I read this story in Motivateus.com, Its really touching. Just go ahead and read till the end.
My wife called, “How long will you be poring over that newspaper? Will you come here and make your darling daughter eat her food?”
I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter, Sindu, looked frightened. Tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with Curd Rice.
Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age. She has just turned eight. She particularly detested Curd Rice. My mother and my wife are orthodox, and believe firmly in the ‘cooling effects’ of Curd Rice! I cleared my throat, and picked up the bowl.
“Sindu, darling, why don’t you take a few mouthfuls of this Curd Rice? Just for Dad’s sake, dear? And, if you don’t, your Mom will shout at me.”
I could sense my wife’s scowl behind my back. Sindu softened a bit, and wiped her tears with the back of her hands.
“OK, Dad. I will eat – not just a few mouthfuls, but the whole lot of this. But, you should…” Sindu hesitated, “Dad, if I eat this entire curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?”
Oh sure, darling’.
I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine and clinched the deal.
“Ask Mom also to give a similar promise”, my daughter insisted.
My wife slapped her hand on Sindu’s, muttering, “Promise”, without any emotion.
Now I became a bit anxious.
“Sindu dear, you shouldn’t insist on getting a computer or any such expensive items. Dad does not have that kind of money right now. OK?”
“No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive.”
Slowly and painfully, she finished eating the whole quantity. I was silently angry with my wife and my mother for forcing my child to eat something that she detested.
After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes wide with expectation. All our attention was on her.
“Dad, I want to have my hair shaved off, this Sunday!’ was her demand.
“Atrocious!” shouted my wife, “A girl child having her hair shaved off? Impossible!”
“Never in our family!” my mother rasped. “She has been watching too much television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled with these TV programs!”
“Sindu darling, why don’t you ask for something else? We will be sad seeing you with a clean-shaven head.”
“No, Dad. I do not want anything else”, Sindu said with finality.
“Please, Sindu, why don’t you try to understand our feelings?” I tried to plead with her.
“Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd Rice.” Sindu was in tears. “And you promised to grant me whatever I ask for. Now, you are going back on your words. Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra, and its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what?”
It was time for me to call the shots. “Our promise must be kept.”
“Are you out your mind?” chorused my mother and wife.
“No. If we go back on our promises, she will never learn to honor her own. Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled.”
With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes looked big and beautiful. On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight to watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her classroom. She turned around and waved. I waved back with a smile.
Just then, a boy alighted from a car, and shouted, “Sinduja, please wait for me!”
What struck me was the hairless head of that boy. Maybe, that is the in-stuff, I thought.
“Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!”
Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car and continued.
“That boy who is walking along with your daughter is my son Harish. He is suffering from leukemia.” She paused to muffle her sobs. “Harish could not attend school for the whole of the last month. He lost all his hair due to the side effects of the chemotherapy. He refused to come back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of the schoolmates. Sinduja visited him last week and promised him that she would take care of the teasing issue. But, I never imagined she would sacrifice her lovely hair for the sake of my son! Sir, you and your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your daughter.”
I stood transfixed and then, I wept.
“My little Angel, you are teaching me how selfless real love is!”
The Crow indulged in the immoral act of stealing and in turn was cheated by the Fox right,the lesson learnt from this was very clear.But,we see that Neither the Crow nor the Fox was punished for their acts .So here comes the Third Volume to execute judgement upon the Crow and the Fox.
The Crow was still angry with the Fox for what it had done,so it thought of a plan to ‘Finish-off’ the fox so that it wil be never cheated anymore in the future .
As a part of the plan the crow made a vadai,containing Poison in it.And in a gloomy morning with the vadai in it’s beak it kept waiting for the Fox to work out it’s plan.(see the pic to the left)
In the mean time the Old Granny was out to purchase groceries .She has to go to the nearby town to get those things to go there she has to cross the forest where the Crow and the fox live.
When she was on her way she suddenly noticed the Crow waiting for the Fox with the Vadai in the mouth .When she saw the crow with Vadai she got very furious and she wanted to do something to the crow inorder to take revenge on it.
so she stealthily climbed the tree behind the crow (see the pic to the left),she was very careful that the crow does not notice her.She crept slowly behind the crow and all of a sudden she took a grip hold of the crow.
The Crow did not expect this sudden attack and Cried in panic Kaaaaaaaaaa.
‘Alas again the Vadai fell down’ .The Granny was very happy that she was succesful in catching the Crow .
Granny took the crow home,made Crow-65 with that,ate it happily and went to sleep happily.(see the pic to the left)
The Fox which came in the way where the Crow was waiting saw the vadai that fell down from the Crow’s mouth ate it happily but died sadly.
- The Crow stole vadai from the Granny and was punished.
- The Fox Cheated the Crow and it too was punished.
(According to the Famous Tamil saying) What You Sow in the morning the same shall you reap in the Noon.
The Crow after losing the vadai had a burning desire to avenge the Fox but outwardly it does not show itself as distressed.
And on a bright new morning the crow once again set out in search of food and it was a lucky day as it saw a woman offering some padayal(offerings -It was the belief of the traditional people in India that the Forefathers live in the earth in the form of crows) to the crows ,and the crow was lucky to see a Vadai there and it happily took that Vadai and flew into the forest.
And there came the wily old Fox again and started singing the same old song of flattery towards the crow.
Although Crow was was given to flattery it was quite conscious this time ,so this time in a wise manner caught hold of the Vadai with it’s leg and Sang a beautiful song Kaa kakaa kaaa kakakaka.
The fox was diapponted and realised that it has been fooled by the crow and so it left the place heads-down.
(see it’s diappointed face over here)
Moral: Be updated with new Technologies and Techniques don’t be an Old fool.
Long long ago, very long ago, so long ago.
There lived a old granny who was earning her wages by selling the vadais that she makes .
(see her below but she is not cooking any vadai it’s dosai)
And one day she was busy making the vadai’s and there came a crow and sat in the tree next to her .(see the crow below)
the crow was damn hungry,as it was not able get anything for it’s belly since the dawn.When the crow saw the hot vadais that the Granny was cooking the tongue of the crow started watering.(see the vadais below it’s exactly the same vadai)
The crow was sure that Granny will shoo it away when it tries to ask her a vadai,but the crow was so hungry does not know what to do,it thought there was no other go than to steal,but the crow was brought up in a good moral background,so there arised a moral dilemma in the mind of the crow whether to steal or not.But, according to the famous saying in tamil “Hunger knows no manners” the crow at last decided to steal and snatched a vadai
and flew away into the nearby forest and sat in a tree comfortably to feast on the vadai.
And in that forest there lived a wily old Fox(see the fox below)
the fox too was hungry and while on its search for food it came near the tree where the crow was .
and the Fox was so proud that it cannot ask for such a mean bird as crow to share some of it’s meal ,so it decided to go on a trick and decieve the crow so that it can steal away the vadai from the crow.
so the Fox started praising the crow,”Oh you beautiful where were you so long, i was searching for you since morning,see i am very anxious to hear those melodious songs of you .would you please sing one of your song for me said the fox.
The crow almost fainted in the flattery and was decieved by it and to top every foolishness opened it’s mouth to sing a song-Alas the vadai fell down from it’s beak and the Fox who was waiting for this spared no time to fetch that vadai and ran away and away and away deep into the Forest.
- What you sow shall you reap.
- cheat to be cheated .
- Don’t give heed to flattery.
Stories have the power to bind together people of any age,don’t they?.There are stories or fables that have been told since ages past.
A fable is a very short story which is meant to illustrate a point or teach us a lesson. Usually, but not always, fables are stories about animals that talk like people. The lesson that a fable teaches us is called a moral.
A parable means something similar. It is usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.
so i’m here to tell you stories in my own style,following my own way of narrating stories and try to give some morals for in some cases new morals for old fables.