this problem. The leopard moved forward to the python eagerly. And that’s when the python wrapped himself lovingly around the python and squeezed him. That was the Final Solution.


D for Dog Dot Dalmatian

Alphabet Stories
about accepting differences      

  Shipra Shukla

You are happier when you accept differences and enjoy living with them.
Rover learns to appreciate and accept differences. We may be cut from the same cloth but it is the various colours, patterns, shapes that make life interesting !

Rover loved to go on long walks

Rover was a dog who loved to go on long walks with his owner. They always found new places to walk. Sometimes it was climbing up a hill, sometimes it was a meadow strewn with flowers, sometimes it was a winding road near a stream. When the last happened Rover would happily splash in the stream and lap some water because walking always made him thirsty.

Sometimes his owner, Derek would throw a ball and Rover loved to dash after it and then he would pick up the ball and instead of bringing it back he would run away with it while his master chased him to get back the ball. That was exercise for Derek, Rover would chuckle to himself. He too was getting chunky in the middle.

One day when Derek threw the ball and Rover ran after it to fetch it another dog came running from nowhere and grabbed it. Rover was taken aback to see the dog. It was a big dog who was white with a lot of black spots.

I can see spots before my eyes

Rover had never seen such a dog in his life. He had seen black dogs, white dogs, brown dogs but this was a white dog with a lot of back dots on him. Or was it a black dog with a lot of white spots on him ? Rover was very confused. He felt his eyes were swimming with dots.

Rover barked at the dog and said, “What kind of dog are you ?”

The dog said, “What do you mean ? I am a dog like you . Can’t you see my four legs, my nose and my tail and I can bark like you, Woof woof !”

“Yes, that is right,” said Rover, “but what are those spots on you ? Why can’t you be one colour like the rest of us ? It’s like you can’t make up your mind whether you want to be black or white or even grey or brown. It’s confusing.”

Why can’t you be one colour ?

The dog said, have you seen a zebra or a giraffe or a leopard. Nobody has a problem with them then why do you have a problem with my dots ? Besides, dots are very fashionable. Haven’t you seen people ? They also wear dots and call them polka dots.”

Born to be wild

Rover said, people and zebras, giraffes and leopards are not dogs. Dogs are simple creatures. We are not into fashion. A zebra has stripes because he wants to look different from horses and mules who live with people. A giraffe has patterns because he is also a part of the wild category of animals. And a leopard has spots because he can hide in the grass so that other animals can’t see him. But you are a dog. Why do you need dots ? Or spots ?

The Dalmatian was now confused too. Yes, why do I have spots? I am not a leopard. I should be plain like other dogs. The Dalmatian dropped the ball and ran back to his owner. He decided that he was going to be like other dogs, plain.

Born to be wild


I am going to be one colour

Next day the Dalmatian tried to become one colour. He rolled in the mud and became brown. He went into his home tracking mud on the floors and carpet. His owner was very upset. She put a leash on the Dalmatian, took him out and hosed him down. The Dalmatian was back to his spotty self.

I am one colour – Brown !

Next day the Dalmatian crept into the pantry and knocked down a flour tin and covered himself with flour. Now he was white. His owner saw the Dalmatian tracking flour all over her nice clean floor and was very, very upset. She again put a collar and leash and took him out and sprayed water on him with a hose. The Dalmatian was again dotty or spotty, whatever you want to say.

I am one Colour – WHITE !

Next day, what do you think the Dalmatian did to cover his spots ? Yes, you guessed right. The Dalmatian jumped into the shed and knocked over the paint boxes lying there and rolled into the paint flowing on the floor. Now he was a bright green colour and looked like an alien dog.

Oops !

The Dalmatian’s owner saw this green dog and was very, very, very upset because this was the third time she had to put a collar and leash and try to wash off the colour from the dog. She really could not understand what had happened to her dog. Why was he acting like this ?

After washing the dog the owner decided to take her dog to Derek’s clinic . Derek was her friend and was also a dog doctor or vet as they are called by grown ups. A vet usually knows what is wrong with a dog’s body and his mind and can give a solution.

Oops, I didn’t want to be GREEN !

So the Dalmatian and his owner came to Derek’s clinic. Rover was sitting there as Derek often brought him to the clinic so he would not get lonely at home. The Dalmatian’s owner, let’s call her Linda, because that was her name, told Derek about the Dalmatian’s behaviour.

The dog is confused

Derek took a look at the Dalmatian, took his temperature, poked his stomach, patted his head, looked inside his ears and said, “There is nothing wrong with your dog’s body but someone has put some silly thoughts inside his head and that’s why he is behaving in this funny way. And I know who has made mischief. He looked at Rover and said, “Come here Rover. What have you been telling this dog ?”

Rover looked down in the ground and scratched it and whined.Derek said, “ I think he is saying he is sorry for being so silly for telling your dog that he is not a proper dog because he is not one colour. But he does not realise that everyone does not have to be like the other. Dogs are different too.

There is a dachshund who looks like a sausage and is close to the floor, there is a Great Dane who looks like a horse and is far away from the ground, there is an Afghan Hound who is so hairy he can model for a shampoo advertisement, there is a chihuahua who has no hair and can fit in a purse, and then there is this mutt who I call Rover who has no breed and is just a mix of many dogs, a bit of this and a bit of that but we still love him, don’t we ? So, everyone doesn’t have to be like the other.

Dachshund & Great Dane
Afghan hound & Chihuahua


The vet, Derek, called out to Rover who was very ashamed of himself for making the Dalmatian feel that he was not a proper dog.

Derek said, “Come here Rover and shake hands with…. ?” He looked at Linda as he did not know the Dalmatian’s name.

Linda said, “Spotty. His name is Spotty.”

The two dogs shook hands and ran out on the lawn to play. Rover and Spotty were now friends and jumped and barked and chased a ball while Derek and Linda looked and nodded happily and decided they were going to meet more often so that Rover and Spotty could learn to live happily with each other.

ROVER and SPOTTY are BFF’S – best friends forever!




C for cat civet cocoa movie

  1. A cat wants adventure but returns to her family’s loving embrace for she now understands the value of family and a simpler life.

C for for Cat Civet Cocoa – two stories

A cat wants adventure but returns to her family’s loving embrace for she now understands the value of family and a simpler life.

Story One

C for Cat

Cats are funny creatures. One minute they are sitting next to you, purring and rubbing against your body and next minute they are meowing loudly, waving their tail and digging their claws into your hand. They just can’t decide whether they are happy or angry.

One day a cat decided that she wanted to travel the world. She no longer wanted to be like other cats who wanted to only sit on a cushion or a lap, drink milk from a bowl or eat fish or chicken whenever it was a special treat day.

She decided, no, this is no life. I want adventure, meet other cats, travel the world and discover new exciting things.

She packed her bag, pulled out the handle and off she went, dragging the suitcase behind her. Luckily it had wheels so she didn’t have to lift it or strap it on her back.

The cat reached the bus station and, when no one was looking, quietly walked in and sat under a seat. The bus moved. It was full of people but the cat could only see their shoes. It was a long and not very interesting journey, looking at a lot of shoes.

When the bus stopped, all the shoes moved out. The bus was silent. The cat came out from under the seat, took her suitcase and came out of the bus. It was very quiet, all she could hear was an owl hooting in the distance. Lots and lots of buses were parked, looking like giants. The cat was very scared. She was also very hungry but no one was around to give her her milk.

The cat strayed under the wheels of the buses, mewing sadly. Then she went to sleep under the bus. When she woke up it was morning. She could see many shoes walking here and there climbing into buses. She quickly took her suitcase and quietly went and sat in the same bus. The bus started its journey. The cat again saw a lot of shoes as she hid under the seat. When the bus stopped, she quickly got off and dragging her suitcase ran back to her home.

When she reached home her owner picked her up and said, “Oh ! Where have you been kitty cat? I was looking for you everywhere !” The cat blinked happily and mewed. She was saying, “ I went on a long journey but it’s not very interesting ! There were too many shoes and legs and nothing much to see. I happy to be home.”


C for Cat Civet Cocoa

Once upon a time there was a cat who really really wanted to travel the world but no one was taking her anywhere. They usually left her with the neighbours when the family wanted to go to far off countries.

Once the family was planning to go on a trip to Malaysia. They packed their suitcase and got ready to go. So the cat quietly climbed inside the handbag and lay quietly.

When the family arrived at the airport the cat was discovered because you really can’t sneak into a plane. There is a lot of checking. Now the family didn’t know what to do. So they paid a lot of money and cat was placed in the luggage hold of the plane in a basket and taken to Malaysia.

When the family arrived in the country they had to stay in a hotel in which pets were allowed. They also had to carry the cat everywhere with them. One day they were sitting in the hotel garden and the cat was strolling in the lawns. She heard a rustle in the bushes and went to explore. As you know cats are curious creatures.

The cat went through the bushes to the other side and saw a creature which looked like her but was longer and thinner. The cat thought to herself, “ Oh ! This is what foreign cats look like. They are different from us.” But she did not know that this creature was not a cat but a civet who looks like a cat but is not one . Even though it is called a civet cat ! Let me know when you figure out why ?

The civet looked at the cat and said, “Who are you?” The cat said, “ I am a cat just like you.” The civet said, “ I am a not a cat, I am a civet!” The cat said, “Oh ! You are a cat, you only call yourself a civet because you speak a different language. In English you would be a cat.” The civet said, “No my dear friend, I am not a cat, I am a civet. I am from the mongoose family. The cat said, “What’s a mongoose?” The civet said, “A mongoose looks like us but it is different from us. It can kill a snake!”

The cat who had not seen much of the world asked, “What is a snake ?” The civet said, “You don’t know what is a snake ?” Where are you from?” The cat said, “I am from a big city in a far away land. We only have dogs, cats and birds there.” The civet said, “ I see, so you have only seen dogs, cats and birds and nothing else?” The cat shook her head.

The civet said, “ All right, come with me, I will show you many creatures.” The cat was scared but she thought to herself, “I have come to see the world, let me follow this civet.”

She followed the civet who took her deep in the jungle. The cat was very scared. She could hear the bats flying above, the monkeys leaping in the branches, the owl hooting in the tree and something, probably a snake, rustling in the grass. The civet was moving very fast and suddenly disappeared. Now the cat was all by herself, very very frightened. She wanted to go home to her family as soon as she could.

Suddenly the civet appeared next to her. It said, “ Hello, slowpoke, you are not made for adventures, you are a homebody. I think I better take you home. “Yes please,” the cat said in a small voice. The civet escorted her back to the hotel where the family was frantically looking for her.

When she appeared out of the bushes they grabbed her and cuddled her. The cat was so happy to see them she purred with delight. Then they took her to the room and gave her some milk in a saucer. The cat lapped the milk gratefully but when they asked her if she wanted to mix a little cocoa in it just to change the taste, the cat backed away. She was no longer feeling adventurous. The family laughed good-naturedly, “Just kidding !” they said.


B for ball balloon baby

Once upon a time there was a ball who wanted to be a balloon. He wanted to fly high up in the sky so that he could look down on the world and watch everyone from above.


He did not like to be kicked around or thrown or lie in a corner when no one was playing with him. All he wanted was to be outside, flying, floating gently in the breeze, just like a balloon does.


One day there was a new guest in the house. It was a baby. A chubby, cooing, cute little baby. When the baby became a little bigger, it started to crawl around. It would bump it’s body against the ball and move it. Sometimes it would sit on the floor and somebody would hand it the ball. Then the baby would hug the ball and hold it tight against its heart. The ball could hear the little heart beating, thump thump, and it’s own heart also went thump thump. It loved the baby.


Then the baby grew up a little more and started to toddle. It would toddle slowly and when the ball got in its way it would fall on it and clutch it with its tiny hands. The ball just loved being held by the baby.


Some more time went by and the baby was one. There was a big birthday party to celebrate the baby’s turning one year old. Lots and lots of balloons were hung in the living room, The people who came also brought many colorful balloons. The ball was left in the corner. He felt no one was paying attention to him. All the children were grabbing the colorful balloons. Even the baby wanted to touch the balloons. They were so colorful and pretty.


Everyone sang, ‘Happy birthday to you,’ to the baby. Then they cut the cake. Lots and lots of photos were taken with the baby and the colorful balloons. Suddenly one naughty boy took the fork he was eating the cake with and pricked the balloon. The balloon burst with a bang so loudly that everyone jumped. The baby started crying.


The mother took the baby in her arms and took it out to make it stop crying.Soon the other children followed, each carrying a balloon their hand. They all wanted a balloon. Nobody even thought of the ball lying in the corner. But as one of the children was passing by his foot kicked the ball and it rolled out and lay in the lawn looking at the children holding the colorful balloons.

Suddenly there was a gust of wind and it tugged the string of the balloon. One little child who was holding the string of a red balloon let it go. The balloon floated up in the sky looking so pretty against the blue sky. So the other children let their balloons go. They all floated up and up and up till they vanished from sight. Now the children had nothing.


Then one of the boys saw the ball and ran and picked it up. He threw the ball to his friend who threw it to his friend. All the children threw the ball to each other. Then they took the ball and gave it back to the mother because it was time for them to go. They had had a lot of fun because of the ball.


The mother waved goodbye to the children. Then she took the ball and gave it to the baby who hugged it to its heart and cooed with happiness. The ball was happy too. He no longer wanted to be a balloon. Balloons only look pretty, make a loud noise when they burst and frighten babies and do not stay with you if you let go of their string. But a ball is very useful. You can play with it.




A for Apple, Acorn, Aardvark Story and Movie! Lucky you !

A for Apple

Once upon a time there was a tree which was laden with fruits, all hanging low that they were easily eaten by all the animals who sauntered and grazed in the orchard in which it was planted.

Many birds too sat in its branches and pecked at its fruits and enjoyed its delicious fruits.

And the bees and the butterflies enjoyed the juice of the broken fruit when they alighted on it.

But the more the birds and the bees and the butterflies hovered around the tree the more fruits it bore. It never ran out of fruits.

Every season it became more and more plentiful. Soon other trees like him also became laden with fruits and the whole orchard smelt heavenly.

One day two people came walking into the orchard. They were a man and a woman. They saw the fruit trees and were delighted.

They eat the fruits and decided they were going to pluck them all and sell them and go into the business of fruit selling . So that is what they did . They plucked each and every fruit from each and every tree, packed them in boxes and sent them to the city to be enjoyed by them.

Apple picking

Now there were no fruits left for the animals, the birds, the butterflies and the bees.

Since they had nothing to eat they decided to leave and find another place where they did not have to be hungry. So they left the orchard.

As soon as they left the apple trees stopped bearing fruits. They were so lonely without their friends who enjoyed their fruits but did not finish all of them at one go.

When the trees stopped bearing fruit the man and woman wondered what to do .

They went to a village to consult a horticulturist who is a person who knows all about planting trees. They told him what had happened and asked him what to do.

The horticulturalist told them, “Ah, you have been very greedy.”

Then he took out a seed from his shed and told them, “Go and plant this acorn and wait for it to grow. Only when it is fully grown will your problems be over. Till then do not go near the apples trees”

The man and woman did what the horticulturist had told them to do. They planted the acorn and waited for it to grow into a tree.

Now the acorn takes a long time to grow and to be fully grown it takes many years. Many years passed while the tree from the acorn was growing slowly.



The apple trees, meanwhile had got some rest. Slowly they started flowering and then fruits began to appear. The animals, birds, bees, butterflies came back to enjoy the fruits and the flowers. When they came back the fruits also started multiplying. Soon the apple orchard was as before, plentiful.

The apple tree flowered again

But the acorn was taking so long to become an oak tree that the man and woman were too old to work, plucking fruits, packaging them and sending them to the city to be sold. They had become like aardvarks, slow, ungainly and sleepy.


So they decided that they were no longer going to be in the fruit business but will manage with whatever they could get to eat and spend the rest of their days meditating about the nature of trees.

Soon they were going to find out that you cannot mess with nature or a horticulturist will come and fix the problem and,maybe, turn them into aardvarks.


Why did the turtle cross the road ?




Look before you cross

A turtle once crossing a road stopped midway to think, why am I crossing the road, what am I going to find on the other side ? What was going on in my mind when I decided to cross the road ? It’s all right for chickens to cross the road because then countless surmises will populate the minds of people, why did the chicken cross the road ? But who cares if the turtle crosses the road ? 

The problem is we are too slow. And no one has any time any more. They are in a rush. They will not wait for me to cross the road. They will rather a chicken crosses the road. She is quick. She will cross the road in a hurry and will reach the other side of the road to do whatever it is that chickens do when they cross the road. Usually it is to get to the other side. And anyway, what does it matter, whether she crosses the road or not . She is going to end up in Kentucky or in old McDonald’s farm. 

But why am I crossing the road ? And if I don’t hurry up I could be in a soup. The turtle craned his neck and tried to hurry up but you know , even if a turtle hurries, he can only go so fast. Far away, in the distance he could see a huge lorry bearing down on him. It was still quite a distance away but you know the speed of lorries and we are all familiar with the turtle’s speed. He was not going to make it even if he moved his legs as fast as he could . The turtle thought, what if I huddle in my shell, maybe the lorry won’t notice me . The turtle withdrew into his shell and lay quietly like a , well, sleeping turtle.

Don’t be an ostrich, you are a turtle !

The lorry hurtled towards the turtle and it’s wheel passed over the turtle’s shell. Lorries don’t think or notice things, especially little things lying on the road like turtles and stones. The 🐢 turtle’s shell broke into little bits but the turtle underneath survived. Unfortunately, he now looked very funny without his hard shell and felt he looked like an 👽 alien. 

He crawled to the other side of the road and slowly went back to the pond in which he lived where all the other turtles looked at him in wonder and rejected him. He went to the edge of the pond and sank deep in the mud and decided he was never going to undertake new adventures like trying to cross the road. He had learnt his lesson but it was too late to do anything about his shell. So he got a little vase 🏺, turned it upside down and stuck it on his back. This way he became a new style icon for all the turtles who had boring brown shells . He also gave himself a new name. He was now MING !

The new style icon – MING !