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Just Pour It Into The River

A man was having a stress filled day. In modern times, this is quite common place. Everyone has stress related to work, family, finances, relationships etc. Perhaps we expect too much from those around us as well as from ourselves. Perhaps we set our targets too high and they in turn give us stress. Perhaps we are trying to achieve too much, in too little time. I wonder what we are trying to prove ...

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Donation

A stock broker was expecting huge losses in his business, because of the stock market conditions. The Market Index was falling by the minute. The man was sweating with tension. Instantaneously he said, "Oh God! If I can come out of this mess without making a loss, I shall donate a lakh of rupees to the temple being constructed in our locality." His heart beat went up and down with the stock mar ...

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King For 5 Years

There was a precedent in a small province, that the king was elected for a period of five years. Thereafter he was sent to the jungle. Once the five years were over, he had to fend for himself. He could take nothing along. No money, food, shelter, clothing, servants; not even family. It was a strange custom, but it had been prevalent since long. The former king in the jungle would eventually be ...

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The Best Gift

A couple had grown old. They were failing health. As usually happens in old age, both had health issues; some serious, others trivial. They still had their share of arguments but they were both dependent on each other's presence. With God's grace, they were well off. They were not dependent on their three sons and a daughter. Each of the four children were busy in their own lives and spent a li ...

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The Sage’s Mouse

There once was a sage who had a pet mouse. It used to play around while the sage did his daily routine of prayers, meditation etc. The sage was very fond of the mouse and would feed it with grains etc. One day the sage noticed that the mouse was scared of the cat that would sometimes be found lurking around the premises. With the strength of his mystical prowess the sage turned the mouse into a ...

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Chaubeyji wanted to cross the river one dark and windy night. He had come to the other side of the river to meet someone this morning. The day had just passed loitering around the festive bazaars and chit-chatting with old friends. In the company of his friends he had a drink or two. As the day drew to a close, he realized that it was high time he went home to the other side of the river. When ...

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The King’s Shoe

A king was once roaming the streets of the city as part of an annual religious procession. He saw that some people looked happy while others looked tense and forlorn. The king walked on and an attendant walked behind him holding a large umbrella over his head to shield him from the scorching heat of the sun. The king suddenly felt that one of his feet was getting burnt as the heat from the grou ...

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Dividing The Roti Again

There is an old folktale about two cats that found a roti and asked a monkey to help them divide it into two equal halves. (See Sunrays for Wednesday). In that story, while trying to equalise the two portions of the roti, the monkey kept taking little bites from each of the two roti portions. Eventually he ate up the entire roti and the two cats were left gaping! He succeeded in fooling the cats! ...

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Daanveer Karan

Krishna's favourite disciple Arjuna was pestering Him to tell him why Karan was said to be most charitable of them all. Krishna pointed towards two mountains and they turned into gold. He said, "Arjuna, I give these to you. You in turn must donate them to the villagers in this area. See that you donate all of the bulk. Don't save any for yourself." The next day, Arjuna gathered all the villa ...

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Smart Move!

Grandfather had just died a few days back. The grandchildren were to be given the family jewels. Each one's share was ear marked to perfection. One of the grandsons was handed over a pouch of twenty green emeralds that was assigned to his name. The man took the emeralds to a jeweller and asked him to make him a necklace for his wife. The jeweller took one look at the stones and knew that they were ...

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Ground Allottment

There was a large open ground in the middle of a town. The land belonged to the government. Because of paucity of funds, it was not being looked after and had become a dumping ground for garbage and refuse. Wild grasses were growing there. It was infested with snakes, rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes and the like. The village elders decided that something must be done about this breeding ground for v ...

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Travel Partners

Three friends were on a business trip. After days of travel they are tired. On the last night of their travel, they realised that they had only one chapatti left amongst the three of them. They could not make up their minds how to divide it or who should have it, so they decided that all three of them would go to bed hungry. Who-so-ever had the best dream would get the chapatti as a reward in the ...

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A Very Good Maid

Down memory lane I remember an auntie who would often walk into our home (my parental home), at odd hours of the day. Her husband was in the merchant navy, so she was usually by herself. Her twin boys, then of the age of eight or nine were a naughty twosome. They were known for playing cricket in the park adjacent and breaking the window panes of the houses adjoining. They would abuse loudly, the ...

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Stuck In The Muck!

Laxmit was verily a typical family man. His life revolved around his home and office. Like clockwork he would attend office from 9 am to 5 pm. He would come straight home and spend time with his parents, wife and children. Such was his routine for years and years. The children grew up and went away to work. Laxmit was old now. He had never developed the habit of prayer. One day a friend invited ...

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Punishment For Birbal

There are numerous tales where Birbal was consulted for helping the Emperor Akbar to decide difficult cases so that justice could be done. Birbal was considered to be the wisest man in the kingdom. Due to this he earned the respect of many and the jealousy of some too. Once, Birbal committed an error. It was documented that Birbal had made a mistake. So as per the law of the land, he had to be ...

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Drunken Businessman

A very rich business tycoon had a whole lot of people working in his industry. He had a small township where all his employees used to live. The businessman was a very upright man with a high moral character. He was usually very respectful towards all, especially women. Once night he got drunk. He started walking on the streets of the township in that inebriated condition. He passed some lewd c ...

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The Best Tea

A group of elderly gentlemen were at a tea sampling meet. The choicest varieties of tea were being served in small portions. Most of the teas were of exotic flavours and very expensive. The distinguished looking gentlemen wore designer suits, tuxedos or kurtas. Most of them were platinum blondes. Their expensive spectacles oozed class. Their clothes were ironed such that the creases could draw ...

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The Winning Toss

A group of children were representing the school in a festival of music. Group entries in various categories had been invited and many teams from four states were participating. One of the teams was being led by its music teacher called Zubini. She knew that the team was very talented and had practised very hard. The auditions started. With their hearts in their mouths, they cleared round one a ...

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Dog-Poop

The Chief Minister was expected to arrive any minute for a large program where hundreds of people had gathered. There was an oil lamp in place at the corner of the stage, for the ceremony of 'lighting of the lamp'. Some incense sticks had been lit to create a sweet smelling ambience. A large number of marigold garlands and rose bouquets were in place for welcoming the VIP's. Just as the secu ...

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Free To Do As I Please

There is a fable about the Emperor of China sending his people, to invite a sage who lived in the Himalayas, to become the Prime Minister of China. When the messengers reached there after a long journey, the sage was taking a dip in the river that ran by his hermitage. The messengers had to wait a while, till he came out and did his prayers. After paying respects to him, the men very solemnly told ...

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