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LIGHTNING A STICK IS USEFUL CHEEKU THE TRADER AND THE DONKEY
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by Manohar Chamoli 'Manu'
UCY WAS a clever cat. She often said, “There is no one as smart as me. King lion also takes advice from me.” But the animals were in trouble with Lucy's cleverness. They knew her crookedness and dishonesty. One day, when the animals were sitting at a meeting, squirrel said to the rabbit, “Lucy is very clever but her cleverness is of no good. She only does everything for her benefit.” The cow retorted to goat, “She is not clever but selfish.” Suddenly, the Ratu Mouse spoke, “There is no use discussing
her and talking about her. We will have to teach her a lesson. If we are together, we can cut her into size.” Everyone promised support to the mouse. The mouse described his plan to all. They were all happy with the scheme. They made it sure that Lucy would not know about the plan. One day, when Lucy was going to the pond to drink water, she met the cow who said, “Lucy, you and the lion are of the same family. But the lion is the king of the forest and you? You are his subordinate, though you are cleverer than him.”
ucy was surprised to listen to this and moved on towards the pond. She put her head in it. There was a tortoise. He was terrified, “Is it Lucy? I was frightened. Your shadow in the pond appeared that of a lion. I was almost dead. You were looking like the lion.” When Lucy was returning, she saw a herd of deer grazing. Seeing Lucy, one of them shouted, “Run, the lion is prowling.” Lucy called out, “Don't run. I am Lucy Cat.” But by then the deer had vanished. Lucy reached her house. A donkey was grazing there. She asked him, “Brother donkey, tell me honestly, how do I look?” The donkey looked carefully at the cat for some time and then innocently said, “You look good, what else?” “O, I mean whom do I look like? Can you compare me to anyone?” The donkey again replied carelessly, “I am a
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donkey. I don't have so much brain. But Lucy dear, you may be small in size but your mind is very big. You are terribly quick. I wish had such quickness and I would have been the king of the jungle. But one thing for sure is that if I had my way, I would have made you the king of the jungle,” and the donkey left. Lucy was on the seventh sky. She started comparing herself with the lion. The mouse arrived and said to the cat, “You are the talk of the town, Lucy. Everyone in the jungle considers you the most clever animal around. Now you only compete with the lion and he is very powerful. He drinks lots of milk daily. You too must have milk. Wherever you see milk in any house, you must drink it away stealthily. There is no need to tell
anything to anyone. If you want, we can help you become the king.” Lucy was fooled. She decided that she would go houses and do as advised. At the slightest opportunity she would enter any house and drink away the milk. Everyone now was angry with Lucy's acts. Many times she was caught having milk but she could not help giving it up. The King came to know about it. Lucy was produced in the court. She could not give reasons for stealing milk. What could she have said? The mouse alleged, “Your Majesty, I will tell you. Actually, Lucy is aiming at your throne. She wants to be the king. She wants to become powerful like you by drinking all the milk.”
earing this, the king lion first laughed and then roared loudly, “Deceit with the king! You fool, lions don't drink milk. Now listen to me. From now you and your generations will have to drink milk by stealing it all your life. Your class will never be loyal. “Now get out from here and don't ever show me your face.” Lucy came back with a hung face. All were laughing at her foolishness. As the court finished and all came out, Lucy growled, “You mouse, I will eat you up. All this was your planning.” The mouse was scared and he hid inside his burrow. Since then the cat is the enemy of the mouse. The cat still drinks milk stealthily.
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LIGHTNING FROM THE SKY CAUSES LOT OF LOSS TO HUMAN LIVES EVERY YEAR.
BY SHIRAZ MUJAWAR
CLOUDS IN THE RAINY SEASON ARE THE MASSIVE STORE OF MAGNETIC POWER.
THE UPPER LAYERS OF THE CLOUDS CARRY POSITIVE.ELECTRICAL CHARGE., WHEREAS THE LOWER LAYERS OF THE CLOUDS CARRY NEGATIVE ELECTRICAL CHARGE.
THE NEGATIVE ELECTRICAL CHARGE TRIES TO GO DOWN TOWARDS THE EARTH.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RAINSTORM, THEN WHERE WOULD YOU FIND A SHELTER? IS IT SAFE TO BE UNDER A TREE OR TO BE IN A VEHICLE?
THE LIGHTNING FROM THE SKY TRIES TO SEEP IN THROUGH THE EARTH AND GETS TO THE POTENTIALLY THE GOOD CONDUCTORS OF ELECTRICITY WHICH THE TREES.ATTRACTED.
... AND IF THE LIGHTNING STRIKES THE VEHICLE, THE ELECTRIC CURRENT WILL PASS THROUGH THE METAL TOP OF THE VEHICLE. THUS WE WILL BE RATHER SAFER BY BEING INSIDE THE VEHICLE THAN BEING UNDER THE TREE.
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by Om Prakash Kshatriya
HICHI BIRD was very sad this time too. “What happened, sister?” Cheeku Rabbit asked Chichi. “Nothing brother,” Chichi said. “You call me brother and don't want to tell the cause of your worry. Surely, there is something that you don't want to tell me.” Chichi was quiet. Cheeku suggested, “Maybe I can help you?” Chichi thought that she might find some solution by telling her problem to Cheeku. So she said, “Brother Cheeku, I am worried because this time I have laid eggs.” “This is good news,” Cheeku was excited, “chicks will come out of them and you will become a mother.” “But it does not happen like that?” Chichi had tears in her eyes. “Why? If you have laid eggs, chicks will come out.” “Everytime Sonu Snake eats my eggs away.” “What?” Cheeku was surprised. “He dares so much? We will have to teach him a lesson.” Chichi felt encouraged, “Will I be able to keep my eggs safe this time?” “Yes, why not, sister?” Cheeku consoled. “When will your brother be of help to you.” “Well, how will you stop that wicked snake?” “I will tell you,” Cheeku said. “First, you tell me how does that wicked snake reach your eggs?” Pointing out towards the hole in the tree, she said, “He lives here. Climbing the tree from here, he reaches my nest and eats away the eggs.” “Well, do as I tell you. Get a plastic string from somewhere.”
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Chichi quickly went and got a plastic string. “Take.” Chichi giving it to Cheeku she asked, “Now what will you do of it?” “Keep watching,” Cheeku said. Then he tied one end of the string to a root of the tree. Making a noose from the other end, he placed it at the mouth of the hole of the tree. “Now the trap is ready,” Cheeku said. Chichi asked, “Now what will happen with this?” “Sonu will not be able to reach your nest,” Cheeku said. But Chichi still did not understand anything. She did not understand, how Sonu could be stopped with the string. “I did not understand, brother Cheeku.” Cheeku said, “You will know it just now. First, let Sonu come out of the hole and proceed towards the nest. Then see.” “Ok,” Chichi replied and was very excited about her eggs. Sonu got the hint by seeing Chichi very chirpy and bright. Taking out his head first from the hole he started climbing the tree in the hope of having a feast. Seeing this, Chichi got petrified. “Brother, Sonu is advancing towards me,” Chichi shouted. “Don't worry. Now go and pull the string,” Cheeku said. Chichi did as she was told. She quickly went and pulled the string. The noose tightened at the tail of Sonu.
But still Sonu kept moving ahead. As Sonu was proceeding forwards, the noose was tightening. Sonu stopped after going a little further. He was not able to move ahead. When he turned around and looked, he was shocked. “Oh! What is that?” He was already trapped in the noose. Sonu tried his best to come out of the noose but could not. Finally, he had to return to the hole. This way Chichi's eggs were safe from which pretty chicks came out. Chichi would often tell her chicks the plan made by her brother Cheeku to save them. They happily listened to her. But till today they did not know what happened of Sonu Snake.
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Selected 5 Candidates-Shivendra Pratap Singh Parmar, Kota (Rajasthan). Raghav, Kota (Rajasthan). Vishal Anand, Patna (Bihar). Amit Jain, Mysore (Karnataka). Pankaj Kumar, Hanumangarh (Rajasthan).
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by Om Prakash Kshatriya
HUCHU MOUSE was very mischievous. His mother would always say, “Son, it is not good to make so much mischief all the
time.” “I love making mischief, mother,” he would reply. “Look at your brother Chichi, how cool he is,” mother compared. “Yes, that is why I have saved him so many times from Binny Aunty,” Chuchu reminded. “Because of this mischief I have been able to save myself also from Binny many times. Ask Chichi how many times I have saved him too?” “ Y e s m o t h e r , brother is r i g h t , ” C h i c h i seconded and said to Chuchu,
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“Come on brother, let us go out and play.” And they both went out. Chuchu never ran straight. He would sometimes climb the wall and somtimes take a leap from a boulder. Chichi, on the other hand would run straight but he would often lag behind in the process of watching Chuchu. “What happened Chichi, you have again lost?” Chuchu commented. “I was looking at your stunts, brother,” Chichi said. “How interesting was your jumping from the boulder taking 2 turns.” Then halting for some time, he spoke again, “Aren't you frightened doing these things, brother?” “Fright? What does that mean?” Chuchu again took a leap while glancing at Chichi. He did not realise that there was a pool where he was jumping. He straight fell into the pit. He could not balance and hold himself straight because there was plain ground earlier where this pool now existed which he did not realise. He fell on his feet that got sprained. He quickly got up but to his utter surprise, he could not stand. The sprain was bad and the feet had swollen.
ow will he come out now? For once he was nervous but after a moment he thought that getting scared would not help. He will have to try. So he tried to climb the pool wall. But because of swelling in the feet, he could not climb.
Suddenly, he heard Chichi, “Don't be scared, brother.” Throwing a thick rope from near a basil shrub Chichi said, “Every time you save me when I was in trouble. “Today I will pull you out from the pool and save you.” “Wow! My tiger,” Chuchu encouraged Chichi. Throwing the rope on the branch of basil shrub, he hung it into the pool. Then he said to Chuchu, “Now brother, tie the rope around.” Chuchu did the same and then stood on the ring of the rope. “Good, now I will tie a stone to one end of the rope.” “Why?” Chuchu asked. “This is my lift. I will now drop the stone tied to the lift into the pit, and pull the rope from here.” Dropping the stone in the pit he said, “Both the stone’s weight and my weight will pull
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you up from that side like a lift.” And Chichi pulled Chuchu out by pulling the rope. Coming out of the pool Chuchu said, “Honestly, Chichi, today you have proved that you are my brother,” and both left for home. Chichi was happy but Chuchu felt that mother would get angry at his mischief. But it was a mother's heart. On seeing her son's sprained foot, she treated it lovingly and said, “That is why dear I say, it is not good to make so much mischief.” “Don't worry mother, I am there,” Chichi assured and everyone laughed loudly. Chuchu too could not stop bursting out in laughter.
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HIS TIME Aryan invited all his friends to visit his village. His grandmother lived in a small coastal village named Sherpur. Grandmother welcomed Aryan and Anisha along with their friends Harsh and Meet. They got to savour delicious dishes made by grandmother after a long time. “Wow! Grandmother, this rice dish made by you is out of the world. I feel like
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eating it over and over again,” Meet said. Grandmother insisted, “Have some more.” “You do not know grandmother, what a glutton Meet is. You will get tired of serving but he will not get tired of eating.” “All are jealous of me grandmother, is not it?” Meet miffed. After meals, Aryan took them to meet Kishore and Geeta. “O Aryan! How happy we are to see you in the village after so many years,” Kishore expressed his happiness. “Me too,” Aryan replied. “Let us go swimming in that same old lake.” “Don't talk of that place. Nobody goes there now,” Geeta crossed her fingers. “Why, what is wrong?” Aryan asked. he brakes of a tanker passing from near the lake failed and it met with a terrible accident. All the chemical loaded on it seeped into the lake water. “Since then the lake water has become poisonous. There is a notice board standing, saying that water of the lake is prohibited from drinking and swimming.” “Did anyone in the village see the accident that took place?” “No. The owners of the tank quickly got it lifted overnight. Next morning, they left after warning the villagers and putting up this notice board.” “Well, then we can surely go to the nearby ground to play cricket,” and everyone agreed. At night Aryan was thinking about the lake. “Such a big accident and no one saw? I doubt the accident itself.”
The next day Aryan went to the lake. He carried a glass bottle and filling some lake water into it, returned. The next day, Aryan said to all his friends, “I am going to bathe in Sona Lake today,” all were surprised. “Don't be surprised, the lake water is not poisonous. I had sent the water for checking to the lab in town. “Here is the medical report which I have got this morning by post. It clearly states that the water is clear of any lethal chemicals.” “Then why did they tell lies to us?” Geeta asked. “This is exactly what we have to find out, friends. What can be the purpose of keeping the
villagers away from the lake?” Aryan and Harsh came to the bank of the lake in the afternoon. Everything was still. Aryan looked around for some proofs.
uddenly, his eyes went on a packet that was stuck in the bushes. Aryan pulled out the packet and returned with Harsh. Coming to his room, Aryan opened the packet in front of all friends. “O, they look like parts of some machine,” Harsh guessed. “But what machine?” Harsh was inquisitive. For the next half an hour, Aryan and his friends were busy solving the puzzle. Aryan tried to somehow join the parts together. He had barely been able to join 2-3 of them when he jumped, “I have understood what it is.” “What?” all asked. “These are all pieces of a rifle. Probably AK-47. I have seen photographs of this rifle in newspapers and magazines.” Everyone was shocked. “I was apprehensive from the beginning that someone is making his own fortune by making a fool of the villagers by keeping them away from the lake.” Then Aryan packed the things as they were and started explaining his plan to everyone. The 4 friends surrounded the lake as evening approached. They hid in the nearby bushes. It was pindrop silence till 1 o’clock at night. But then they heard a faint grinding noise. (To be continued.)
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A STICK IS USEFUL
BY VENU VARIATH
ONCE THERE LIVED A RABBIT NAMED CHIMPU. ONE DAY, HE WAS GOING TO THE TOWN TO MEET HIS UNCLE. THEN– EH! THAT’S MY FRIEND– THE BEAR
MY DEAR FRIEND, I AM VERY HUNGRY. WILL YOU PLEASE GIVE ME SOMETHING TO EAT?
A STICK? THAT’S USELESS!
I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING FOR YOU TO EAT. BUT, I CAN GIVE YOU THIS STICK.
EH! HE HAS GONE. ANYWAY, HE HAS GIVEN THIS TO ME AS GIFT. I WILL KEEP IT.
THE RABBIT WALKED FURTHER. THEN–
SOON, THE RABBIT PLUCKED SOME MANGOES WITH THE HELP OF THE STICK.
HAI, MANGOES, LUCKY THAT I AM HAVING THIS STICK.
CHIMPU ATE THE MANGOES AND SATISFIED HIS HUNGER. SUDDENLY, VEERU FOX CAME THAT WAY.
EN! I MUST GET AWAY SOON.
CHIMPU RAN AWAY. THE FOX RAN AFTER HIM.
I MUST CROSS THIS CANAL. LUCKY THAT I AM HAVING THIS STICK.
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ALAS! HE ESCAPED.
I NEED NOT BE AFRAID OF THE FOX ANYMORE.
SUDDENLY, THE RABBIT HEARD A VOICE.
FRIENDS, WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
RABBIT UNCLE! RABBIT UNCLE!
WE WANT TO CROSS THIS CANAL. CAN YOU HELP US BY MAKING A BRIDGE?
THE RABBIT MADE A BRIDGE, USING THE STICK GIVEN BY THE BEAR. THANK YOU, RABBIT UNCLE.
A STICK IS ALSO VERY USEFUL.
by Tapan Susheel
OME CALVES of Rocky Giraffe were playing basketball on a court of a stadium in Mangalpur jungle. This stadium was recently built by King Shera for his animals. He had a great love for sports and particularly for basketball. So he built a modern basketball court and named the court as the Michael Jordon Basketball Court after his hero’s name legendary Michael Jordon. Since it was the only of its kind in entire kingdom of the woods, the animals of the jungle had come to watch the game in curiosity every evening. One day, when children of Rocky were playing basketball on the court, rowdy Micky Monkey and his some friends sitting on a mango tree were watching the game wih a nasty intention of disturbing the game. So Micky jumped on the court during the game session and snatched the basketball off from the children and went back to the summit again to sit there along with other monkeys. Rocky and other animals repeated requests with Micky to return the ball to them. But Micky turned down their request in shameless manner. The environment that was filled with immense excitement little earlier, now had turned completely into an unpleasant situation there. They were not able to concentrate on the idea about how the ball was to be returned. The poor animals even did not have the extra ball. Meanwhile, monkeys were tossing the ball among their friends and passing it to all just to torment the animals that how they are happy with playing their ball. If any animal would proceed
towards then in a hope that the ball might drop off from their hands and they picked it up instantly, the nasty monkeys would bite the ball to tease them badly. Thanks to their luck that Bholu Bear reached the stadium at that time. “Hey children, the king asked me to visit the stadium to know whether our animals did reach here regularly or not in the evening for play. So I came to you,” said Bholu. “You animals, what is the matter. Why you are not playing the basketball?” he questioned. Mona Dear, who was standing next to Bholu, narrated him all troubles of Micky and his group and narrated how they usurped their ball. “Children, no problem at all. The rascals know only the language of might not of the love. Until these rascals are not beaten up, they would not refrain from such wrongdoing,” said Bholu. “But Bholu uncle, how it would be possible to teach them a lesson,” asked all the animals jointly.
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“Don’t worry I check it, let me think over it.” Bholu replied. After few seconds, Bholu brought out his mobile from a pocket of his coat and dialled the number of his friends, Robert langur. “Robert, you have to come to stadium at once. Listen, there is rowdy Micky and some other monkeys sitting on the mango tree with a ball that they has snatched from the animals playing the basketball. See, you have to nab them,” communicated Bholu.
fter some time, even the animals could not figure out when Robert came there. They only learnt his arrival when they heard deep crying of Micky and his fellow friends. Robert, a giant langur, had cought Micky and his one friend and after slapping them heavily one by one on the tree for some time, brought them down with the ball from the tree. Reaching on the ground, he tossed the ball towards the animals but tied Micky’s tail with his friend tightly. This led the both to a very odd and uncomfortable situation. As one moved ahead in their head’s direction simultaneously, other had to be dragged towards the head of the first but by from his back side. So, it created a thick environment of laughter on the zigzag movement of poor Micky and his friend. Both folded hands and were asking to set them free anyhow. The scene had changed into a great amusement for the animals there. “Hey fellow animals, let them live alone to be here for ever in this position. It is only treatment of wicked persons,” saying this, all animals flocked with Bholu towards the jungle thanking Robert langur for delivering a good lesson to Micky and his group.
Pan and the Br ead
HE half-baked bread was feeling proud sitting on the black pan. ‘How lucky the pan is who gets to keep such a flower-like delicate bread sit in its lap,’ the bread thought. The pan kept
observing the happy bread. He thought, 'How simple the bread is. If I want, I can burn her or flatten her unbaked by not providing her heat.' One day, the bread smiled at the pan and said, “In spite of being so dark, you still keep smiling. You are great.” “Yes,” the pan said humbly, “it is my nature. Similarly, like you keep bloated with pride of beauty.” “I am surely beautiful like a full moon. I have a reason. “But you are as dark as coal. How do you keep smiling?” “I smile because having got baked on me you kill people’s hunger. I have a big responsibility. Is not it?” “You are wrong. Anyone can do this. What a fool you are,” the bread rebuked. may be a fool but I will not tell a lie. No pot or pan can bake you so well as I can. In mild fire I heat you so well that people love eating you.” “Can't I be baked so well without you?” the bread asked irritatedly. She turned around asking the pot and then commented, “That is why you keep smiling in pride.” “What pride? This is a small thing. “If I want, I can burn you black and ugly and flat like me.” “Oh, this is nonsense.” “Do I show you?” and telling something to the fire, he turned terribly hot. The bread was burnt badly. The pan again
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cooled down. This time the second bread on the pan shrinked in the absence of adequate heat. The bloated bread kept in the plate looked surprisingly at the shrinked one. It actually happened as the pan had said. The bread uttered shyly, “Good, that I asked you the reason for your smile. “I now realise the sacrifice you make for me by burning yourself in fire. I am no one.” “You fool you are still far away from the truth,” the black pan said. “Nothing in this world happens by itself. Everything happens with the help of others. If the fire was not there, how would I become hot. If the blacksmith did not make me, how would I have baked bread. “This way we all work with one another’s help and become friends for ever.” “And we will be friends,” the bread too smiled. “Thanks for explaining this to me.” “Ok naughty girl,” and with happiness the pan helped the bread to bloat 4 times its size.
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LL THE animals lived in Champakvan amicably. One day, a hunter came to the jungle. He laid the trap and poor Sonam Sparrow was trapped in the trap. She pleaded, “Please do not kill me. If you will let me go, then I will give you a diamond.” The hunter was delighted at the offer and he almost jumped with happiness. He tied a string in the sparrow's feet and said, ”You go to your nest and bring the diamond and then I will set you free.” The sparrow flew to her nest and brought a diamond for the hunter. The hunter became greedy to see such a beautiful diamond. He said, “I will set you free, but you have to give 4 such diamonds.” Sonam Sparrow was in tears to hear hunter's demand. She said, “But I have only 2 diamonds as of now. Please take these diamonds and let me go.” The hunter’s mind was filled with greed. He
thought, 'Let me take her 2 diamonds first. Then I won't set her free. As a result she will give all the diamonds on her own. The hunter tied her legs firmly with the thread and set her free. The sparrow flew away to Kalu Snake who lived in the hole in the tree and told him everything in detail. Kalu Snake whispered something in the ear of Sonam Sparrow. The sparrow then returned emptyhanded .The hunter was infuriated to see her without any diamonds. Sonam tried to calm him down and said, “You please do not get angry. You will certainly get 4 diamonds instead of 2, as demanded by you. You have a look at the diamonds which are in the hole of my tree.” The hunter was instantly delighted. He set her to freedom. Sonam Sparrow fluttered her wings and flew away to her nest. The hunter happily went near the tree. But the moment he put his hand in the hole to take out the diamonds, Kalu Snake attacked the hunter's hand with a loud hiss. The hunter was scared to death. Somehow, he managed to escape never to return again. Sonam Sparrow alighted from her nest, Kalu Snake too emerged from his hole. They both peeled into laughter to see the hunter running head over his heels to save his life.
CHEEKU AND MEEKU STARTED RUNNING WHEN THEY SAW THE FOX. THE FOX TOO STARTED CHASING THEM.
HOW FAR WILL WE RUN? COME FAST, LET US CLIMB THIS TREE.
THEY BOTH CLIMBED THE TREE. THE FOX TOO CAME OVER AND SAT UNDER THE TREE. OH GOD! THIS FOX HAS COME HERE AND SAT UNDER THIS TREE. NOW WHAT SHALL WE DO? NOW, SOMEHOW, WE HAVE TO SHOO THIS FOX AWAY.
HOWSOEVER LOUD WE MAY SHOUT TOGETHER, THIS FELLOW IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY.
WHO IS GOING TO HEAR US SHOUTING FOR HELP? IT IS ONLY THE WOODPECKERS' KIDS WHO ARE SHOUTING UP ON THE TREE.
CHEEKU BEGAN TO SILENCE THE WOODPECKERS' KIDS.
CHEEKU GAVE SOME CHOCOLATES TO THE WOODPECKERS' KIDS AND THEY BECAME QUIET.
MAYBE THEY WERE HUNGRY. INSTEAD OF BEING BOTHERED TO SAVE HIMSELF, HE IS ALL UP TO SILENCE THE WOODPECKERS' KIDS.
THANKS, CAN I BE OF ANY HELP TO YOU?
SURE, SOMEHOW PLEASE DRIVE AWAY THIS FOX FROM THIS PLACE.
WITHIN NO TIME THE WOODPECKER CUT ONE OF THE BRANCHES OF THE TREE WITH HIS STRONG BEAK. THE HUGE BRANCH FELL ON THE FOX AND HE FELL UNCONSCIOUS. MEEKU, LET US RUN BEFORE THE FOX REGAINS CONSCIOUSNESS.
OKAY, LET US SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.
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The aim of the game is to destroy the terrorists’ bunkers in the hills. You can begin the game when you get 1 on your dice. If you do not have a dice, then pick up your Champak magazine. Now with your eyes closed open the magazine. Count and move boxes as per the last digit of the right hand side page number such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Before starting the game each player has to select the colour of his choice. Maximum 4 players can play this game at one time. Please note : Injured — Leave 2 turns. Facing terrorist — Move when you get 5. Bullet Shot — Start again. Lobbing grenade — Move ahead 5 boxes. Bomb blast — Out of the game. While following the rules throughout the game, any player who reaches the ‘target’ first, shall be the winner.
Bomb blast. Bullet hit.
Bomb blast. Injured. Bomb blast.
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HIS TIME the king of Dejivan had specially invited reporter of Champak Times Cheeku Rabbit for the annual desert festival. Seeing the invitation card, Cheeku was very excited. 'Good, I will get to see camel festival and also interview Cammy Camel,' Cheeku thought and started preparing for the trip. It was winter and Cheeku landed Dejivan on the day the festival was starting. “Welcome to Dejivan, Cheeku,” shaking hands
Interview of Cammy Camel
by Shailendra Saraswati
with Cheeku Cammy camel said. “I am also glad to meet you Cammy, but it is quiet cold here. I used to think that deserts are always hot,” Cheeku was shivering with cold. “It is the specialty of a desert that it is as cold in winters as it is hot in summers. This is because sand gets hot and cold very quickly,” Cammy smiled and informed Cheeku. Surprised Cheeku asked, “Then how do you manage to stay in extreme hot and extreme cold in the desert?” “We camels are made for the desert, Cheeku. We are not affected at all by the heat because we can manage our body temperature according to the temperature outside. So even in the hottest seasons we are cool,” Cammy informed. “When I came here, I had great difficulty in walking on the sand but I see that all camels walk very easily on it, how?” Cheeku asked. “Have you noticed the difference in your feet and ours? Compared to other animals our feet are broad and cushiony which help maintain balance in the sand and they don't sink in it,” and he showed his feet.
efore Cheeku could question him any further, a camel came and informed Cammy that the festival had started. Cheeku along with Cammy proceeded towards the festival. The festival had been organised on a sand hilltop. Two humped camels had also come in the festival. Cammy introduced one of them to Cheeku. “He is my cousin Batty Bactrian Camel. He lives in cold regions and has come to take part in this
festival,” Cammy introduced Cheeku to Batty. Cheeku commented, “That is why they have wool on their humps,” and everyone laughed. It was evening and very cold but still Cheeku was enjoying the camels' dancing. “Here, take these dates and hot camel milk. This will provide warmth to you,” Cammy had called for dates and camel milk for Cheeku. Cheeku did as said. He was now actually feeling less cold. “Now I have so much strength that I can ask you thousand questions,” Cheeku said to Cammy. “Yes, why not? I will be happy to answer your questions.” Cammy sounded encouraging. “Then first tell me why were you moving your jaws constantly while watching the festival?” It was Cheeku's first question. “We camels' don't chew our food but collect it in a bag inside our mouth by swallowing it. Then while sitting idly, we bring it back in the mouth and crush them under our teeth.” “This means that before coming here the neem leaves that you had were collected in the bag and now you are chewing it,” Cheeku asked. “Yes, you are right,” Cammy smiled and answered. “There is another interesting thing related to our habit.” “What is it?” Cheeku was inquisitive. “We can stay without food for 7 days
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continuously. The hump on our back takes care of all the needs of our body for these 7 days. Not eating for a week makes our hump shrink.” Then Cheeku posed the second question, “Well Cammy, tell me whether you collect water too like you collect and then chew your food? “ “When thirsty we camels can drink 100 litres of water in 10 minutes. We have another bag in the stomach to collect water. In case of not getting water in the desert, we keep ourselves alive by drinking this collected water,” Cammy informed. Then looking at his eyes Cheeku asked, “You have such big eyes, how do you protect them from the dust storms of the desert?” Cammy replied, “Dear friend, if you have 3 guards to secure your home, no thief can dare enter your house.” A surprised Cheeku looked at Cammy, “But…. I
did not get you, Cammy.” “We have 3 layers on our eyes which protect our eyes from heat and sand. This way, nothing can harm them,” Cammy answered.
s Cheeku was about to ask the third question, Cammy's son Nami arrived. “Now my son Nami will inform you further,” Cammy said to Cheeku. More than eager to answer Nami said, “I will tell you all special things about us. “Wild camels walk with a speed of 5 miles per hour, whereas the domestic ones can run at the speed of 40 miles per hour. “We have about 34 teeth. “Our ears may be small but they have tremendous listening power. “We very easily search for water in the desert. “Our bodies have sufficient quantities of potassium, iron and vitamin. “Our total height is more than 7 feet. “A young camel weighs more than 100 kg, whereas a baby camel weighs only 40 kg. “For being able to walk in the desert easily and getting easily adapted to the hot and cold weather of the desert people call us 'Ship of the Desert.' “Last of all, we baby camels are without hump as you can see,” Nami showed his humpless back to Cheeku. Cheeku thanked Nami for so much informations and enjoyed the festival. He also took coloured photographs from his camera. Promising to return to the festival next year, Cheeku bid goodbye to Cammy and flew off to Champakvan.
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by Aparna Majumdar
Floods in Champakvan
T NIGHT Champakvan was completely silent as all the animals were tired after the whole day hardwork. They were sleeping in their homes. Tinu Owl and Champu Bat were guarding their group and the jungle. As Tinu Owl went and sat on his tree after taking a round of Champakvan, he heard loud noises. Hearing the sounds Tinu's wife Tina said, “It
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seems a bomb has exploded somewhere.” Tinu said, “No, it is not a bomb's sound. This comes from Champak Dam.” Suddenly, Tinu's mobile rang. He had switched it on. Champu Bat spoke from the other side, “Tinu, hurry up. Get Champakvan vacated as soon as possible.” “Why?” Tinu asked. “Champak Dam has given way. Water is gushing out with great speed. It seems, it will soon give way completely.” Listening to Champu, Tinu said to Tina, “Champak Dam is broken. We have to inform all animals as soon as possible so that they reach safe places.” In loud voices Tinu and Tina started warning
the animals, “Champak Dam has broken. Leave your houses and go to higher safer places as soon as possible.” Hearing the announcement, all animals packed their expensive things and eatables and started running towards safer places. Blacky Bear loaded a drum of honey on his back. Hari Deer took along with him a bag full of green grass. Pusy Cat too carried a bowl of cream with her and Chunni Fox ran with her makeup kit. All animals reached Champak hilltop and heaved a sigh of relief by reaching a safe place. In no time Champakvan was flooded. Suddenly, Blacky Bear realised that Munna Mouse and his family had not come. All the animals were worried too. Tinu and Tina went and looked into their colony but could not find them anywhere. All were very sad at the thought of the mouse's family. King Sher Singh who was present there said, “We are extremely sorry about losing our friends.” Champu Bat spoke, “There is no need to worry, Your Majesty. Munna Mouse's family is alive and safe.” “Alive?” the king was surprised. “Yes, Your Majesty, I have seen them on the pipal tree and I am going to save them,” Champu flew off with his friend Tinu. They pulled down the members of Munna Mouse's family from the tree and took them to
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Champak Hill one by one. Champakvan was flooded with water everywhere. Only Champak Hill was safe and was looking like a small island. All the big and small animals had collected on Champak Hill. Blacky Bear was sitting tight with his drum of honey. He thought, 'Good, that he got the drum with him. Now for some days he can feed on the honey.' Hari Deer and Pusy Cat were also sitting tight with their grass and bowl of cream respectively. Other animals did not have anything to eat. Little ones started weeping with hunger. Whatever others had, they gave to the children. Even after that the little ones would not be quiet. Blacky could not see children crying. He took out honey from the drum and started distributing to them. Hari Deer and Pusy Cat too did the same. King Sher Singh was very happy when he saw this. He commented, “Today all Champakvan is appearing like a family. Be courageous, this difficult time will also pass off.” By then all the animals saw eagles and crows hovering on the sky. The smaller animals got scared. They thought that the birds of prey would eat them up. But to their utter surprise, the eagles and crows started dropping food for the animals. The king of eagles came to the king and said, “Your Majesty, all this food has been sent as relief by animals of Satpura, Nandanvan and Sundervan.
They have sent a message that till the floods last, they will supply relief to all of you.” King Sher Singh said, “Convey my thanks to them that they have thought of helping us in times of difficulty.” A month's time passed waiting for the waters to recede. The crows and eagles kept supplying food and other essentials to the animals on the hilltop. Little sparrow along with her family kept giving medicines to them. Taking example from them the parrot, maina, cuckoo and other birds helped animals of Champakvan.
s the waters started receding, all animals started returning to their homes. A lot of damage was done with the breaking of Champak Dam. All animals were rendered homeless. All their clothes and food were swept away in the floods. The animals of nearby jungles helped Champakvan animals a lot during this time. In no time Champakvan again blossomed. King Sher Singh said, “In times of difficulty, if everyone helps one another, then all troubles vanish.”
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OR MANY days Julie Cat was behind Pintu Mouse. She wanted to eat him. But Pintu was a very clever mouse. He very easily made a fool of by Dr Rajiv Gupta Julie and slipped off everytime from her clutches. Julie would be left high and dry. After all, what could Julie do. Pintu was very intelligent. Whenever he would be caught by Julie, he would make such sweet talks that Julie would get carried away and then sensing opportunity, he would run away. One day, getting fed up Julie decided that she would not listen to Pintu at all and would just gobble him up at the first instance. Because of Pintu's smartness, she had become a butt of ridicule in Champakvan. Soon, Julie got a golden opportunity. One day, she climbed on to the terrace of the fourstoreyed house of Binny Bear. She
Julie was Left Gaping
was surprised to see that Pintu was coolly sitting there and eating uncle chips. The place was strewn with many empty packets. 'Oh, so he is enjoying a picnic here and I am searching for him in the entire Champakvan. I will teach him a lesson today,' Julie thought and quietly latched the door. Pintu heard the sound and looked at the stairs with worry. To his surprise, he saw that Julie was staring at him with anger. In fear Pintu could barely speak, “Good morning madam, would you like to have uncle chips?”
“You scoundrel! Today I will see how you escape. If I don't eat you on this lovely day, I will change my name,” Julie said, staring at him with anger and very carefully started advancing towards him. Pintu sensed that today he could not make a fool of Julie. He thought that he would have to think of some other way out or he was dead. His mind started working fast. Then thinking something, he picked up a polythene bag kept near him in which he had got some eatables. He held it tightly and ran towards the wall. Julie too ran behind him. She was sure that Pintu could not escape from his clutches. But the next moment she was shocked to see that Pintu jumped from the fourth floor on the road below.
ow he is surely dead. Has anyone remained alive by jumping from such height. It would have been better if he became my morsel,’ Julie thought and coming down on the overhanging wall, she tried to peep down. But Pintu could not be seen anywhere. She suddenly heard Pintu's voice, “I am here, madam.” Julie looked in front. Pintu was flying in the air with the polythene bag. He used the polythene bag as parachute as it got filled with air. He was coming down slowly. Julie was watching him with surprise. At the same time she was praising his courage and presence of mind. That day again Pintu escaped and Julie was left gaping.
Who Am I ?
1. Blue is my neck with crown on the head. Spreading my feathers and dancing is my passion. I am the national bird. Can you guess my name? 2. Green, yellow and slim is his body. Is used to send your messages. You can buy it any time. At peanut price.
3. I am your best friend. Always guard your house. Provide you with sense of security. How about guessing my name. 4. If a parrot finds me, He is happy to eat me. But if small kid finds me, He cries the moment he tries to eat me.
How Much Do You Know?
1. Dispur is the capital of which of the following states? (a) Rajasthan (b) Manipur. (c) Assam. (d) Chhattisgarh. Which country is also known as the land of Kangaroo? (a) Thailand. (b) Australia. (c) Sweden. (d) China.
'World Forest Day' is celebrated on which of the following days? (a) 19th March. (b) 20th March. (c) 21st March. (d) 22nd March. Where is 'Chaarminar' situated? (a) Ahmedabad. (b) Hyderabad. (c) Secunderabad. (d) Jaipur.
How many players are in a basketball team? (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) 7 (d) 9.
Who Am I? : (1) Peacock. (2) Postcard. (3) Lock. (4) Green chilli. How Much Do You Know? : (1) c, (2) b, (3) d, (4) b, (5) b. March (First) 2009
When the Elephant Flew
by Abha Srivastav
HUCHU BIRD lived on a blackberry tree with her 2 small chicks. A little further away from the tree in the jungle was an old temple. Elephant Dada was the priest of the temple. He was very simple and innocent. Chuchu bird and elephant were close friends. The elephant was always ready to help Chuchu in every way. Very often the elephant
would shower water on Chuchu's chicks from the water tank in the temple premises. The chicks would be very happy. The elephant surely loved Chuchu but he was jealous of seeing her fly in the open skies. Chuchu would go flying far away to fetch food for her chicks and when she would return, she would feed them with love. Seeing them cheerful elephant too would get lost in their happiness. The elephant had gone old but the wish of flying in the sky still lingered strong in his heart. Sometimes he would look at Chuchu's tiny delicate body and sometimes his heavy built. Then he would wonder if his wish would ever come true. One day, the impossible became possible. One morning when the elephant woke up, he saw to his utter surprise 2 colourful beautiful wings on his body. He bloated with pride. "Wonderful! Now even I will fly like Chuchu.” He spread his wings and flew a little and then sat down again. Seeing the elephant flying, the rabbit, squirrel and Chuchu enjoyed. In spite of the wings, the
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elephant was always scared of falling down with his huge body. He thought if he flew higher and fell from there, everyone would laugh at him. But having acquired wings, the elephant also started behaving like a child. As he could not fly far, he would fly small distances. Sometimes he would go till the jungle lake and sometimes till the pipal tree. Rest of the time he would be sitting at the temple door with his wings folded. One day, Chuchu fell ill so serious that she could not even move. She was unable to go to
collect food for her chicks. She went to the elephant and wept, “Brother elephant, I am not well. I can stay hungry but what do I do for my children. How do I get food for them?” The elephant felt pity for her and said, “Don't cry Chuchu, I will do something.” With a spirit of helping Chuchu, the elephant took a long flight. He flew far off and got food in his trunk. But before reaching Chuchu's nest, he fell on the tree with his heavy body. The blackberry tree fell down with the elephant's weight. In spite of having fallen down, the tree was worried about Chuchu and her children. It took care of the little birds and the nest by covering it with its green branches. The tree got angry on the elephant who had badly damged the tree.
he elephant was sorry about his childish behaviour. He started crying. Oh! What have I done? The food was filled in the pot. I could have got it from there. But the love and anxiety of flying doomed the elephant's name. Picking up the nest by his trunk, the elephant carefully kept it on another tree. He then fed Chuchu and her chicks. The tree too straightened somehow. That night itself the elephant thought what use were such wings that could not be of any use to the little creatures. He thought that he did not need the wings. Next morning, when he got up, his wings had vanished.
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A TRADER WAS SITTING UNDER THE TREE.
THE TRADER AND THE DONKEY
BY SHIRAZ MUJAWAR
NEARBY, HIS DONKEY WAS GRAZING AS WELL IN THE LUSH GREEN PATCH OF THE LAND.
SUDDENLY, THE TRADER HEARD HIS ENEMY APPROACHING.
HE QUICKLY GOT UP AND WENT NEAR HIS DONKEY.
TRADER SAID-HURRY UP, LET US GET GOING FAR AWAY OR ELSE WE WILL BE TRAPPED IN THE HANDS OF OUR ENEMY.
THE DONKEY WAS COOL, HE SAID– WHY SHOULD I EXERT MYSELF FOR NO REASON?
YOUR ENEMY WILL NOT LOAD ME WITH ANY LESSER LOAD. EVEN IF I SAVE YOU BY CARRYING YOU ON MY BACK, EVEN YOU TOO WILL NOT LOAD ME WITH LESSER WEIGHT.
FOR ME BOTH OF YOU ARE ONE AND THE SAME. IRRESPECTIVE OF WHOM I AM WITH, LOAD ON MY BACK WILL NEVER BE LESS.
WHOSOEVER MAY RULE, IT DOES NOT EFFECT POOR MAN'S LIFE IN ANY MANNER.
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Ninny: It is very cold these days. How do I bathe? Mayank: You can use the quilt and have bath, you will not feel cold.
* Neha: What is the difference between the morning and the evening? Sunny: In the morning teacher scolds, whereas in the evening, the father. *
Mummy: Son, be careful while lifting the plates and be sure that the plates do not fall. Son: Never mind mummy, the plates are very light. Even if they fall, I won't hurt my feet.
* Vicky: Will you not come with me for playing today? Raju: No, because I
have to help my father today. Vicky: Really, but for what? Raju: For doing my homework.
* Sanjay: I have got a guitar as my birthday gift. There could not have been any better gift for me. Neeraj: How? Sanjay: You know Papa pays me 100 rupees for not playing it.
Student: Sir, all the important days and dates from the history. Teacher: Why? Student: Because you only said that all the important days and dates from the history should be on your finger tips.
* Bunty: What is the capital of Rajasthan? Minny: Why don't you know? Bunty: Yes, I know. Minny: Then why are you asking me?
—Arjun, Uttar Pradesh.
* Son: Papa, have you ever visited Egypt? Papa: No, my son. Son: Then how did you find 'Mummy'. * Teacher: What are you writing on your fingers?
* Papa: Did you go to see the circus? Jayant: Papa, you are mistaking, the ticket which you have is of the cinema and not of the circus. —Deepika, Shimla. *
T WAS a much-awaited wonderful Sunday. Aryan had invited his 'gang of 4' for an evening party at his uncle's farmhouse. As the evening fell, Aryan and his friends Harsh, Meet and Aneesha assembled at the farmhouse. They had travelled to the venue by bus. “Uncle's farmhouse has lots of mango trees. I wonder if you ever have had so sweet mangoes,” said Aryan. “Really,” Meet was delighted. He was very fond of eating. His friends had thus nicknamed him
Far mhouse Thieves
by Anil Satija
as “Motu.” After walking for a little while, they arrived at uncle's house. They received a warm welcome by uncle and his family. Motu and his friends were extremely delighted when they were served with delicacies made from the farmhouse produce. “This mango juice is really tasty, uncle. Can I have more of it?” said Motu. “Of course, you can. It is made
from our farmhouse mangoes,” said the uncle,” but I am worried man because of these mangoes.” “Why, what happened, uncle?” asked Aryan. He was curious to know. “Somebody is stealing our mangoes every night. If it is not stopped soon, we will be left with no mangoes to sell in the market.” “But you must have employed a caretaker to look after your farmhouse.” “Yes, I have a caretaker. His name is Radhe Lal. But he cannot be everywhere in the farmhouse at
one point of time. He has to carry raw mangoes to the market tomorrow for selling. After the snacks, all the friends were taking a stroll in the market. “Uncle has to arrange for selling the mangoes tomorrow. It means the thieves would be having last chance tonight. They will try to steal maximum mangoes tonight. We must do something,” said Aneesha. “You are right, Aneesha.Tonight we will keep a watch on mango trees in turns,” suggested Aryan.
It was past midnight. Aryan and Harsh were on the guard. But soon Harsh was overpowered by the pangs of sleep as he was reclining against the tree. Radhey Lal who worked as a security guard, lived in his hut in the farmhouse. Suddenly, Aryan saw a strange-looking man with thick moustaches heading towards the hut of Radhey Lal who came out of his hut and started talking to the stranger. He took out some currency notes from his pocket and gave it to Radhey Lal. And he blew a soft whistle. At the sound of the whistle, 2 men emerged from the darkness and climbed the 2 separate mango trees. The man with the thick moustaches placed big baskets under both the trees. The men on the trees started collected the mangoes in the baskets. Radhey Lal stood there as collecting silent observer. Aryan looked towards the gate. Their autorickshaw was ready to cart the stolen mangoes. Aryan ran to Harsh and shook him up. “Hurry up Harsh, the thieves are going to flee with stolen mangoes in their autorickshaw.”
ryan made a quick plan and explained to Harsh, who ran towards the autorickshaw and punctured 2 out of its 3 wheels. Aryan was in position. He took out his catapult and used it to fire a glass ball at the thief. With the sudden hit, the thief lost his balance and he fell on the ground like ripe mango. The second thief also met with the similar fate. They both were crying in pain. Aryan was about to aim at the man with the
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moustaches when Radhey Lal held his neck. “So it was you who was staging all this, you rogue,” said Radhey Lal angrily. Aryan tried hard to get himself free from his grip but he did not succeed. By then the man with the moustaches came running as well. “We have to get away with the loot fast. This boy has spoiled everything.” The man with moustaches did not even complete, when Harsh held him at his gunpoint and said, “Don't try to escape or else you are a dead man.” By then uncle came running when he heard the commotion. Radhey Lal and all the thieves were tied with the rope. The man with the moustaches was a fruit merchant. Uncle lodged the complaint and all the thieves including Radhey Lal were handed over to the police.
he next day while having the breakfast at the dining-table, Aryan informed, “The man with the moustaches, the fruit vendor used to bribe Radhey Lal for stealing the mangoes, which he used to sell in the market at huge profit.” “They had been fooling me for all this time,” said the uncle. “But uncle, even Harsh has outsmarted them to take the revenge.” “But how?” “I did not train any gun on the man with the moustaches, but it was just small thick branch from the tree.” Harsh informed everybody with sense of great pride in his smartness.
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March (First) 2009
by Sanjeev Jayaswal ‘Sanjay’
IVEK'S AUNTY had brought him pink watch. It was a really beautiful watch.Vivek was delighted to have a brand new watch. He had resolved that he would set alarm to get up early in the morning to study. Vivek placed his pink watch on his study table. His pencil box, notebooks, books, pens, geometry box were already kept on the table and they were all good friends. Six months had already passed since Vivek's classes had begun in June last year. As a result, the books and the notebooks had become old. The Book saw the Pink Watch and welcomed her, “Welcome to the home, friend.” The Pink Watch looked at the Book indifferently and remarked, “Get away from me and don't try to be friends with me.” “What are you talking? We are all Vivek's friends and thus we are friends as well,” the Book tried to explain. “You and your friendship?” the Pink Watch made a face and said arrogantly, ”I am so beautiful and just look at yourself. You look so old and battered. How can there be friendship between us?” “We too were beautiful once. But with constant use by Vivek's sweaty hands, some of our pages has been spoiled. But believe me, we are not very old,” the Notebook tried to explain her point of view. “Sweat?” the Pink Watch covered her nose and
said,” That is why you people are stinking. Better be away from me. Is that clear to you all?“ “It is not fair to be so proudy. It is in our own interest to live amicably.” The Pen also tried to reason it out. “Now you better be quiet. You lanky fellow. How can you argue with me?” the Pink Watch snubbed the Pen. The Pen was favourite of Vivek.The moment Vivek used to hold him, he used to write at the top speed. The Pen also worked hard to ensure that Vivek writes the best in the examinations.Vivek also cared a lot for his Pen. Every morning he used to clean and fill it with ink and later he used to keep the Pen very carefully in his pocket. Today, it was the first time when anybody had scolded the Pen. His eyes were filled with the tears because of the insult. The Compass in the Geometry box was also infuriated. He wanted to pierce his
pointed leg in the Watch to teach her a lesson. But the Protractor in the geometry box controlled him. At night when Vivek retired to bed, he kept the Pink Watch on his bed. She looked at the other friends with proudiness in her eyes. As if she wanted to convey, ‘See, how much I am loved by Vivek that he is making me sleep in his own bed. And you all keep lying on old table.’ Vivek kept lying on the bed for some time but then he suddenly remembered that he had not set the alarm. He picked up the watch and started rotating her ears. “What are you doing? It is hurting me. Leave me,” the Pink Watch was shouting.
ivek did not listen to her shouting. He left only after setting the alarm in her system. Her eyes were filled with tears due to insult and pain. Vivek too went off to sleep. The Pencil and the Compass were smiling at the Pink Watch's condition. She kept sobbing for long time. Later, she went off to sleep. Sharp at 6 in the morning, she suddenly felt some kind of twisting in her stomach. Before she could understand anything, a loud sound of ‘trin..trin..trin...’ started coming from her stomach. “Well done, my sweet watch. You have woken me up right on time. Now I can study properly,” said Vivek while kissing the Pink Watch. With sudden action inside her stomach, the Pink Watch was still in state of shock. It was totally new experience since her birth. She had no clue as to why Vivek had congratulated her. But with his love, her fear had reduced. Vivek had to leave for the school by 7 o'clock. He went away to get ready for the school after studying
for 2 hours. The Pencil found an opportunity and said, “Did the fly come out of your ear?” “What fly? What are you talking about?” asked the Pink Watch. “The one which had entered your ear,” said the Pencil. “But when did the fly entered my ear,” asked the Pink Watch who was totally surprised. “Really, when Vivek was shaking your ear?” said the Pencil laughingly. “No, she must have acted smart. That is why Vivek was giving her a lesson by pulling her ears,” the Compass commented with a loud laughter. The Pink Watch filled her eyes with tears for her insult. She felt very angry. But she could not do anything despite her desire to give them a befitting reply. The Pencil and the Compass wanted to make fun of the Pink Watch, but the Book advised them not to do so. The Pink Watch was as proudy but the insult made her angrier. She thought
that Vivek had twisted her ears by mistake. That is why he expressed his love in the morning. But very soon her wrong notions were removed. The next day too, Vivek placed her next to himself on the bed but before going off to sleep, he twisted her ears like before. Now this had become daily routine. The Pencil and the Compass never missed the opportunity to ridicule the Pink Watch. Her anger was aggravated all the time and she was on the lookout for a right opportunity to take the revenge for her insult. Within few days, she understood that she could wake everybody up by ringing her alarm bell anytime. Now whenever Vivek used to go off sleep, she would wake him up just after one hour. This used to irritate Vivek which enjoyed by the Pink Watch. Everybody— the Book, the Notebook, the Pen, the Protractor—advised and explained to the Pink Watch that they all were there to help Vivek and not to trouble him. But all the advices fell on the deaf ears of the Pink Watch. She continued to trouble Vivek all the time. Totally disgusted Vivek reported the matter to his Papa. He took the Pink Watch to the watch fixer who inspected the Pink Watch and declared that all was fine with watch. Such a positive comment aggravated her pride in her ownself. Now she disturbed Vivek's sleep many times during the night. Few days later Vivek's aunty visited him again
on his birthday. Vivek told his problem with the Pink Watch to her aunty. She said laughingly, “Don't worry my son, I have brought you a mobile phone as your birthday gift. You can set the alarm on your mobile phone. It will never disappoint you. Vivek was pleasantly delighted to get mobile phone as his birthday gift. He came to his room and picked up the Pink Watch and commented, “You are beautiful but you are useless at the same time.”
aving commented, Vivek removed the batteries of the Pink Watch and placed her in the almirah. It was pitch dark in the almirah.The Pink Watch was cursing her fate, but repenting now was futile. She had landed herself in such a situation because of her false pride The Book and the Notebook felt pity on her state, but were helpless despite the fact that they really wanted to help her. Vivek now used to study till late night. Then he used to set the alarm on his mobile and used to go off to sleep. The mobile phone always woke him up on time and helped him to study. Vivek scored very good marks in the next examinations. In his success, his friends contribution too was included. The Notebook the Book had helped him a lot. The Pen worked very hard and helped him to write all the answers to the questions properly. The Geometry Box, the Compass, the Scale, the Protractor, the Eraser made beautiful drawings in the answersheets.The teacher was very delighted with Vivek's work. Vivek too was very happy. If anyone was sad, it was the Pink Watch for which she herself was responsible.
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