Aranya Jain, 15, lives in London and studies at St. Paul's Girls' school. Reading, writing, and art are her passions. Over the years, she has had the opportunity of visiting Masai villages in Kenya and Tanzania. She has always been struck by their frugal but happy existence. The Masai take very little from the earth and understand that all species are important and must be protected. This inspired her to write this story.
Punkhawallah Hari and Harry, son of John sahib, are unlikely friends who do not care about the differences in their skin color or their social positions. But when the world around them erupts into violence in 1857 British India, where the brown and the white people stand on opposite sides of the fence, the boys are forced to make choices. Will Harry stay loyal to his beloved adopted country, Hindustan? Or will he betray the sepoys and prove, once and for all, that his loyalty lies primarily with his father's country, England?
"very very good story could have been great"
While aimlessly wandering, a young man overhears an interesting conversation on good business sense. The royal treasurer is explaining to his friend that he can start a business even with one dead rat. The young man is impressed and decides to put this into practice. He picks up a dead rat lying in the street and what follows is his unbelievable journey to success.
Nandishwar the loyal bull wants to express his gratitude to his master, Paramsukh. He comes up with a plan to help Paramsukh win a large amount of money. But Paramsukh behaves in a totally unexpected way and Nandishwar tries to teach him a lesson.
The two trees in the jungle are friends but they don't share the same opinion. One wants to drive away the carnivorous animals who leave the remains of their prey behind. The other tree is against this but its friend comes up with a plan to get rid of this menace.
It is election time in the bird kingdom and everybody wants to be the king. A meeting is held among the great winged creatures to choose the king. From the magnificent Eagle to the tiny Warbler, the nominees are not willing to back off. Soon, the meeting ends in a commotion as everyone is convinced of his worth and not others'. In the end of this Zulu folk-tale, a race would be the only way to choose the right leader.
The Chinese Emperor hears about a nightingale that sings the sweetest songs. When invited to come and sing for the Emperor, the nightingale gladly agrees. The melodious notes of the nightingale win the Emperor's heart. Thus begins a beautiful and endearing friendship that in the end saves the Emperor's life.
Thumbelina is an old lady's wish that came true. She is a pretty little maiden who is no bigger than a thumb. Raised with love and showered with care, Thumbelina is without worries. Then comes an ugly frog who comes peering through an open window. She carries Thumbelina away to get her married to her hideous son. But with the help of some fishes, she manages to escape and finds herself travelling to strange lands filled with even stranger experiences.
It's not an easy life for Nonie's parents. Night or day, she simply won't sleep. What can they possibly do? Maybe magical Aunt Munni has the answer... With mischievous text and joyous illustrations, this story-in-rhyme will delight children of all ages!
Aesop's Fables originated in ancient Greece. It is believed that Aesop was a slave and a brilliant storyteller. These fables are all about worldly wisdom that is conveyed to young listeners in a short and simple style. These stories have been adapted over the centuries. In this story, the clever farmer learns a bitter yet valuable lesson from the snake.