A peacock which had a quarrel with other members of its group decided to quit them and live alone. The peacock went looking for a safe place to live which it found near the river where there were lots of bushes and some tall trees. The place was inhabited by a lone crane with a broken wing. As the sun set, the peacock flew and settled on a tree branch to sleep for the night while the crane rested on the ground below.
The peacock which slept, was woken up by the sounds of the jungle like the rustling of tree leaves or the call of the cricket's. The peacock which previously lived as a group never felt these sounds disturbing . However, living alone it felt these sounds disturbing and couldn't sleep well. The peacock which intermittently slept and woke-up observed that the crane on the ground below slept well throughout the night. The next night was no different while the peacock kept waking up after falling asleep, the crane would sleep peacefully. The next morning the peacock asked the crane how it was able to sleep without being disturbed by the sounds of the forest and was it not afraid of sleeping on the ground where it was more likely to be attacked by predators.
The crane paused and kind of contemplated on the peacock's question for sometime and said ever since it injured its wing, it lost its ability to fly, its friends and the rest of the flock had migrated away, and was leading a lonely life and cared little about predators attacking at night, much less, the sounds of the forest disturbing its sleep. The crane added "Unlike me, you not able to sleep has more to do with you wanting to live, and from my experience there was no life in living alone".
The peacock pondered on the crane's answer and thought it was foolish on its part to have quit its group over a silly quarrel and went back looking for them.
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.
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.
A crow, lazy and cunning, was building its nest and found it lazy to gather dry leaves and twigs from different places to build its nest. As it flew around it saw an eagle's nest with lots of dry grass and twigs under the eggs, and the eagle away from its nest. The sight of so many dry leaves all in one place, tempted the crow to steal them from the nest, despite the inherent risk of the eagle returning to its nest anytime. Using the eagle's absence to its advantage, the crow flew to the nest and was about to take all the dry leaves for itself, when the eagle arrived and settled in its nest. The eagle asked the crow what it was doing near its nest. The crow taken aback by the sudden arrival of the eagle, quickly made-up a story and said, “I was looking after your nest as it was unguarded"
"Why" asked the eagle.
The crow said, " I was building my own nest nearby, and happened to see your eggs unguarded in the nest and thought i should look after it till your return."
The unsuspecting eagle took the crow's words at face value and picked a few dry leaves from its nest and gave it to the crow as a sign of gratitude. As the crow took the leaves and flew to its place it murmured "only a few leaves?, must be a shameless selfish eagle."
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.