Some time later after the clever cuckoo had flown off the four eggs which Mother crow was hatching started to crack. A little later four baby crows were shouting, “Caw, caw, caw,” as they were hungry and wanted Mother Crow to get them food. Mother Crow tried to explain to them that, ‘Children, please be patient. There is just a tiny egg left to hatch. As soon as it hatches I will get something to eat and drink for all five of you.” Just as she was telling this the little egg hatched and a little bird hopped out of it and sat on the edge of the nest and said, ‘Coo.” Mother crow and her four baby crows’ beaks fell open in surprise. Where ever did this ‘Coo’ sound come from in between the sound of the ‘caw, caw.’ Now, how were they to know that this little bird was not Mother crow’s child but the clever cuckoo’s baby.
Time flew by and the four crows and little cuckoo bird grew up. Mother crow rushed around trying to get them in a good school.
While she was hunting for a good school she met a music teacher, a Mr. Tar- Tar, who was frog who spent his free time teaching the animals of the jungle how to sing. But till now he had not got any work because the children were scared of his loud voice. But Mother Crow loved his loud voice and she appointed Mr. Tar- Tar to teach her children how to sing.
And then, what do you think happened. Every morning Mr. Tar- Tar would come hopping to Mother Crow’s nest and made her five children practice their sings under the shade of the tree.
He even changed the name of the four crows and gave them names from the seven notes of music , Do, ray, me, fa, so, la, ti, do.
The animals of the jungle were really fed up with Mr. Tar-Tar’s music classes. So Peter Parrot, Mr. Peek-a- boo peacock, Banana-Drama monkey, Flow-Jo deer, Mr. Tittle -Turtle and all the other creatures of the jungle got together and had a meeting to discuss how to free the jungle of the noise of Mr. Tar-tar’s music classes. Many plans were made and many ideas were given but they really couldn’t think of any good solution.
In the end it was decided that all the animals would sit-down below Mother Crow’s nest and not move till they either stopped the ‘caw caw’ of the crows and the ‘tar-tar’ of the frog or they would throw them out of the jungle.
And that is what happened. Mr. Tar-tar would not budge so Mother Crow as asked to leave the jungle along with her five children and Mr. Tar-tar. Mother Crow was also very stubborn. She did not like that anyone should interfere in the education and progress of her children. So she packed her bags and left to find a new place where she could start a new life, a place where no one could bully them and they were free to do what they wanted to do
Mother crow, her children and Mr. Tar-tar roamed here and there for a long time till they came to a town which was full of rats running here and there and troubling everyone. Rats of every kind had got together and were bothering everyone. Sometimes they would eat up the food, sometimes they would gnaw the clothes, and sometimes they would bite the little babies.
The people of the town were fed up. How does one get rid of these pesky rats, they just didn’t know what to do? That is why they announced a reward that whoever got the town rid of these rats would be given whatever they wanted.
Now, Mother Crow, did not wait even for a second, with her beak she killed three four rats, made them into patties and fed them to her children and Mr. Tar –Tar. After this there was no problem for Mother Crow and her team began to live happily in the town. Everyday they would kill a few rats and eat them up. After some time, Do-ray, Me-fa, So-la and Ti-do also became expert in killing rats and the rats were running here and there in fear for their lives. They were in a real state and they started talking about leaving town.
The people of the town were very happy. They did not want Mother Crow and her team to leave town ever so they began to give them many gifts.
Mother crow told them, “I don’t want anything but I want my children’s music to be remembered for ever and ever. So, can you make a tape of my children’s music so that I can play it for the animals of the jungle who had thrown us out of the jungle because of our singing class.”
The people of the town were only too happy to do as Mother Crow wanted and made a tape of the four crows’ songs. The name of the tape was, ‘The Caw – Caw Crows.’ When the tapes came to the shops the people of the town were very happy. When they played the tapes at home, not only the rats, but all the pests ran away frightened. Some farmers even started playing them in their fields so that the birds which eat their seeds flew away in fright.
The wily leopard and his three assistant hyenas try to cure the python and also try to use their talents to save their business.
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.
TO BE CONTINUED ……….
ALL RIGHT, HERE’S THE NEXT PART OF THE STORY ….
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.”
ALL RIGHT , LET ME KNOW WHAT WAS MR. PYTHON’S SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM AND THE BEST ONE WILL GET TO GO ON A TRIP TO HAWAII PAID FOR BY THEMSELF. IF I HAD THE MONEY I WOULD HAVE GONE MYSELF NOT SIT HERE WRITING THESE STORIES IN DULLSVILLE.” I WOULD WRITE THEM IN HAWAII .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE ; THEY WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT, JUST LIKE THE POMEGRANATE ! THIS IS MY VERSION.
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 ”
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.
THE PEACOCK WHO WANTED TO BE A STAR
Mayura wanted to make the world more beautiful but before he could ruin his beautiful feathers by using them as a dust rag Peekaboo arrived to knock some sense into his peacock brain. He also gifted him a new pair of boots to hide his ugly legs ! What are friends for, after all , hmmm.
THE PALACE WAS GRAND AND MAYURA STROLLING IN THE GROUNDS WAS PREOCCUPIED WITH HIS THOUGHTS.
“WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIFE ?
“DO WE HAVE A PURPOSE ?”
“LOOK AT MY FEATHERS, THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE RAINBOW. AND YET, DO THEY HAVE A PURPOSE”
“SHOULDN’T ALL BEAUTY HAVE A PURPOSE?”
MAYURA KEPT WALKING, THINKING PROFOUND THOUGHTS. HE ALMOST HAD AN ACCIDENT. THE CAR SCREECHED TO A HALT. MAYURA QUICKLY RACED ACROSS, HIS HEART BEATING AND FLUTTERING JUST LIKE HIS BEAUTIFUL TAIL FEATHERS.
BUT THIS LITTLE BRUSH WITH DEATH GOT HIM THINKING EVEN MORE DEEPLY.
“WE ALL LEAVE THIS WORLD ONE DAY. SO SHOULDN’T ONE LEAVE IT A BETTER PLACE, A CLEANER PLACE ?”
MAYURA WAS SO TAKEN UP WITH THIS THOUGHT HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED USING HIS FEATHERS AS A BROOM AND STARTED CLEANING UP THE PALACE LAWNS,DUSTING AWAY THE LEAVES AND PUTTING THEM AWAY IN A GARBAGE BAG. HE WAS SO BUSY SWEEPING AND CLEANING,HE DIDN’T NOTICE ANOTHER PEACOCK SITTING GRANDLY ON A BENCH LOOKING AT HIM.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING ?” HE SAID
“CLEANING UP,” SAID MAYURA, NOT MISSING A BEAT AS HE DUSTED AND SWEPT THE DIRT WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL TAIL FEATHERS.
“WELL, THAT’S JUST FINE AND DANDY BUT WHY USE YOUR TAIL FEATHERS FOR IT ? AND WHY NOT GET ONE OF YOUR PALACE MINIONS ? IT’S NOT YOUR JOB ! “
MAYURA SIGHED DEEPLY, “WHATS’S OUR JOB ? JUST TO LOOK PRETTY? SHOULDN’T BEAUTY HAVE A PURPOSE? BY THE WAY, WHO ARE YOU ?”
THE OTHER PEACOCK BOWED COURTEOUSLY, “PEEKABOO AT YOUR SERVICE. I HAVE COME A LONG WAY TO CHECK OUT YOUR WAY OF LIFE.”
“OH !” SAID MAYURA, “AND WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER? WE ARE JUST LIKE OTHER FOLKS.”
PEEKABOO LAUGHED HARSHLY AND SAID, “NO, MY FRIEND, THAT’S WHERE YOU ARE WRONG. YOU ARE DIFFERENT.”
“HOW?” ASKED MAYURA.
“WELL, YOU GUYS TAKE EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY. YOU GOTTA LET THINGS BE. “
“WHAT DO YOU MEAN, LET THINGS BE.”
“THERE IS NO NEED TO GO AROUND CLEANING WHEN THERE IS NOTHING TO CLEAN. YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL FEATHERS, JUST SPREAD THEM AND DANCE. THAT WILL MAKE THE WORLD BEAUTIFUL TOO. THAT’S YOUR PURPOSE MAN, LOOK BEAUTIFUL AND DANCE.”
MAYURA, “I CAN DANCE THE KATHAK VERY WELL. ITS’S AN OLD DANCE FROM INDIA.”
PEEKABOO JUMPED OFF THE BENCH, “ALL RIGHT THEN. MY EXPERTISE IS TAP DANCE, THAT’S A DANCE FROM WHERE I COME FROM. SHOULD WE HAVE A DANCE OFF THEN ? AND LEAVE THE DARN GARBAGE BAG!”
MAYURA SAID, “ BUT IT’S NOT RAINING. PEACOCKS DANCE WHEN THE CLOUDS THUNDER. LIGHTNING FLASHES, AND RAINDROPS PATTER.”
“DRAT IT MAN. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO NEEDY. JUST MAKE DO WITH WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE !”PEEKABOO SCREECHED.
THEN HE LOOKED AT A GARDNER WATERING THE LAWN AND SAID, “ THERE’S YOUR RAIN. NOW SHAKE A LEG, MAN. “
MAYURA BOWED AND SAID, “MAYURA AT YOUR SERVICE. AS FOR SHAKING A LEG. I NEVER DID LIKE MY LEGS, THATS’S WHY I SPREAD MY FEATHERS TO DRAW ATTENTION FROM THEM.”
PEEKABOO, “ THERE YOU GO AGAIN , CARPING ABOUT STUFF YOU CANNOT CHANGE. TELL YOU WHAT, I’LL GET YOU A GOOD PAIR OF BOOTS WHEN I VISIT NEXT. FOR NOW JUST DANCE AND FORGET ALL YOUR TROUBLES. “
DOG DOT DALMATIAN
about accepting differences
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 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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EVERYONE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THE SAME
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.
Love and cakes made a great cake for my daughter’s birthday, elegant, scrumptious and it made her day. Cake is no longer just a cake, nowadays it’s an art form. Thank God, these cakes did not exist during the French Revolution or Marie Antoinette would have some more explaining to do and would not have survived the kindly look that history gave her, the peasants anyway did not understand what a great cake is to a cultured lady !
Oh yes, the delivery was timely in spite of her rushed schedule and the order was placed over the phone from Austin to Scottsdale and the price was tad more palatable than the other cake places I surfed the net.
A BIRTHDAY MOVIE FOR POORVI
POORVI who is a real dog lover ! and this is a page for those who love dogs !
My super special wonderful daughter,
She has been a delight since the day she has been born.7.01 am on the 27 th of the 7th month in 1992.
7 has always been an auspicious number across all cultures . 7 days a week, 7 colours of the rainbow and 7 turns around the fire in an Indian wedding.
So this 7th wonder of the world arrived on the 27 th day of the 7th month at 7 in the morning. How can you go wrong with that ?
Things may go wrong for her sometime but she never goes wrong . Strong of will and soft at heart she will fight all odds and battles to stay in the right.
She loves beautiful things but is generous in her soul. Her most adored creature is a dog. Give Poorvi a dog and every beautiful thing she desires pales into insignificance. Her connection with this delightful creature is a miracle and they, in turn, adore her and respond to her with all their pure and generous heart. Like I have always said God spelt backwards is dog. And nothing is without reason, not even spellings.
Poorvi has many friends because she is kind by nature and people always gravitate towards kindness. She is super smart and super intelligent and super creative. And everything she touches turns to gold. Even a small task as a voiceover artiste for my little movies she is perfection. And when she picked up a spatula to provide me a gourmet meal on Mother’s Day we, lo and behold, discovered another talent, she is a super chef !
That’s why Poorvi never ceases to amaze me with her many talents and love for all things beautiful ( sometimes they are expensive! ) But, I am sure, with her mother’s blessings she will go forth to conquer the world and teach them a thing or two about what it is to be a titan who stoops to conquer. And what it is to be a grand soul in a mean world !
A MESSAGE FROM POORVI’S FRIENDS
Birthday movie for Poorvi ( to watch click on the link below )
- A cat wants adventure but returns to her family’s loving embrace for she now understands the value of family and a simpler life.
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 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.
MOVIE TOO !
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.
THE BALL LOVED 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.
BIRTHDAY PARTY !
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.
THE BALLOONS LOOKED SO PRETTY
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 CHILDREN HAD A LOT OF FUN
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.
IT’S BETTER TO BE USEFUL
AND HERE IS THE MOVIE !
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.
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.