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Gift Stories Special
DECEMBER (FIRST) 2009
MINI AND BIRTHDAY GIFT 4 FOUR-COLOURED SHIRT 8 FIGHTING CRIMINALS 14 ON KOMODO ISLAND 20 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT THE JOY OF GIVING GIFT IN THE PACKET THE ROYAL TREATMENT THE RECESSION BEST GIFT BULLET AS GIFT 52 62 68 74 30 35 48 WONDERFUL GIFT OF TV TOY 78 26 44 72 82
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INI BEE and Dimpy Butterfly lived in a jungle together. Dimpy was pretty but very proud of herself. She had beautiful, pinkish red wings. She flew around the whole jungle showing them off. Mini Bee’s wings were not so beautiful. She did not appear as attractive as Dimpy. Dimpy always
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teased her and quarrelled with her over petty things. Mini could not help. She would get disappointed and wonder why she did not have pretty wings. The birthday of Dabbu Tiger was coming close. He was the king of the jungle. He announced that anyone who gave him the best gift, will be rewarded. Wasting no time, all animals started looking for gifts. Mini thought, ‘I am so small. What can I gift the king?’ Then she got an idea, “I collect nector from flowers and make honey that is eaten and liked by all. If I give that to the king, it will be a nice birthday gift.” On the other hand, Dimpy got an idea too. “Why don't I gift my beautiful wings to the king. He will be happy and I will get lots of prizes.” She quickly went to Chinki Mouse and said to her, “Take out my wings with your sharp teeth.”
hinki tried telling her not to get her wings pulled out. Without her wings she will not be able to do any thing. Nobody will be able to recognise her and she will be unable to fly. But Dimpy did not listen to her. She was just thinking of the prize that she would get. She said to Chinki, “Please pull my wings out.” Chinki did as said. Then she thought, ‘Dimpy is not recognisable now. All her beauty has vanished.’ Now Dimpy was looking very ugly as her
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pinkish red wings were no more. Chinky said, “Dimpy, you are looking ugly without your wings.” But Dimpy did not pay attention. She thought that she would get back her wings in a few days and she will get a prize from the king. She was highly delighted at the very thought. She went to her friends to give them this good news. But all her friends laughed on seeing her. Tiktik Mouse, Anty Ant, Kitty Bat were all giving her a strange look. Nobody recognised her. Dimpy said, “Why are you all laughing? I am Dimpy, your friend. Look, here are my wings. I will
give them to the king.” Nobody believed her. Everyone said, “Our friend Dimpy is very beautiful. You look very ugly. You do not have those beautiful wings as well. How can you be that same friend of ours?” Dimpy was annoyed. She said, “Good enough. I will sort you all out. When the king will see my wings, he will reward me well. Then I will show you all.” The king's birthday arrived. All reached his palace and started gifting him. Dimpy Butterfly and Mini Bee also came. But nobody recognised Dimpy there. When she gifted her wings to the king, he said, “What do I do of these wings? They are meant for flying. “They look best when they are seen on colourful flowers. They are of no use to me.” Dimpy's pride was hurt badly listening to this. She lost her beauty for greed. She could not even get a prize. She cried and cried.
n the other hand, Mini had collected a lot of nector from flowers which had now become honey. She gave the honey to the king. The king tasted it and found it very delicious. He said to Mini, “I did not have such a thing before. This sweet is only with you. You collect nector from flowers and then make honey. No one else can do this work. You work very hard, so you must get the prize.” Mini was in high spirits. She got lots of prizes. ●
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Four-colour ed Shir t
by Poonam Kumari
INI AND Tini were 2 mice. Both lived at Fatty Cat's place with their parents. As night descended, both Mini and Tini went
into Fatty's kitchen and feasted on whatever they found. They not only made mischief but also displaced things of the kitchen here and there. Fatty was highly troubled. But naughty mice could not be caught. When Fatty ran behind them, they showed a face and vanished. One day, Fatty got a trap and placed it in the kitchen at night.
ini and Tini got trapped. Both were shedding tears on each other’s shoulders helplessly. Suddenly, Fatty's son Kutkut came running. Mummy was standing there. Kutkut asked, “Where have these new guests come from?” “Son, they are not guests but rogues. Both have created lot of trouble. Now they will know,” and mummy left. Kutkut found both the mice very cute. He sat near the trap. “ My cute little guests, why do you trouble mummy?” Kutkut shook the trap. “Kutkut brother, we promise we will not trouble you anymore. Please free us from the trap,” the mice pleaded. Kutkut broke into laughter on seeing them holding their ears, “Ok, from today, you are my friends. I will free you but promise that you will not trouble mummy.” Both Tini and Mini nodded their heads in agreement. Kutkut looked left and right and opened the door of the trap slowly. Mini and Tini escaped as fast as possible.
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When mummy came there after some time, the mice were not seen. “Where are both of them?” mummy asked, looking around. Standing at a corner, Kutkut was smiling. Mummy turned Kutkut's ears, “So, you also have joined their gang. You have helped them flee. Now you will be punished.” “Mummy, please spare me. Both are my friends. They have promised me that they would never do mischief again.” Mummy went away.
t was Kutkut's birthday next day. The table was laid with many tasty snacks. Lots of friends of Kutkut came. They ate a feast and went away. Lots of snacks were leftover. The smell of these snacks reached Mini and Tini at night. But they restrained from creating mischief. Fatty was highly disturbed in the morning. What has happened to Mini and Tini? They did not come to have such tasty snacks. Everything is at its place. On the other hand Mini and Tini were making some other plans. “Kutkut has saved our lives and made us friends. We did not even present her a birthday gift,” with her hands on her head, Mini said. Tini smiled, “Don't you worry. I prepared a gift for her at night.” “At night? But what?” Mini was surprised. “This 4-coloured shirt,” Tini showed the shirt in her hand, “I have made this by cutting 4 old shirts of papa.” “Wow! This 4-coloured shirt is really looking
good. Now go, quick. Kutkut might go to school.” As both peeped out of the burrow, Kutkut was seen drinking milk in the kitchen. Both came quickly and started biting Kutkut's feet. Kutkut looked down in scare. “My cute friends, why did you not come to my birthday?” Kutkut took them up with love and made them sit on the table. He kept a big box of
cake in front of them. Taking his hands behind, Tini said, “We do not want the cake.” “Ok, but why did you take your hand away?” Kutkut pulled his hand in front. Seeing a box in his hand, he asked, “What is there in it?” “A 4-coloured shirt for you,” said Tini. “4-coloured shirt?” Kutkut quickly opened the box. “Wow! How beautiful!” Kutkut ran to mummy shouting. “Mummy look, this 4-coloured shirt. My cute friends have given.” Mini and Tini too were very happy seeing Kutkut pleased. Both took the big box of cake in their hands and dragged it into their burrow. ●
Hi, I Am Watermelon
Sweet juicy watermelon, You are the summer fruit. You are so big that no one can hold you. Your body is green and tight and heart is red and soft. That is why people eat you with interest. You have black seeds, That is why I love to eat you.
—Yash Gupta, Noida.
Search the 2 pictures which are alike.
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EEPALIVAN. It was Sunday evening. There was a road jam. Biku and Bablu Monkey bought some things from the market. They took a shortcut and went home. On the way, they met Didi and Vidi jackals. “Get ready, someone is coming,” Didi whispered. Didi and Vidi put on their masks. Biku and Bablu came close. “Halt. Hand over all your things or I will kill you,” Didi said. Vidi snatched away their bags. Biku and Bablu started trembling and looked to someone for help. But no one was there nearby. The whole place was lonely.
“Take the bag and spare us. We will be thankful,” Biku said. Both threw the bags and fled. Biku followed Bablu. Such incidents started happening in the jungle everyday. All including Songi and Mongi rabbits were worried. The 2 rabbits made a plan. They went to the market and bought gifts for the criminals— boxing gloves with remote. In the evening, they took the shortcut route and left for home. “The rogues will be taught a lesson from the gift. We will have fun... ha... ha... ha... ha...” Songi and Mongi were walking away delighted. Both holding a box in hand, swinging it in fun.
by Awadhesh Kumar Jha
Suddenly, they heard a voice, “Halt, what is there in your box?” Mongi stopped laughing suddenly and said, “It has a beautiful gift, brother. If you want, you can take it or leave it.” As they got a chance, Songi and Mongi threw the box and fled. They hid in the bushes to see what happens next. Didi and Vidi were very happy seeing gift boxes. They went in the bushes. As they opened the boxes, 2 boxing gloves sprung out with a jerk. They were remote-operated and they boxed terrifically. Songi then pressed the remote. Gloves started hitting Didi and Vidi non-stop fighting. Both screamed with pain and said, “Someone come to save us.” When Songi and Mongi heard their screams, they came running. They too boxed Didi and Vidi after switching on the remote. As they lifted the veil, they saw they were Didi and Vidi.
Songi said, “Promise that you will not play mischief or my gloves will kill you.” “Please forgive us. Now we will give up bad habits,” Vidi and Didi apologised. By then many animals of Deepalivan reached there. They understood all on seeing the swollen face of Didi and Vidi. All animals appreciated Songi and Mongi. They found their things back too. Giving the gloves to Vidi, Songi said, “I gift these gloves and remote to you. Now you must give up bad habits and become good.” ●
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On Komodo Island
by Dr M. A. Khan
S MOREO gained consciousness, he found himself in an unknown place. He looked around. There was nothing except sea and thick forest all around till the eyes could see. The sky was absolutely clear. Moreo gradually remembered the past days. He lived on the shores of the sea. His father
“You cheat leopard, shed your anger and use your brain. Because of you we are starving. If you had not fought with Bablu Tiger and Cheeku Rabbit, we would not have been ousted from Champakvan,” said Jacky Jackal. “You all must stop arguing and think of finding something to eat,” Jhaptu asserted. “Let me earn some food by mimicking,” Jacky suggested. On the other hand, Vinni Lamb was walking fast after having separated from his friends. “Wait Vinni, I am coming too,” Jacky mimicked. Vinni stopped. With great speed all the 3 nabbed him and finished him. Similarly, the 3 made someone or the other their prey everyday. There was panic in Champakvan. “What am I hearing, Gabru? Who is this second one born who has created such a scare among animals. Bring him soon in front of me or you will be punished,” Babban Lion ordered Gabru Rhino.
Crime and Punishment
by Rajendra Kumar
Bholu Donkey was going home alone. 'My artificial leg keeps falling. It is going to be dark and home is far away,' Bholu thought. “Bholu...” Jacky mimicked the donkey’s braying. Bholu stopped. ‘Good, I have found a friend. Two are better than one. Now the journey will be easier,’ Bholu thought and was happy. “Bholu, you will be our prey today,” Thaggu laughed. “We have tired eating lambs, rabbits, pigs.
Today, we will change our taste,” Jhaptu said greedily. “At least, try to find out Bholu's last wish,” Jacky smiled. Bholu started laughing on seeing them. The 3 were surprised. “Why are you laughing?” Jacky asked. Bholu thought for a while. ‘My plan seems to be working. Now I will try provoking them and work on my plan.’ “You fools, what will you do of my bones? I don't have any flesh or blood on me,” Bholu said fearlessly. They got angry and Thaggu pierced his teeth in Bholu's artificial leg. Shrieking with pain Thaggu shouted, “Uee, my teeth have broken.” Both kept wondering, 'Jhaptu also did the same and met the same fate. Bholu was having a good time. Jacky was upset.' “Come, you too fill your stomach,” Bholu teased Jacky inviting him to eat him. The artificial leg was injured but he was still walking fast.
heeku and Gabru were talking to each other, “I think, some runaway animal is taking revenge on us.” “You are right, Cheeku. Thaggu, Jhaptu and Jacky have created havoc in the jungle,” he said to Bholu. On seeing a limping Bholu they asked, “Who has rendered you like this?” Bholu told them all the story. Then all the 3 made a plan. Jhaptu groaned with pain, “My jaw is paining terribly.”
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Thaggu said, “How can this be possible that a living animal does not have blood and flesh.” “Why can't it be, you fools. Your brains have rusted eating without efforts for so long,” and Bholu threw his artificial leg on Jhaptu. All the 3 were shocked and shouted, “You have again come!” Suddenly, they heard a loud roar. All the 3 ran but could not run as Babban Lion, Gabru, Cheeku and other animals had surrounded them. “We made a mistake by leaving you alive earlier,” Gabru said angrily. “Hand over these rogues to us. “We will take revenge from them,” the injured animals spoke together. “Friends, be cool and think. If we also become violent like them, there will be panic everywhere. They did as they thought. So we must change our thinking and live lovingly and happily. If you treat your enemy with love, it is natural that he will change too,” Cheeku explained.
fter he finished, all the animals left. This made Thaggu, Jhaptu and Jacky cry. They said, “Friends, we had thought that we would rule the jungle by creating terror. But by forgiving us you have changed our thinking. “We are ashamed of ourselves. Punish us as you want to,” the 3 were standing with folded hands. Cheeku said, “Friends, punish them.” Bholu spoke up, “Bholu, pick up my artificial leg and give me. I cannot balance any longer standing on 3 legs.” Everyone burst out laughing. ●
The Joy of Giving
by Pramila Gupta
HINTU RABBIT lived with his mother Pinky in Champakvan. Pinky earned her living by sewing and knitting clothes. This way, she also took care of Chintu’s studies. Chintu was also a dedicated child and always stood first in class. Pinky was happy. But she had a worry. Chintu helped neighbours for free and
would never refuse anyone. One day, when neighbour Nimmi Vixen saw Chintu going on cycle, she called him out, “Will you do my work, son?” “Yes aunty. Tell me what is the work?” “I am finished with flour at home. Can you get me 5 kg from the flour mill?” “Why not? Give me money and a bag. I will get it just now,” Chintu said.
immi handed him the money and bag. Chintu left on his cycle. On the way, he met Blacky Jackal. He too stopped Chintu, “Where are you going, Chintu?” “I am going to take flour from the mill for Nimmi Aunty,” Chintu replied. “That is good. The letter box is on the way. Post my letter in it. I am not keeping well.” “Don't worry, uncle. I will do that,” taking the letter from uncle, Chintu proceeded. He first put the letter in the letter box and then went to the mill. The mill was overcrowded. It was taking time but he bought the flour and gave it to Nimmi Aunty. Aunty blessed him, “I wish you happiness, son.” It was evening by the time he reached home. Pinky was upset and walking up and down waiting for Chintu. When she saw him, she said, “Where were you? I am waiting since so long. I was worried.” “You worry uselessly, mother. Nimmi Aunty had called for some flour. I had gone to pick that up. The mill was crowded and so it got late. Give me meals. I am hungry,” parking his cycle, Chintu said. “Why do you work for free for everyone, son? Don't you see that I work hard day and night for your
studies. I want you to be educated and do some good job. But you do not find time from helping your neighbours,” Pinky was annoyed. Chintu quickly took mother in arms, “I study with all my heart and soul and come first in class. You know mother, my teacher says, “You help yourself by helping others.” “What nonsense! Has anyone ever come and inquired what we need?” Pinky said. “It is not good to help others in the hope that he should help us in return. I like doing all this. Nimmi Aunty is old and all alone. If I don't help her who else will? All in Champakvan are ours, mother. Why do
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you get upset if I help someone,” Chintu explained. “Your talks are beyond my understanding. You don't know the world is very greedy. After getting their work done it, turns its face,” murmuring to herself, Pinky went to bring food for Chintu. Chintu was a carefree soul. It was summer time. Viral fever was spreading in all homes. Chintu too was in its grip. He was down with high fever. One day, when the fever came in control, Pinky said, “I did not know Chintu that animals of Champakvan loved you so much. Not seeing you out one day they all were concerned. Blacky Jackal went running and brought the doctor.” Chintu answered in a faint voice, “Really!” “Yes son, your Nimmi Aunty comes everyday with lots of oranges for you. She insists on giving you fruit juice so that you recover fast. Come on, drink this juice,” handing him a glass of juice, Pinky said. “Chintu Monkey has given many story books and flowers. He was saying, “Chintu is very fond of reading. Give him these books to read when he gets well. He will feel better.” Chintu saw that they were his favourite story books and comics. He was too happy to get them and immediately started reading them. Pinky insisted, “You are weak just now, son. Reading will strain your eyes. Get well and then read.
Look, the whole room is filled with books.” Chintu saw his room filled with gifts which carried love of Champakvan animals. Running her hands with love on Chintu's head, Pinky said, “You were right. I was a fool to advise you wrong.” “Don't worry mother. You think like this because you have seen a lot of trouble in life,” Chintu said lovingly. ●
Look at everything you can. Look at the frog, With large green eyes. Look at the goliath betle, He seems very nice. Look at the albratross, He dives into the water. Look at the caterpillar, His skin seems to glitter. Look at the lion, With paddy paws. Look at the vulture, With sharp, curved claws. Look at the butterfly, Her wings do glimmer. Look at the sunbird, And how she can flitter. Look, Look, Look, At everything that is there. Then you will learn much more, Than you think you may.
—Archana Sriramulu, Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai.
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Join the dots and complete the figure.
on the walls drawing room.
* Teacher: Tell me the name of the tooth that grows in the end? Student: Set of denture. —M. Naik, Mumbai. * Vicky: You ran so fast that the mad dog could not bite you? Vikas: What is there to laugh at? While running I thought, ‘I have toffees in my pocket and my younger sister is chasing me.’
pointing at one of the statues. Don't be loud, this is not a statue. This is the owner of the shop, replied the salesman.
* Grandfather: Anshu, if you can translate 'gajar' in English, I will give you 10 toffees. Anshu: Grandfather, I will translate oranges, you can give me at least 5 toffees.
—M. Mallick, Ghaziabad.
* A child went to a shop with his father. The salesman showed him the statues and said: “This is a statue of a bear. This one is of a monkey and this is of a gorilla.” “Then what is this animal?” Asked the child
* Whenever mother gave money to Sunny, he used to run and buy toffees. One day, Sunny's Grandmother said, “Sunny if you have too many of toffees, your teeth will fall.” Sunny: You don't have any teeth. Did you eat lot of toffees in the past? —Mohit, Almora. *
by Vivek Chakravorty
UNDERVAN WAS in the grip of recession. The king tried many ways to deal with the condition but nothing worked. In order to reduce expenditure, King Sher Singh sold off his car and started on foot to inspect the forest.
One day when he stepped out of his palace for inspection, the poet of the jungle Tarachand Parrot looked at him and said, “With recession hitting, the king had to sell of his car.” Hearing the parrot's poem, the birds and animals present there started laughing while hiding their faces. The king got annoyed and roared with anger, “You foolish parrot, the entire forest is in the grip of recession and there is possibility of drought and you are reciting a poem.” “It is your duty to solve these problems as you rule the forest,” Tarachand again sang. “Surely, I am the king of the forest but do the birds and animals of the jungle not have any duty towards the jungle? Poets pull the attention of all their listeners towards the problems and there solutions in their poems but you just write useless poems,” King Sher Singh said. “You have made me realise my duties. I will try to solve the problems somehow.” He again recited and flew away.
or next 2 days Tarachand could not be seen by anyone. The third day, Tarachand went to King Sher Singh and said, “Your Majesty, I have thought of plans to emerge both out of recession and drought. I would request you to call all the animals and birds of the jungle here. In front of them I will describe the solution to these problems.” “All right.” Very soon, all the birds and animals of the jungle gathered there. “Friends, kindly listen carefully and think seriously about what I am saying. Do not think
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that I am speaking ill about anyone or making fun.” As Tarachand stopped speaking, all animals started whispering to one another. “As you all know that we are facing recession these days and there are possibilities of drought in our jungle too. Therefore, our prime responsibility is to use food very carefully so that during drought conditions we have adequate food with us. “Our friend crow eats half of the things and spill half of them. So, I would suggest that crows should eat in 2 batches. The food that is spilled by
first batch can be had by the second batch,” said Tarachand. All the crows got wild at Tarachand's suggestion. They shouted, “You want us to have others’ leftover as food?” “No, I suggest that let your children have first and then the elder crows can have the rest. I suppose you will not have problem in having the leftover of your children,” Tarachand explained. The crows nodded in affirmation hesitantly. “Bulbul, maina, sparrow and we parrots have fresh fruits from the tree. None of us has full fruit. We just have a bit of the fruit and the rest decays on the tree itself. So I suggest that a fruit should be eaten by one family at one time. This will increase brotherhood and the fruit also will not be destroyed.” “The idea is wonderful,” everyone praised Tarachand's suggestion. “Per day diet of big animals like elephants, bears should be decided. This will reduce our importing food from other jungles,” Tarachand said. Small birds and animals welcomed the suggestion but bigger animals like bears and elephants opposed it.
inally, King Sher Singh had to interrupt, “There are possibilities of drought in our jungle. Therefore, we must reduce our intake of all eatables. If in the interest of the jungle, you cannot do this, you can leave the jungle and go.” Hearing the stern warning of King Sher Singh elephants and bears stopped opposing. When everyone was quiet, Tarachand again
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spoke, “Animals like jackal and the fox who are busy stealing others things, should be given the work of digging wells so that they get employment and their habit of stealing goes away. This will also be good in a way that our jungle will have adequate wells with enough water before drought. It will be your duty to keep watch on them, Your Majesty.” “Good, but you tell me Tarachand, you have given duties to all birds and animals but what work are you doing?” King asked smilingly. “Your Majesty, with the medium of my poems I will send the message of brotherhood and saving to animals and birds. “It is recession time, adopt the saving method, reduce expenditure and share food,” he recited. All clapped when Tarachand said. ●
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Who Am I ?
1. She is alive with breath. But cold she is as death. Never thirsty but is always drinking. Lives where you just can't think of living. 2. Visible she is only at night. Is a treat to eyes. Harmless is she like a rose. But does carry a torch at night.
3. It looks like a fish but is not a fish. Neither lives in water nor in air. When slit open, carries green eggs for you. Which are actually not eggs. 4. Parrots love me a lot, When they eat me they twitt a lot. Kids hate me a lot, If they eat me, they cry a lot.
How Much Do You Know?
1. 2010 Common Wealth Games are scheduled to be held in which city? (a) Delhi. (b) Lucknow. (c) Hyderabad. (d) Mumbai. 2. What is the national symbol of India? (a) Kangaroo. (b) Tiger. (c) White cat. (d) Ashok Chakra. 3. Which is the highest award in India? ? (a) Nehru Award. (b) Bharat Ratna. (c) Arjun Award. (d) Dhanwantri. 4. Sir J.C. Bose was associated with which field? (a) Sports. (b) Journalism. (c) Literature. (d) Science.
5. Onam festival is celebrated in which state? (a) Rajasthan. (b) Kerala. (c) Uttar Pradesh. (d) Madhya Pradesh.
Who Am I? : (1) Fish. (2) Firefly. (3) Green Peas. (4) Green Chillies. How Much Do You Know? : (1) a. (2) d. (3) b. (4) d. (5) b. December (First) 2009
T WAS King Sher Singh’s birthday. An announcement was made in Champakvan that whoever gives the best gift to the king, will in return be rewarded handsomely. All animals started looking for gifts as per their choice.
The king was not educated enough but was liberal and carefree. If he was happy with someone, he would shower him with abundant wealth.
n the evening the king arranged for a big party at his palace. The tables were filled with delicious snacks. Everyone had lots and lots of snacks and then collected to present their gifts to the king. “Come one by one and present your gift to me,” Sher Singh said. Chunmun Mouse ran up and extended a packet of cheese to Sher Singh. When the animals laughed, Blacky Bear signalled them to keep quiet. “No one will make fun of the gifts whether big or small or you will be thrown out of the party,” Sher Singh said angrily. Gillo Squirrel came with a basket full of almonds and walnuts. She kept it close to him and went away. The king happily ate almonds filling them in his fist.
by Harendra Chakravorty
Jumpy Monkey gifted a mobile set and Harry Deer presented a computer. Jojo Jackal was a scientist. Since last 2 years he was working in a gun-making industry. He gifted Sher Singh a gun which could kill an enemy within a distance of 100 km. “Your Majesty, I have prepared a suit for you working the whole night,” a dozing Gappi Owl
came in front and said. Seeing the suit king quickly opened his clothes to wear what Gappi had given. It was an honour for Gappi. Tears of happiness rolled from his eyes. In the same way animals kept coming one by one and gifts piled up in front of the king. “Is there anyone left?” the king asked at last. “Yes, Your Majesty,” Meeku Rabbit said and ran up to the king with great speed.
e handed over a bundle wrapped in an old paper to the king. King started opening the bundle slowly. All animals were watching surprisingly as to what was Meeku's gift to the king. “Books!” everyone was wonder struck as the bundle opened. “Administration, management, politics and economy... so many books. Good, but I am fifth class fail,” the king said. Handing over another packet to him Meeku replied, “That is why I have got fifth and sixth class books. Your Majesty, “There is no friends better than books. “You are head of the state and wise and courageous too. It is necessary for you to be more educated than us,” Meeku suggested though was scared. Sher Singh was enlightened on hearing Meeku. He decided that he would start studying further. He declared Meeku’s gift the best and appointed Meeku as the Chief Adviser of Champakvan. ●
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THE GREAT SCIENTIST GALILEO WAS BORN ON 15TH FEBRUARY 1564 IN ITALY.
BY KHALIL GALILEO ALSO BECAME FAMOUS AS A GREAT ASTRONOMER. EVEN AS A STUDENT, GALILEO DID AN IMPORTANT RESEARCH.
WHILE PRAYING IN THE CHURCH, HE COUNTED THE OSCILLATIONS OF THE CHANDELIER CAUSED BY THE BREEZE IN THE CHURCH.
TO CALCULATE THE SPEED OF THE OSCILLATIONS OF THE CHANDELIER, HE TIED A STRING TO A WEIGHT AND CONCLUDED THAT THE OSCILLATION SPEED IS NOT DEPENDENT ON THE WEIGHT BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE LENGTH OF THE STRING ATTACHED TO THE WEIGHT.
FURTHER, GALILEO INVENTED PRINCIPLE OF HYDROSTATIC BALANCE.
TELESCOPE IS ONE OF THE MANY IMPORTANT INVENTIONS OF GALILEO.
GALILEO'S TELESCOPE MAGNIFIED THE OBJECT 32 TIMES MORE COMPARED TO EARLIER TELESCOPE MODELS.
GALILEO'S TELESCOPE GAVE US THE MOST VITAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE STARS AND PLANETS. GALILEO CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN FOR HIS GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION.
December (First) 2009
Bullet as Gift
by Raj Kumar Dhar
RINCE, SON of King Sher Singh roared in anger, “You proud rock, I am asking you the last time whether you will get off my way or
not?” “I will not. Why are you wasting time on me? I have told you so many times that I will not give way. Why are you eating my head? What can I do if there is a pit on both sides? Why should I make way for you animals? You may go from whichever side to drink water in the river. Get going from here. Don't spoil my mood. Let me rest,” the rock yelled.
“Now you will not be able to rest. I will destroy you. Save yourself if you can. I pleaded you with folded hands that due to summer the ponds and lakes have dried. The river, which has water, is on the other side. If you had given way animals could have had water, but you have not left your arrogance. Now, you will surely be punished,” Prince said. The rock laughed loudly and said, “How can you punish me? What can you do to me? Don't talk big?” “Well, I will not talk to you at all. Be careful,” and Prince took out bullets from the dynamite. The rock thought that Prince was trying to scare him with a toy. It did not bother. “These are bullets of dynamite. I will blow you off with them,” Prince threatened, showing him the bullet. “Oh, you will blow me off. Try it,” the rock laughed aloud. Then she said, “Threatening me to blow off by showing a toy! You cannot harm me anyways.”
rince could not tolerate this arrogance. He filled the bullet and blasted the rock. The rock was reduced to pieces. While dying, the rock said, “I thought, you were showing me a toy to scare me. You have really blown me to pieces with the dynamite. I was wrong. You asked just a little space. If I had given that, I would not have been reduced to this state. I have got the result of my doing,” and the rock died. “Long live the Prince,” the animals assembled there shouted victory for the Prince. “Now we will
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be able to drink the river water. This wicked rock had blocked our way. You have done a favour on us by blowing off the rock.” “This was my duty. I did not want to blow the rock off but I requested it many times to give us way but it was too arrogant. I had to take this step.” “You did the right thing. One, who comes in the way of good work, should be taught a lesson.” The old bear asked, “Where did you get these bullets from?” “They were gifted to me by my soldier uncle
Dahar Singh,” Prince replied. “I had to teach the rock a lesson. Months back while sleeping one night I was murmuring 'bullets, bullets.' In the morning when uncle asked me, I requested him to gift me bullets of dynamite on my birthday. I promised him that I will not misuse the bullets. So he gifted them to me.” Uncle bear smiled and then celebrated for the opening along with other animals.
hen Dahar Singh came to know that Prince had utilised the bullets for good work, he praised him. The king too was happy with the good work of his son. He was satisfied that his son understood the problems of his subjects. He would prove a good king in future. But he advised him that he was too young just now. He should stay away from gunpowder and weapons. Now the animals could drink water from the river. The old and weak ones were more at an advantage as they had to earlier take the way around the rock to reach the river for water. ●
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Wonder ful Gift of TV Toy
EEKU RABBIT had a bad habit of wasteful spending. Whenever he got money from his aunty or any relatives, he used to spend it right on the same day without giving any thought on for what he was spending the money. His parents were quite worried about his bad habit of wasteful spending. One day, it was his birthday. Meeku Rabbit was very happy on his birthday. It was day for celebration at his home and in his school. His uncle gave him a beautiful plastic TV toy as his birthday gift. It was a bluecoloured TV with white screen and 3 red buttons. It was an exact replica of a real TV. Meeku Rabbit asked his uncle, “How does it work?” His uncle replied, “It has a slot. You have to put coins in it. The day it is full, it will start working.” Actually, it was a piggy bank in the shape of a TV. His uncle inaugurated his piggy bank by putting a coin in his piggy bank. The moment the coin was put in the piggy bank, the coin's reflection appeared on the TV screen. His
by Sushil Harsh
uncle said, “See, the colour has changed. When it is full, your TV will start working.” Innocent Meeku Rabbit was convinced. He started putting the money in the piggy bank. He daily checked the change in the colour on the screen of his TV toy. One day, Meeku Rabbit was very excited when he saw his TV toy was almost filled with the coins. He thought, 'Now I want only couple of few more coins to make it totally full and my TV will start working. I can operate it whenever I want. I will impress all my friends with my TV.'
But suddenly, his TV toy fell off from his hands and its TV screen got a crack. Meeku Rabbit started crying. He went to his uncle. He was still crying. His uncle made him quiet and repaired the TV screen with quickfix solution. His uncle said, “Look Meeku, I am afraid now that your TV will not work. But just think because of your TV toy how much money you have saved?”
“Does it mean had I not saved this much of money, I would have spent the money on nothing?” asked Meeku Rabbit. “Exactly, did you notice, otherwise how much money you would have wasted on nothing? Now I will open a bank account for you in the post office so that you get into habit of regular saving. And you can use your saved money on something which really is useful for you,” said his uncle. Meeku Rabbit asked, “So, what do we do with this TV toy?” His uncle clarified, “Come on! This is just a toy to make you understand the good habit of saving money. See, there is no machine inside this TV toy.” Meeku Rabbit understood everything and realised that because of an ordinary looking TV toy, he had understood the importance of habit of saving money. ●
HA! HA! HA!
Book seller: If you buy this mathematics book, you are sure to score 50 marks from the 100 marks maths paper. Student: Then give me 2 copies of the same book.
* Teacher: Sonu, if your attendance is below the mark, you will not be allowed to sit for the examination. Sonu: That is fine, Madam. I will give my examination while standing.
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DABOO SINGH OPENED THE DOOR TO GET THE MILK.
BY KHALIL KHAN THE MILKMAN MEASURED THE MILK AND POURED IT IN THE POT. DABOO SINGH ENQUIRED ABOUT THE INCREASING PRICE OF THE MILK. WHY PRICES OF MILK HAVE GONE UP SO HIGH?
THE MILKMAN SMILINGLY REPLIED– VERY SIMPLE SIR, EARLIER, WE MIXED TAP WATER TO THE MILK AND NOW WE MIX MINERAL WATER TO THE MILK.
(REGISTERED) RNI 26884/75
WPP U(C) 145/75/2009-11
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