Sunday, April 29, 2012

First, Know Yourself

An old green grasshopper was resting on some grass on the ground, when a young grasshopper came flying and settled nearby. The young grasshopper was panting, frightened and paranoid. It was constantly being chased by one predator or another, however was lucky to escape every time. On seeing the other grasshopper sitting quietly without a worry in the world, the young grasshopper wondered how it was so calm and asked the old grasshopper if it was not afraid of becoming a prey for some frog or lizard, if not how it avoided being chased by predators. 

The old grasshopper woke up from its slumber, looked at the young grasshopper and said,” You need to learn a lot of things to avoid being seen, first know that you are a brown grasshopper and you should never sit on anything coloured ... ”.

Even before the grasshopper can finish its reply a frog sprang and carried away the young brown grasshopper which was sitting on green grass.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Little Bravado

A little elephant part of a large herd of elephants was in the habit of frightening and chasing other animals for fun. The little elephant would run and scare away the monkeys, deers and other animals that it came across and felt very proud exercising its bravado, and when they ran scared, its pleasure was unbound.

Once the little elephant happened to stray from its herd and was roaming the forest looking for its herd when it saw a group of deer resting under a tree and tried to frighten the deers by running through them. However the deers hardly paid any attention to the little elephant and ignored it. The little elephant was surprised and disappointed by the deers reaction and went away looking for its herd. It then came across a group of monkeys on a tree and again it tried its best to frighten them, however the monkeys in return frightened the little elephant with their antics, that it was the little elephant which ran away scared. Later the little elephant came across a group of fox and again tried to run through them, this time all the foxes surrounded the little elephant and prepared for an attack. The little elephant was puzzled that instead of running away scared the foxes were preparing to attack it. In desperation the little elephant gave out a loud cry for help and hoped it would be heard by its heard.

The little elephant's cry was answered in no time as it heard a loud cry back from its herd. Inspired by the presence of its herd nearby the little elephant again tried to scare away the foxes and this time the foxes left the place fearing the elephant herd nearby. On seeing the foxes run, the little elephant felt humbled when it realised that its bravado works only when it was part of its herd - when it least needed it and not when it was alone and needed it the most.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On Which Side Is The Grass Greener ?

A deer lost its way and happened to stray into a village. As it wandered around looking for a way back into the forest it saw some pumpkins in a farm. The deer had never seen a pumpkin before in the forest and was curious to know what it was. It hesitatingly tasted a pumpkin and found it to be very tasty. It roamed around further and entered a banana farm. The deer had never seen a banana before, and as it ate one, it liked its sweet taste. It roamed around further and saw a domesticated cow eating a banana under a tree. The deer thought the cow was very lucky, that it gets to eat such tasty food regularly.
The cow which saw the deer roaming around the farm thought the deer must be very lucky to able to move around freely at will rather than being tied to a pole.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Fox Of Foxes

The fox was hunting for rabbits in that part of the forest where bushes were abundant and trees scarce , its hunt which started in the morning ended mid day with a large full grown rabbit . It then put the rabbit on a rock and began to prepare the rabbit by tearing away the skin from flesh . When it finally began to eat. A much larger fox darted at the fox and tried to grab the meat. The two foxes fought for a long time, however no one emerged victorious and claimed the meat for them selves. The first fox them proposed a contest. It pointed towards a tree at the far end and said that the two foxes run simultaneously to the tree and the one who makes it back first would get the rabbits meat. The second fox which was larger than the other thought it could easily win the race and agreed to the challenge. As the race began, the second fox was way ahead of the first one.
Midway, suddenly, the trailing fox stopped and ran in the opposite direction towards the rabbit meat, while the other fox was still running towards the tree on the horizon.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Snake's Big Meal

The snake looking for food heard croaking of frogs at a distance and moved in that direction. By the river it saw a frog sitting on a rock and croaking loudly. Moving stealthly, the snake positioned itself behind the frog, raised its head and readied itself for the strike and was about to attack, when it saw another frog join the first one and both were croacking loudly looking at the river. The snake on seeing the second frog thought it should wait for some more time and expected more frogs would join them, and dreamt of a big meal. Just as it was dreaming of a big meal, both the frogs jumped and disappeared into the river. The snake cursed itself for its wishful thinking.