Our Body – Age 5

Internal Organs Let us now learn about the inside of our body. The brain, stomach, lungs and heart are some internal organs. Brain The brain is the organ inside the head that controls every organ in our body. Our movement, senses and memory are controlled by the brain. The skull is made of thick bones that protect the brain, eyes and tongue. Lungs Lungs are a pair of organs in the chest that we use...

September 29th, 2011 by admin 

The Best Artist

A despotic sultan who was blind in one eye invited three artists to paint his picture. “If you do a bad portrait, I will punish you,” he warned, “ but if you do a good one I will reward you. Now start!” The first artist produced a picture that showed the sultan as he was: blind in one eye. The sultan had him executed for showing disrespect to his monarch. The second artist showed him with...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Ganpati Swoops Down

There was an unusually hot summer prevailing in South India and Sage Agastya went to mount Kailas to ask Lord Shiva for water. Kaveri happened to be worshipping Shiva at that time. Shiva picked her up and put her in Agastya’s kamandalu. The sage thanked his benefactor and set out for home. Indra did not approve of what Shiva had done and requested Ganpati to somehow overturn Agastya’s...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Kubera’s Feast

Kubera, god of wealth, had become arrogant. One day he decided to host an extravagant feast for the gods, such a feast as never had been hosted before. It would increase his prestige and show all men and gods the extent of his wealth and influence. Accordingly, he went to Mount Kailash to invite Lord Shiva. Shiva was his patron. Kubera owed all his wealth to Shiva who, pleased with his devotion...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

The Man Who Couldn’t Die

Eos, Goddess of Dawn fell in love with a youth named Tithonius, and the two spent many happy years together. But while Eos being a goddess retained her youth, Tithonius began to age. He asked his beloved to grant him immortality. She couldn’t do it on her own so she pleaded his case with Zeus, the supreme deity. Zeus reluctantly granted the boon. The story unfortunately does not have a happy...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Tug of War

There was a rabbit who enjoyed playing tricks on other animals. One day as he was walking in the woods, near the sea he came across a huge elephant pulling out and eating leaves from a tree. “How are you, Mr Elephant?” he called out. “ My, how much you eat!” “That’s because I’m so big,” replied the elephant. “ Small animals like you don’t need much food, but large and powerful...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Timidity

Rabbits are among the most timid of animals. The rabbits of a colony, once had a meeting to discuss this trait of theirs. They came to the conclusion that as their timidity would never leave them, they were doomed to a miserable existence and it would be better to drown themselves and end their misery once and for all. Accordingly, they began to move towards a large lake. When the frogs in the lake...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

The oil-lamp humbled

The oil-lamp humbled An oil-lamp, observing how well it was lighting up the area around it, was filled with pride. “Even the sun could not do better!” he boasted. Just then the wind started to blow and the lamp went out. “Next time you think of comparing yourself to the sun,” said its owner, re-lighting it, “remember...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Plane Truth

Two travellers, seeking respite from the searing heat of the midday sun, took shelter under a leafy tree. They soon felt cool and refreshed. “What sort of tree is this? Does it produce edible fruits?” asked one of the men to the other. “It’s a plane tree,” said his companion. “Don’t waste your time looking for fruits. It produces neither edible fruits nor good wood. It’s one of the...

September 19th, 2011 by admin 

Fear

There was a lion who feared nothing except the crowing of cocks. A chill would go down his spine whenever he heard a cock crowing. One day he confessed his fear to the elephant, who was greatly amused. “How can the crowing of a cock hurt you?” he asked the lion. “Think about it!” Just then a mosquito began circling the elephant’s head, frightening him out of his wits. “If it gets into...

September 19th, 2011 by admin