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Chinese Sparrows

Once there was a merchant who happened to acquire six sparrows from China. "They'll make a fine gift for my lord," thought the merchant. But knowing the lord to be very superstitious and always concerned about omens, he suspected that His Lordship might not like the number 'six'. In order to make the number a lucky 'seven', he added one...

The Chair

Once the mountain kingdom of Nepal was ruled by a liberal and kind-hearted king. He liked discussing problems of the state with important people of his kingdom. This practice made him popular and successful. In one such meeting, he noticed that no one except himself had a comfortable seat. Being kind-hearted, he was concerned. He decided to get suitable seats...

The Man who Saved the Moon

A kind-hearted man, looking down into a well, saw the reflection of the moon in the water. "Oh! My God! The moon has fallen into the well," he muttered mournfully and hurried to fetch a hook tied to the end of a long rope. Quickly, he let the hook fall deep into the well, holding fast to the rope. The hook hit...

The Tiger and the Dried Persimmons

There was once a small and sleepy village, surrounded by mountains on all sides. A tiger lived on the mountain behind the village. Whenever he climbed to the top of the mountain and roared, the people in the village trembled with fright. On a winter night, when all the world seemed to be covered with snow, the tiger climbed down. He...

Take Care

Look out for the traffic! Be careful! Don't fall into the drain!" "Oh, Mum! I'm only going to the shop to buy you a loaf of bread. The way you're going on, the neighbours will think I'm cycling all the way to London! You know there's very little traffic on our quiet estate roads… and anyway, the drains are not...

Juan Tamad and the Flea-Killer

One weakness leads to another. So it was with Juan Tamad's laziness. As his body was lazy, so was his mind. Truth being often hard to tell, he took recourse to lies, which came easy to him. Telling lies became his second nature. One day his mother sent him to town to buy a cooking pot. It so happened that...

A Lucky Hunter

There was once a hunter who, on the seventh birthday of his son, decided to go hunting to get something nice for the feast. But as he reached for the gun on the wall, it slipped from the pegs, hit the stone mortar below and alas, its barrel was bent like the letter L. "Father, that's a bad sign," cried...

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was one of the world's most celebrated aviators. She broke records and charted new skies in the course of her short life....

The Adventurer

I am sure all families are interesting. But I like to think that my family is especially interesting. I have such great nephews and...

Nikola Tesla – Unsung Prophet of Electrical Age

If you ask anyone or check up in the encyclopaedia, who invented the radio or X-rays, chances are you will never come across the...

Why do Onions Make us Cry?

One of the earliest memories I have as a child is when I was approximately three or four years old. I remember watching my...

Why’s the Sun Red during Sunrise and Sunset?

As day breaks, a reddish-white ball of light that we call the sun, rises. This red haze gives way to a golden-white sheen as...