Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby Elephant and the Tailor

Once upon a time there was a baby elephant, who lived with its mother in the mountain side.
The baby elephant liked to eat banana.

One day it went with its mother to the market.
They passed through a tailor shop, where the tailor was with his customer.

The tailor was cutting a cloth using his inch tape, scissors.
The tailor gave a banana to the baby elephant.
Everyday the baby elephant went to the tailor and asked for banana.
The tailor also gave . The baby elephant ate the banana and walked happily .
Since the elephant came everyday for banana, the tailor became angry .

So, the tailor decided that when the elephant will come the next day, he will 
insert a needle into the banana.
The next day, he gave the banana with needle to the elephant .

The needle hurt the baby elephant's tounge and it was bleeding.
It cried and its tears flowed down like a river.
The baby elephant cried and told its mother about the bad tailor.
The mother elephant got angry and took a hockey stick to beat up the tailor. 
The tailor was beaten up by the mother elephant and the shop was ruined. The tailor cried and asked sorry.
Thereafter the tailor understood his mistake and became a very nice man .
The baby elelphant lived happily with its mother.

The moral of the story is,
"Dont hurt anybody. In return you will be hurt. Be happy and make everybody happy."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nadhipur ki Kahani -in hindi

Nadhipur Ki Kahani
The kids can use this story for enacting on stage.
I have written this story in hindi below.
This story is in English in this same blog, The Town of Nadhipur
It includes 15 characters. I am telling this story in drama style.
The characters are
1. Story Teller #1
2. Story teller #2
3. Common Person CP#1
4. Common Person CP#2
5. character 1
6. character 2
7. character 3
8. Nadhi ki machlee
9. nagarvaasi #1
10. nagarvaasi #2
11. nagarvaasi #3
12. Maharaja
13. Maharani
14. Manthri
15. Moral Teller

Story Teller #1
Nadhipur Ki Kahani
Aao sunthe hein nadhipur ki kahani,
uskaa ek thaa raja, ek thi rani,
unke raajya mein na thaa paani !

CP #1
na thaa paani? kya karan hai?

character 1
Ek samay  thee ek nadhi,
sundhar aur paani se bhari

CP #1
phir kyaa huaa?

character 2
pur lOgOn ne daala,
paani mein kachda.

character 3
aur nahin kiya nadhi ki safayee,
phir nadhi ban gayee gandhi naali.

hai ram, phir ?

Nadhi ki machalee
mujhe gandhi paani nahin chaahiye,
mein is nadhi ko chOdke jaa rahi hoon.

CP #2
thabse ,us nadhi mein machliyaan nahin rahin

Nagarvaasi #1
is gandhe paanni ko kaise pee sakthe hein ?
hum is nagar ko chOdke jaa rahe hein.

CP #2
Ab, is samasyaa ko log, maharaj ke paas le jaathe hein

kya karen manthriji?
nadhi ki paani gandhi ho gayi

maharaj, lOgOn se kehna hai
ki paani mein kachda na daalen

maharaj, nagar mein baarish bhi nahin hai.
uska kya karenge aap ?

maharaj, lOgOn ne ghar banane ke liye
aur jalaaoo lakdi ke liye pade kaat daale

Maharaj -  lOgOn se poochthe hein
nagar vaasiyOn, is nagar ko rehne laayak kaise banaa sakthe hein ?

Nagarvaasi #2
maharaj, aaj se, nadhi mein kachda nahin daalenge

Nagarvaasi #3
hum naye ped aur rakhenge, thab, baarish aayegi

CP #2
kuch maheenOn baadh, nadhipur ki dhashaa

Story teller #2
nadhipur ki nadhi saaf hai,
naye ped baddhe, baarish barsi,
machliyaan phir se aa gayeen,
nagarvaasi khush thhey!

Moral Teller
is kahaani se hum seekhthhe hain ki,
paani ko apavithra na karen aur
pEdOn ko naa Kaaten !

(Moral of the story is
Save trees and Don't pollute water !)

Please post your comments if you use my stories or rhymes on stage !
Thanks in advance !

The Town of Nadhipur

Come kids, lets listen to the story of the Town of Nadhipur,

There was a King and a Queen, but there was no water.
Oh ! no water ?
Yes, but once , there was a beautiful river and it always had lots of water.

Then what happened to the water ?

The people of that town threw garbage into the water and made it dirty.
They didn't clean up the river and it turned into a ditch.

The fish who lived in that river said, "we can't live in this dirty water " .
So, we are leaving this river.

People too did not have clean water to drink.
They didn't realize that it was their mistake.

The problem is addressed to the King.

The King asks his minister , "What is the solution to this problem , minister ?
The river has become dirty and there is no drinking water ."

The minister says, "Respected King, People have polluted the river water ."

Then, the Queen too says, "Rspected King, there is no rain in the town.
What is the solution for that ?"

The Minister says, " Respected King, the people have cut down trees for
building houses and for firewood. That is why there is no rain ."

The King asks the people, "What are you going to do to save the town?
You polluted the river water and cut down the trees.
Now, we don't have rain and drinking water in the town."

The people one by one say,
"We will not pollute the water and put garbage into the river water."
"We will not cut down trees, instead we will plant new trees ."

After some months, the town of Nadhipur became very beautiful with many new trees,
and the river was all cleaned up.
The people never polluted the water and they never cut down trees.
The fish came back to live in the river.
There was enough rain in the town.

Moral of the story is " Save trees and don't pollute water !"
"Save water , save earth "

Friday, March 23, 2012

Temples and Prasadams

Happy Ugadi to all !
My grandma told me about the speciality of prasadams of some temples. So, I thought to share with
all of you .

Tirupathi Venkateswara Temple -
The prasadams are laddu, vadai ,pongal, etc... All the prasadams are made out of  pure ghee and whole pepper. They don't use red chillies or oil.  The reason behind this
is that, once, Sri Venkateswara got hurt on his chin. So, his mother Vagullamaalika asked the  cook to use only ghee.

Udipi Krishna Temple - 
The lord can be worshipped only through a window with nine hole , called the "Navagraha Kitiki".
The God himself goes to the Madapalli , where the neivedyam / prasadam  is cooked.

Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple -
There is free food for everybody everyday. So, only after everybody eats , the neivedyam is given for the Goddess. She is like the mother of all, like mothers at home eat after every member in the family has eaten the food.
Even after the neivedyam is offered to the Goddess, the remaining food is
tied up in a big bundle and hung on a tree outside the temple. The reason being , that even if robbers come, they should have food and should not return hungry.

In Kerala, in the madapalli (kitchen) in all temples, they use only coconut fibre (தேங்காய் நார்) to burn the stove to cook prasadams.

In Uppiliyappar Temple, (Vishnu temple) there will be no salt added to all the prasadams.

In Pazhani Murugan Temple, Panchamritham is the very famous and special prasadam. They use only malai vazhaippazham for making the prasadam.

will continue .......