Long ago, there lived a monkey named Raktamukha, on a Jamun
(Black-berry) tree by the side of a river. The tree was always full of fruits,
which were as sweet as nectar. The Monkey used to eat fruits from the tree.
Raktamukha was happily passing his days jumping from one tree to another. Once,
a crocodile named Karalamukha came out of the waters and took rest under the
tree on which the monkey lived.
Raktamukha, who was sitting high on a branch, saw the crocodile taking rest under the tree. The monkey became very eager to talk to the crocodile. Since he had no friends, he wanted to make friends with him. Addressing the crocodile, Raktamukha said, “As you’re taking rest... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a merchant in a small village.
The merchant dealt in different kinds of goods. He wanted to sell his goods in
the town, to gain good sum of profits. One day, he decided to go to the town to
try his fortune. He arranged for some men who could go along with him. During
the journey, he had to pass through a desert, so he also arranged for water,
rice and firewood.
Per the plan, he packed his goods in several carts and set out for the journey along with his mates. When they reached the desert, the sun was shining on the fine sand, making it severely hot. In the day time, no one could dare to walk on it. One could only think of travel through th... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a herd of Elephants in a
forest. A mighty Elephant by the name of Chaturdanta was their king. There was
a big lake in the middle of the forest where all the animals used to go to
drink water and to take a bath. Once it so happened, that there was no rain for
the whole year and the lake dried up. Many of the birds and the animals died of
thirst. The Elephants got worried that if they didn’t get water soon many of them
would die of thirst.
The Elephants decided to take the matter to their king, Chaturdanta. So they approached their king and said, “You Majesty, as you know there is no water in our forest, many of the birds and animals have di... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a Washer man in a village. He
had kept a donkey and a dog to serve as his pets. The Dog used to guard his
master’s house and escort him wherever he went. The Donkey used to carry stack
of clothes on his back to and from the river. Both slept in the washer man’s
courtyard. Like this, they were leading their life under the kind shelter of
the washer man.
On one unfortunate night, when everyone was sleeping, a thief managed to get into the house. Even after seeing the thief, the Dog didn’t bark. When the Donkey saw, the thief entering the house, he asked the Dog, “Dear Friend, didn’t you see that a thief had entered the house? Why don’t you b... Read More
Once upon a time, there were four friends in a village.
Three of these four friends were learned in all sciences, but had no common
sense. The fourth friend by the name of Subuddhi was not much learned in
scriptures or sciences, but had common sense. He was quite practical in his
approach towards life and knew what was good or bad for him.
One day, the three learned friends thought that there was no use of their learning, unless it brought them money to fulfill their needs. They decided to travel to all distant towns and cities to try their luck. They didn’t want to take their fourth friend with them, as he was not learned. However, they agreed to take him along with th... Read More
Once, there lived a pious Brahmin in a small village, by the
name of Mitra Sharma. He used to perform religious rituals. On one occasion, he
was rewarded with a goat for his services by a wealthy man. The Brahmin was
happy to get a goat as the reward. He happily slung the goat over his shoulder
and began the journey towards his home. On the way, three cheats (Thugs) saw
the Brahmin taking the goat.
All of them were lazy and wanted to cheat the Brahmin so that they could take away the goat. They said,” This goat will make a delicious meal for all of us. Let's somehow get it”. They discussed the matter amongst themselves and devised a plan to get the goat by befooling the... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a Brahman by the name of Deva
Sharma with his wife. His wife delivered a son and they were happy to have
their first child. The Brahmin wanted to have a pet animal to protect the child
which would also be a companion to the child. The Brahmin kept his proposal
before the Brahmani. She found the proposal acceptable and the Brahmin went to
bring a pet.
Deva Sharma went around the village and after much toil, got a mongoose as an escort to his child. Brahmani didn’t like the idea to keep a mongoose for her child. But as the pet was already brought, so she accepted it. Now, both started loving the mongoose as their own child. Yet, the Brahmani... Read More
Once upon a time, there was a hill that sloped down to the
banks of a river. At the bottom of the hill, there was a tree which made the
shelter for many birds. One day, a blind old Vulture came to live in the hollow
of the tree. The birds welcomed the blind vulture and decided to give him a
share of their food since he was old.
When the Blind Vulture saw birds’ concern for him, he was overwhelmed with gratitude. He thought to himself, “As these birds are being so kind to me, it has become my duty to protect their young ones when they are away gathering food”. After this, the Vulture used to get his food from the birds and in return, he took care of their young ones whi... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a Tiger in a forest. With the
passing years, he became too old to hunt. One day, the Tiger was walking by the
side of a lake and suddenly, a gold bangle came across his sight. Quickly he
picked up the bangle and thought that he could use it as an allure to catch
someone. As he was under the thought process, a traveler happened to pass
through the opposite side of the lake.
The Tiger instantly thought to himself, “What a delicious meal he would make?” He planned a scheme to attract the traveler. He held the bangle in his paw making it visible to the traveler and said, “Would you like to take this gold bangle. I don’t require it”. At once, t... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a family of Hawks in a lake
near a forest. The family included Female-Hawk, Male-Hawk and their Kid-Hawks.
All of them were passing their days happily. There also lived a Lion, a
Kingfisher and a Turtle on the northern, the eastern and the southern shore of
this lake respectively. One day, the Female-Hawk asked her husband,
“Sweetheart, how many friends do you have near here?”
The Male-Hawk replied, “I do have friends, but not one in this part of the forest”. The Female-Hawk asked, “Dear, you must find some friends. At least, we should have someone who can help us, if ever we are in trouble or in danger”. The Male-Hawk asked, “With whom sha... Read More
A long time ago, there was a monster named Nian. Nian loved to visit a little village in China each year, and scare everybody he saw. He thought that was great fun. He liked to do this just as the new year began, to remind people that Nian was still around. Each year, after scaring all the people, could hardly wait for the new year to roll around, so that he could scare them again.
This probably would have gone on forever. But one day, just by luck, one of the villagers was wearing a red tunic. When Nian jumped out to scare him, Nian took one look at the red tunic and ran away. He startled the villager so much that the villager dropped the heavy metal bucket he had been... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a robber in a village. One
day, he stole a temple bell and ran towards the forest. A Tiger heard the
jingle of the bell and became curious to locate the sound. As soon as, he saw
the robber, he jumped upon him and killed him at once. The bell fell on the
ground. After a few days, a group of monkeys passed through that way. They
spotted the bell and carried it to their home.
They found the jingle of the bell very interesting. Subsequently every one of them became very fond of the bell and started playing with it. After every tiring day, in the night monkeys would sit on the top of the hill in the forest and enjoy the melodious sound of the b... Read More
Once upon a time, it happened in a forest that a hare was
resting under a banyan tree. He had an intuition of doom and thought, “What
would happen to me, if the earth will break? “. Suddenly, he heard a weird striking
sound. He said, “It’s happened, the earth is breaking up”. He jumped up and ran
madly without even observing the direction.
When he was running through the forest, a hare saw him and asked, “What happened? Where are you going in such a hurry? “. The Hare cried,” The earth is breaking up. You better run too”. The second hare ran so fast that he overtook the first hare. As they were passing the forest, both shouted to other hares, “The earth is breaking up.... Read More
Once upon a time, there was a flock of doves that flew in
search of food. This flock was led by their king. Once, it happened as such
that the flock had flown a long distance and all the doves got tired. The king
of doves encouraged the doves to fly a little more. One of the doves picked up
pace and found some rice grains scattered under a banyan tree.
All the doves were happy to find the food and happily landed on the ground. As soon as they began to eat the grains, a huge net fall over them and all of them got trapped. The doves fluttered their wings desperately trying to come out, but it was of no avail. Just then, they saw the hunter coming towards them. He appeare... Read More
Once upon a time, when the Field-Mouse was out gathering wild beans for the winter, his neighbor, the Buffalo, came down to graze in the meadow. This the little Mouse did not like, for he knew that the other would mow down all the long grass with his prickly tongue, and there would be no place in which to hide. He made up his mind to offer battle like a man.
"Ho, Friend Buffalo, I challenge you to a fight! "he exclaimed in a small, squeaking voice.
The Buffalo paid no attention, thinking it only a joke. The Mouse angrily repeated the challenge, and still his enemy went on quietly grazing. Then the little Mouse laughed with contempt a... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived two friends in the shade of a
rock. It would sound strange, but one of them was a lion and the other was a
tiger. They were friends since their childhood. They knew each other from the
time, when they were too small to understand the difference between the lions
and the tigers. Thus, their friendship was not at all strange to them.
Moreover, the part of the mountain under which they lived was peaceful; it could be due to the presence of a monk who lived under the same rock. He was a hermit, one who lives far away from worldly affairs. One day, the two friends got into a stupid argument for some unknown reason. The Tiger said,” Everyone kno... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived an Elephant by the name of
Karpuratilaka in a forest. He was brutal and haughty by nature. He used to roam
in the forest without restraint. All the animals of the forest were afraid of
this wild Elephant. Without any purpose, he used to pull down the trees and
ripped the branches. In this way, he destroyed innumerable nests with eggs and
crushed the nestlings under his massive feet.
In short, he had created all round chaos in the forest. Fierce animals like Lions and Tigers also kept themselves at a safe distance from this Elephant. Once it happened that he destroyed the burrows of the jackals in his merciless stroll. This action of Elepha... Read More
Once, there was a jackal in a forest by the name of
Chandaraka. One day, Chandaraka, driven by hunger, went to a nearby village in
search of food. He was extremely hungry. Unfortunately, he met a group of dogs
and they started chasing him. The jackal got frightened and fled in panic. He
entered a washer man’s house in a hurry. While trying to hide himself, the
jackal slipped and fell into a tub full of blue color, which the washer man had
kept ready to dye the clothes.
Soon the bark of the dogs ceased and jackal came out of the tub. There was a big mirror fixed on the wall of the house. Jackal saw himself in the mirror and was surprised to see his blue colored body. He... Read More
Once upon a time, there was a poor Brahmin named Haridatta.
He used to work hard in the fields, but could not get the result out of it. One
day, after the tiring working hours, he laid down in the shade of the tree, in
the middle of the field. Just then, he saw a terrible snake with a big hood
coming out of an anthill. The poor Brahmin thought that the serpent might be
the guardian deity of the field and he had not paid homage to it for once. This
could be the reason for the barrenness of the field.
Instantly, he went to bring some milk and offered the milk to the serpent in a bowl. While offering the milk with due regard, he addressed the serpent, “O, Guardian of this... Read More
Once upon a time, there stood a huge banyan tree on the
outskirts of a small village. In this, tree there lived a pair of crows with
their young ones. One day, a snake came to live in the hole at the bottom of
the tree. The crows were not happy at the arrival of the snake, but they could
After a few days, the female crow hatched a few more eggs and some more baby crows were born. When the crows went out in search of food, the snake crawled up the tree and ate up the babies. When the crows came back, they could not locate their babies. They chased high and low, but to no avail. The crows were full of grief on the sad loss of their young ones.
After... Read More
Once upon a time, some people from a certain town went into
a forest for an excursion. They want to enjoy the holiday to its fullest. They
took baskets full of eatables with them. They ate all the meat they had brought
with them till the noon time. They didn’t leave anything for the dinner and
suddenly realized that what they would eat in the dinner. They wanted to enjoy
the vacation and without proper food, it was quite impossible.
One of the men said, “There is no need to worry. I will bring some fresh meat. We will make a fire here and roast it. It will be a great fun too”. After saying this, he took a club and went to the lake. He knew that the animals would come t... Read More
Both the spider and the silk worm spin silk. One day the spider said, "I admit your silk is better than the silk from the spider, your silk is both yellow and white, dazzling and bright. You use the silk that you spin yourself, to make a beautiful cocoon, then live inside thinking falsely you are kings.
In your little cocoon you wait until the women put you in scalding hot water and peel your silk off strand by strand. Then your beautiful cocoons are all gone. What a shame, though you have the ability to create such beauty, then die because of it, is this not stupid ?"
The silk worm thinking about what the spider said, answered, "Our actions are ac... Read More
Ni i ko i ce kanyi su fe, ni dugu jera i na ye
Translation: If you say you are beautiful at night, when daylight comes you will be seen.
On the edge of the desert a beautiful but vain young girl named Mee-An lived with her parents and her magical younger sister, Assa.
Mee-an was looking for a perfect husband. She could not bear the thought of a man who bore a single scratch, scar, or blemish on any part of his
body. "I am so beautiful, I deserve someone as perfect as I am," she told her sister.
Suitors seeking Mee-An's hand in marriage came from far and wide offering her parents cola nuts.... Read More
Foolish Anansi thought he could trick a fisherman into doing his work for him. "Let's go fishing," he suggested.
"Very well," said the fisherman, who was clever and quite wise to Anansi's tricks. "I'll make the nets and you can get tired for me."
"Wait," said Anansi, "I'll make the nets and you can get tired for me!" Anansi made nets as his friend pretended to be tired. They caught four fish.
The fisherman said, "Anansi, you take these. I'll take tomorrow's catch. It might be bigger."
Greedily imagining the next day's catch, Anansi said, "No, you take these and I'll take tomorrow's fish."
But the next day, the nets were rotting away... Read More
Once upon a time, there lived a washer man in a village. He
possessed a thin donkey by the name of Udhata. The donkey used to work for the
washer man and carry loads of clothes to the river bank by the day. The donkey
was not satisfied with the food that was provided by the washer man. In the nights,
he usually wandered in the fields nearby and ate the crops stealthily.
One night, he met a jackal and made friends with him. Both went out in search of food. They found a field full of cucumbers and had them to their full. They were happy to found a nice place for their food and decided that they would come daily to eat cucumbers. Now daily, they came to the field to have c... Read More