Read by -Monica Sharma

Lesson -1 : The Two Pots

There was a heavy flood in a river. After three days the flood subsided. Among many other things, a copper pot and a earthen pot were floating side by side in the river.

The copper pot saw the earthen pot and said, “My friend, you are made of soft mud, and are week. Come closer to me, if you wish. I will protect you from harm.”

“Thanks for your good feelings for me,” said the earthen pot.”But I dare not come closer to you. You are so strong and sturdy. I am so weak and fragile. By chance, if we crash into each, I will shatter into a thousand tiny bits. If you are really my well-wisher, please keep away from me.”

Saying so, the earthen pot smoothly floated away from the copper pot.


Lesson-2 : The Wind and the Sun

Once the wind and sun had an argument. “I am stronger than you,” said the wind. “No, you are not,” said the Sun.

Just at that moment they saw a traveller walking across the world. He was wrapped in a cloak. The Sun and the Wind agreed that whosoever of them could separate the traveller from his cloak should be declared the stronger.

The Wind took the first turn. He blew with all might to tear the traveller`s cloak from his shoulders. But the harder he blew, the tighter the traveller gripped the cloak to his body. The struggle went on till the Wind`s turn was over.

Now it was the Sun`s turn. The Sun smiled warmly. The traveller felt the warmth of the smiling Sun. Soon he let the cloak fall open. The Sun`s smile grew warmer and warmer…. hotter and hotter. Now the traveller no longer needed his cloak. He took it off and dropped it on ground. The Sun was declared stronger than the Wind.


Lesson- 3 : The Villager and Spectacles

There was a villager. He was illiterate.

He did not know how to read and write. He often saw people wearing spectacles for reading books or papers. He thought, “If I have spectacles, I can also read like these people. I must go to a town and buy a pair of spectacles for me.”

So one day he went to a town. He entered a spectacles shop. He asked the shopkeeper for a pair of spectacles for reading. The shopkeeper gave him various pairs of spectacles one by one. But he could not read anything. He told the shopkeeper that all those spectacles were useless for him. The shopkeeper gave him a doubtful look. Then he looked at the book. It was upside down. The shopkeeper said, “Perhaps you don’t know how to read.”

The villager said, “No, I don’t. I want to buy spectacles so that I can read like others. But I can’t read with any of these spectacles.”

The shopkeeper suppressed his laughter with great difficulty when he learnt the real difficulty of his illiterate customer.

He explained to the villagers, “My dear friend, you are very simple and ignorant. Spectacles don’t help to read and write. They merely help you to see better. First of all you must learn to read and write.”


Lesson – 4 : As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

One night three thieves stole a lot of money from a rich man’s house. They felt very hungry. There was no food in the forest. So one of them went to a nearby village to buy food. The other two remained in the forest to take care of the bag of money.

The thief that went for food had an evil idea. He ate his food at a hotel. Then he bought food for his two mates in the forest. He mixed a strong poison with the food. He thought, “Those two will eat this poisoned food and die. Then I will get all the money for myself.”

Meanwhile, the two wicked men in the forest decided to kill their mate on his return. They thought that they would then divide the money between the two of them.

All of three wicked men carried out their cruel plans. The thief who wanted all the money for himself came to the forest with the poisoned food. The two men in the forest fell upon him and killed him. Then they ate the poisoned food and died.

Thus, these evil people met with an evil end.


Lesson – 5 : The Money Lender and His Purse

Once a village money lender lost his purse. He announced a reward of a hundred rupees to the person who found it and returned it to him. A poor farmer found it. It contained one thousand rupees. The farmer was poor and needy but, at the same time, he was an honest man. He went to the money lender and returned the purse to him.

The money lender opened the purse and counted the money in it. It was one thousand rupees. Then he said to the farmer, “You are a smart fellow. You have taken your reward beforehand.”

The farmer angrily asked, “What do you mean?”

The money lender said, “I mean what I say. The purse contained eleven hundred rupees. But now there are one thousand rupees in it. This means that you have already taken the reward money from the purse.”

The farmer said, “I have not taken any money from the purse. Let us go to the Sarpanch and settle the matter.”

So they went to the Sarpanch. The Sarpanch heard both the parties. He felt sure that the money lender was dishonest.

He asked the money lender, “Are you sure that your purse contained eleven hundred rupees?”

The money lender said, “Yes, Sir.”

The Sarpanch said, “Then this purse is not yours.”

And the Sarpanch gave away the purse to the farmer.



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