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<ul><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 1/47</p><p>JAI SRI RAM</p><p>STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD</p><p>Compiled byS.Geethapriya</p><p>Price Rs. 22.00</p><p>Published by</p><p>Sri Aanjineyaa Pathippagam</p><p>1849, P.K.N ROAD, MUTHU CYCLE COMPLEX,</p><p>BYE PASS ROAD, SIVAKASI-626 189</p><p>CELL : 90034 - 58722</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 2/47</p><p>CONTENTS</p><p>1. Friends 52. Family Misfortunes 83. The Short-sighted Brothers 1</p><p>34. Force of Habit 1</p><p>95. The Fisherman Who Rose Too</p><p>High</p><p>2</p><p>26. Wish List 2</p><p>87. Double Trouble 3</p><p>28. Little One Inch 3</p><p>59. The Tiger's whisker 3</p><p>910. Why Crows are Black 4</p><p>311. Top Answers 4</p><p>812. Disputed Waters 5</p><p>3</p><p>CONTENTS</p><p>13. Making Haste Slowly 5</p><p>514. The Dissatisfied Devotee 5</p><p>7</p><p>15. Stomach Problems 6</p><p>016. Learning from the Enemy 6</p><p>417. Butterfly Lovers 6</p><p>818. The Root of the Matter 7</p><p>419. Dreams 7</p><p>720. Not True 8</p><p>021. Secret of Casket 8</p><p>422. Royal Servant 9</p><p>023. The Generous Student 9</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 3/47</p><p>5</p><p>1. Friends (Africa)</p><p>A mouse and a frog were friends. Every</p><p>morning the frog would hop out of his pond</p><p>and go to visit his friend who lived in a hole inthe side of a tree. He would return home at</p><p>noon.</p><p>The mouse delighted in his friends company</p><p>unaware that the friend was slowly turning into</p><p>an enemy. The reason? The frog felt slighted</p><p>because though he visited the mouse</p><p>everyday, the mouse on his part, had never</p><p>made an attempt to visit him.</p><p>One day he felt he had been humiliated</p><p>enough. When it was time for him to take leave</p><p>of the mouse, he tied one end of a string</p><p>around his own leg, tied the other end</p><p>6</p><p>to the mouses tail, and hopped away,</p><p>dragging the hapless mouse behind him.</p><p>The frog dived deep into the pond. The mouse</p><p>tried to free himself but couldnt, and soon</p><p>drowned. His bloated body floated to the top. A</p><p>hawk saw the mouse floating on the ponds</p><p>surface.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 4/47</p><p>7</p><p>He swooped down, and grabbing the mouse in</p><p>his talons, flew to the branch of a nearby tree.</p><p>The frog, of course, was hauled out of the</p><p>water too. He desperately tried to free himself,</p><p>but couldnt and the hawk soon put an end to</p><p>his struggles.</p><p>In Africa they have a saying: Dont dig too</p><p>deep a pit for your enemy, you may fall into it</p><p>yourself.</p><p>8</p><p>2. Family Misfortunes</p><p>(A tale from Bhutan)</p><p>The Dough family was an unusual one. The</p><p>head of the family, Dough, as his name</p><p>suggested, was a ball of dough. His wife was a</p><p>slab of butter. They had two children, Ant and</p><p>Cotton.</p><p>One morning, Mother Butter asked her son, Ant</p><p>to go and get some resin from the mepche</p><p>tree, as resin made good fuel.</p><p>"Stay away from fresh resin," she cautioned.</p><p>"You could get stuck. Get a small dried piece."</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 5/47</p><p>9</p><p>"She thinks I'm still a baby," thought Ant as he</p><p>climbed jauntily up the tree. "She doesn't know</p><p>how strong I've become." He saw a big blob of</p><p>resin emerging from a crack and rushed</p><p>forward to grab it. And of course he got stuck.</p><p>When he didn't return, Father Dough decided</p><p>to go in search of him.</p><p>"Don't go too near the edge of the road," said</p><p>his wife.</p><p>"You could easily slip and roll down the</p><p>side.""What does she know?" thought Dough</p><p>as he rolled out of the house. "If I follow her</p><p>10</p><p>advice and walk down the middle of the road, I</p><p>could get crushed by the carts going by. I'm</p><p>safer at the edge."He zoomed to the edge of</p><p>the road, lost his balance and went rolling</p><p>down the side of the steep hill.</p><p>When her husband did not return, Mrs. Dough</p><p>asked her daughter, Cotton, to go out and look</p><p>for him.</p><p>"Take care not to walk in open spaces, my</p><p>child," warned Mother Dough as Cotton got</p><p>ready to leave. "You could get blown away by</p><p>the wind."</p><p>Cotton thought her mother was being too</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 6/47</p><p>11</p><p>fussy and went dancing down the street. Then</p><p>disregarding her mother's advice she decided</p><p>to take a short cut across a meadow. She</p><p>didn't even get halfway.</p><p>A gust of wind picked her up and carried her</p><p>away into the mountains.</p><p>Mother Butter waited for her family to return.</p><p>The day got hotter and hotter and Mother</p><p>Butter began to melt and became smaller and</p><p>smaller till finally there was nothing left of her</p><p>except a puddle of liquid.</p><p>12</p><p>So ends the story of the Dough family which</p><p>perished because nobody wanted to be told</p><p>what to do.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 7/47</p><p>13</p><p>3. The Short-sighted Brothers</p><p>(China)</p><p>Three elderly brothers, all very short-sighted,</p><p>lived in a large house on the outskirts of a city,</p><p>in China. One day the youngest brothersuggested that he should take charge of the</p><p>finances. Elder brothers sight is so bad, he</p><p>cannot see how much money hes receiving or</p><p>giving, he said, and people take advantage of</p><p>his disability.</p><p>As if you can see better, sneered the second-</p><p>youngest brother. If youre saying our</p><p>finances should be handled by the one who has</p><p>the best sight, then it is I who should be given</p><p>charge. I can see better than either of you. I</p><p>have my doubts about that, said the eldest</p><p>brother.</p><p>14</p><p>Lets settle this once and for all. Ive heard the</p><p>monastery is putting up a tablet inscribed with</p><p>a saying, above the main doorway, tonight.</p><p>Lets go there tomorrow and test our vision.</p><p>Whoever can read the inscription with the least</p><p>strain will get charge of our money. Agreed?</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 8/47</p><p>15</p><p>Agreed, said his brothers in unison.</p><p>Good! Now go away and let me get a few</p><p>winks.</p><p>As soon as they had gone, the eldest brother</p><p>sneaked out of the house and went to the</p><p>monastery where he met a monk.</p><p>Ive heard youre putting up an inscription</p><p>over the doorway, he said. Can you tell me</p><p>what the inscription reads?</p><p>Certainly. Its a quotation from Confucius. It</p><p>reads: Be Honest At All Times."</p><p>The brother went away chuckling at his</p><p>cleverness. A little later the second brother</p><p>arrived there.</p><p>Can you tell me what the inscription you are</p><p>going to put up over the doorway reads? he</p><p>said to the monk.Everybody seems to want to</p><p>know, said the man.</p><p>16</p><p>"It reads: Be Honest At All Times.</p><p>Is there any decoration around it?</p><p>The tablet has a flowery border.</p><p>The second brother went away very pleased</p><p>with himself. Hardly had he gone when the</p><p>third brother arrived there. He too enquired</p><p>about the inscription and on being told what it</p><p>was, asked if there was any other writing on</p><p>it.</p><p>Only the donors name, Wang Lee, at the</p><p>bottom, said the monk.</p><p>The next morning the three brothers made</p><p>their way to the monastery.</p><p>Theres the inscription, said the oldest when</p><p>they drew near the entrance.</p><p>I can clearly make out the writing. It reads:</p><p>Be Honest At All Times.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 9/47</p><p>17</p><p>Your sight is better than I thought, said the</p><p>second brother.</p><p>But definitely not better than mine. Can you</p><p>see the decoration around the inscription?</p><p>Decoration? What decoration?</p><p>Theres a floral decoration all around the</p><p>tablet, said the brother, triumphantly.</p><p>Very good, very good, applauded the</p><p>youngest brother. But can either of you see</p><p>any other writing on the tablet besides the</p><p>inscription?</p><p>Other writing? intoned the second brother,</p><p>his face falling. What other writing is there?</p><p>The name of the donor, Wang Lee, said the</p><p>youngest brother, pointing.</p><p>Cant you see it? Its at that corner.</p><p>18</p><p>The monk they had talked to the previous</p><p>evening came out of the monastery just then.</p><p>Oh, youve come to see the inscription, he</p><p>said. So sorry. We couldnt put it up yesterday</p><p>evening. We are going to put it up today.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 10/47</p><p>19</p><p>4. Force of Habit (Europe)</p><p>One day a man found a book in his attic.</p><p>The book was so old that the papers were</p><p>yellow and some of the pages crumbled as heturned them.</p><p>He discovered that it was a book on magic but</p><p>try as he might he could not understand any</p><p>portion of it except one paragraph. The</p><p>paragraph stated that on the shores of the</p><p>Black Sea there was a pebble that could turn</p><p>anything it was touched to into gold. This</p><p>pebble, the ancient writer said, could be</p><p>distinguished from the others only by touching</p><p>it : unlike the other pebbles it was warm to the</p><p>touch.The man went to the shores of the Black</p><p>Sea and began to search for the pebble.</p><p>20</p><p>From morning to night he would pick up</p><p>pebbles and feel them. To ensure that he did</p><p>not pick up the same pebble twice he would</p><p>fling every pebble he picked up, far out into</p><p>the sea.</p><p>The days stretched into weeks and then into</p><p>months. A year passed. Then another. The</p><p>man went on looking for the pebble.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 11/47</p><p>21</p><p>But every pebble he picked up was as cold as</p><p>ice and he flung them away as fast as he</p><p>picked them.</p><p>Now he had become so expert at it that he</p><p>could pick up a pebble and fling it into the sea</p><p>with one smooth action.</p><p>One evening as he was wearily leaving the</p><p>beach after another days search he saw a</p><p>pebble in front of him.</p><p>He picked it up. It was warm. But out of force</p><p>of habit he flung it far out into the sea!</p><p>22</p><p>5. The Fisherman Who Rose</p><p>Too High (Europe)</p><p>A fisherman, enfeebled with age, could no</p><p>longer go out to sea so he began fishing in the</p><p>river. Every morning he would go down to the</p><p>river and sit there fishing the whole day long.</p><p>In the evening he would sell whatever he had</p><p>caught, buy food for himself and go home. It</p><p>was a hard life for an old man. One hot</p><p>afternoon while he was trying to keep awake</p><p>and bemoaning his fate, a large bird with</p><p>silvery feathers alighted on a rock near him.It</p><p>was Kaha, the heavenly bird.</p><p>"Have you no one to care for you, grandpa?"</p><p>asked the bird.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 12/47</p><p>23</p><p>"Not a soul."</p><p>"You should not be doing such work at your</p><p>age," said the bird. "From now on I'll bring you</p><p>a big fish every evening. Sell it and live in</p><p>comfort."</p><p>True to her word, the bird began to drop a</p><p>large fish at his doorstep every evening. All</p><p>that the fisherman had to do was take it to the</p><p>market and sell it. As big fish were in great</p><p>demand, he was soon rolling in money.</p><p>He bought a cottage near the sea, with a</p><p>garden around it and engaged a servant to</p><p>cook for him. His wife had died some years</p><p>earlier. Now he decided to marry again and</p><p>began to look for a suitable woman. One day</p><p>he heard the royal crier make an</p><p>announcement.</p><p>24</p><p>"Our king has news of a great bird called</p><p>Kaha," said the crier. "Whoever can give</p><p>information about this bird and help catch it,</p><p>will be rewarded with half the gold in the royal</p><p>treasury and half the kingdom!"</p><p>The fisherman was sorely tempted by the</p><p>reward. Half the kingdom would make him a</p><p>prince!"Why does the king want the bird?" he</p><p>asked.</p><p>"He has lost his sight," explained the crier. "A</p><p>wise man has advised him to bathe his eyes in</p><p>the blood of a Kaha bird. Do you know where it</p><p>can be found?"</p><p>"No...I mean...no, no...."</p><p>Torn between greed and his sense of gratitude</p><p>to the bird, the fisherman could not give a</p><p>coherent reply. The crier, sensing that he knew</p><p>something about the bird,</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 13/47</p><p>25</p><p>informed the king. The king had him brought to</p><p>the palace.</p><p>"If you have information about the bird, tell</p><p>me," urged the king. "I will reward you</p><p>handsomely and if you help catch it, I will</p><p>personally crown you king of half my domain."</p><p>"I will get the bird for you," cried the</p><p>fisherman, suddenly making up his mind. "But</p><p>Kaha is strong. I'll need help."</p><p>The king sent a dozen men with him.</p><p>That evening when the bird came with the fish,</p><p>the fisherman called out to her to wait.</p><p>"You drop the fish and go and I never get a</p><p>chance to thank you for all that you've done for</p><p>me," he said. "Today I've laid out a feast for</p><p>you inside. Please alight and come in."</p><p>26</p><p>The Kaha was reluctant to accept the invitation</p><p>but the fisherman pleaded so earnestly that</p><p>she finally gave in, and alighted.</p><p>The moment she was on the ground, the</p><p>fisherman grabbed one of her legs and shouted</p><p>to the soldiers hiding in his house to come out.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 14/47</p><p>27</p><p>They rushed to his aid but their combined</p><p>effort could not keep the Kaha down. She rose</p><p>into the air with the fisherman still clinging</p><p>onto her leg.</p><p>By the time he realized he was being carried</p><p>away, the fisherman was too high in the air to</p><p>let go. He hung on grimly, and neither he nor</p><p>the Kaha were ever seen again.</p><p>28</p><p>6. Wish List (France)</p><p>His troops, led by four of his finest</p><p>commanders won a great battle for him, and</p><p>Napoleon Bonaparte was in a generousmood.Ask for anything and Ill give it to you,</p><p>he said to the four officers who had</p><p>distinguished themselves.</p><p>Ive always wanted a house in Paris, said one</p><p>of the men, a German.</p><p>Done! said Napoleon. Youll get a mansion in</p><p>the city.</p><p>Ive always desired to own a hotel, said the</p><p>second officer, a Frenchman.</p><p>Done! said the emperor. Ill order a hotel to</p><p>be given to you.</p><p>Ive always wanted a brewery, said the</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 15/47</p><p>29</p><p>third man, a Pole.</p><p>Done! said the emperor. I will give you a</p><p>brewery!</p><p>And you, sir? he said, turning to the fourth</p><p>man. What will you have?</p><p>Grant me a fortnights leave, said the man.</p><p>Done! said the emperor. Your leave begins</p><p>from tomorrow!</p><p>30</p><p>Now the fourth man happened to be a Jew, and</p><p>in those days at least, Jews were supposed to</p><p>be shrewd and possess great business acumen.</p><p>So his colleagues were surprised that he had</p><p>asked for so little. They felt he had missed a</p><p>rare opportunity to become rich, and were</p><p>elated that they themselves had kept their wits</p><p>about them and asked for worthwhile things.</p><p>They asked him about it when they ran into</p><p>him later that day.</p><p>Why did you ask for so little? they taunted</p><p>him.</p><p>Did courage fail you?</p><p>You asked for a lot, replied the Jew. But you</p><p>must remember that the emperor is a busy</p><p>man.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Stories From Around the World</p><p> 16/47</p><p>31</p><p>He will order his secretary to fulfill his</p><p>promises. His secretary too is a busy man. He</p><p>will pass on the order to his assistant who too</p><p>is a busy man. So the emperors order will go</p><p>down from subordinate to subordinate and</p><p>finally in the course of a few monthsitll get</p><p>lost!</p><p>Well appeal to the emperor! shouted the</p><p>Frenchman.</p><p>The emperor will not know what youre talking</p><p>about, said the Jew. By then our great</p><p>victory will have become a dim memory. You</p><p>should have asked for something that the</p><p>emperor could give immediately like I did.</p><p>Now, if youll excuse me gentlemen, I have</p><p>work to do.</p><p>And leaving the three officers gaping, the Jew</p><p>went off to arrange for his holiday.</p><p>32</p><p>7. Double Trouble (Indonesia)</p><p>Jamal was a lazy, good-for-nothing fellow. He</p><p>lounged about the house all day, much to his</p><p>wife Fatimas annoyance. One day, Fatima toldher husband to dig the patch of land outside</p><p>their hut.Ill borrow a spade from our</p><p>neighbor, she said. Then we can plant some</p><p>vegetables.</p><p>Jamal agreed reluctantly. The soil was hard</p><p>and he was soon tired. He leaned against the</p><p>spade for a moment, then, hearing Fatimas</p><p>voice, he quickly resumed digging.</p><p>Thunk! His spade struck metal. Jamal excitedly</p><p>scraped away the mud. It was a big cooking</p><p>pot. As Jamal leaned over to see if there was</p><p>anything in it, his pouch of tobacco and some</p><p>coins...</p></li></ul>

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