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I was sitting on the side of a beach, watching the sunset, taking in the fresh air, enjoying the sounds of waves splashing around. Suddenly I was disrupted by a sudden moment in front of me, which blocked my view of the sun.
I got up, in order to see what it was, and found that it was a guy. Not just any guy, but a really handsome guy. A smile came to me without my knowledge. I shouted, “Oi, you are blocking my view”.
He turned around, smiled at me, apologized and moved away.
I lay down, happy that my view was clear, but my mind was disturbed with the questions ‘Who is he? What does he do? Where is he from? Can I go talk to him?’
I sighed and tried to hush the thoughts away, as I had come out here so that I can be in peace and not think about anything for a while.
But, it wasn’t written in my fate. The guy was now standing right in front of me, smiling. Even though I liked this view as well, I was irritated and my mind was thinking about hot annoying one can get. As if blocking my view was not enough, he was now right in front of me.
I sat up, and motioned him to sit. He sat down, still without a word. Silence continued as we both were very much intrigued by the nature’s beauty.
Soon, the sun went down and the moon came up, lighting up the beach with its surreal light. I smiled and I somehow knew that he was smiling too.
Few more minutes passed in silence, and finally he broke it by saying a faint Hello. I didn’t reply. I didn’t speak. I was still in trance with the beauty of the nature. It took me a few minutes to realize that he had spoken and was expecting a reply from me, I turned to look at him and saw that he was looking at me. I smiled and said, “Hey Stranger”.
He grinned, it looked cute on him, “Beautiful right?”, He asked looking at the sky. I nodded. I looked at him again, he was so handsome. I decided to check out his features. Even though he was sitting, he was tall, and had nice muscular body. He had a perfect face, edged in the right way, and those eyes, oh god! Those eyes. I could look in them and get lost forever. Such beauty they were. And those lips. I smiled, and then I noticed his stubble. I frowned a bit. Why ruin such perfect features with this? What a waste! I sighed and concentrated on the waves.
He started talking, and then even I talked. We talked a lot to be precise. He spoke about his interests and I spoke about mine. Then we spoke about anything and everything. There was nothing to stop us, we had all the time in this world, and we had so much to talk to. It felt good. We could bond, we could share.
I found a new friend in him. And so he did in me. It was jovial. The clock ticked and time went by very fast. Before we knew, the sun was coming back up again. We became quiet once the sun started rising. It was another beauty. We enjoyed it, the sun coming up, the birds chirping, the nature coming to life, and the time we had spent. But it was time to leave.
I got up, gave him a little hug. Kissed him on his cheeks and then frowned cause it hurt me. I guess he felt bad, but I wouldn’t worry about it now. I was happy. Way too happy.
I came back to our rooms, I saw my friends wide awake, I went to them and hugged them happily. When they all asked me what happened and where I had been, I spoke the words I had heard from some series a long time back,
I met a guy, we talked. It was epic. But then the sun came up, And the reality set in.
They laughed and just brushed it away, but I knew I wouldn’t. It was once in a lifetime experience. I didn’t know who he was, where he came from or what he did, but we had talked so much. I didn’t know his name neither did he know mine, but for whatever it was, it was worth it.
We were leaving that day. So I packed my bags, and got ready to leave. I took my bags out, dumped them in the cars, and looked around to take it all in for one last time.
I saw him there, waiting for me probably. I went to him. The first thing I saw was that he had shaved. Now he was looking perfect, like an Angel. Making me wonder even more if what happened last night was true. He hugged me and gave a peck on my cheek.
“Doesn’t hurt now does it?”, he asked. I shook my head and smiled. “Thank you, for everything”.
He just nodded. I gave him one last hug and went back. My friends were waiting for me. I turned around to see that he was still standing there. My friends were all giving me weird looks asking me who he was. I didn’t bother to reply, because I knew one thing now. Everything that happened was true. It wasn’t just a dream.
I smiled as I sat in the car. As we went, I shouted at him, “You look good when you shave”, and then I left.
Sometime, somewhere there lived a Cow called Punyakoti. It lived in a barn with its kids and grandkids. The farmer who owned Punyakoti and her calves used to take them down the hill to graze daily. One day while these cows were returning to their barn after grazing a Lion came in front of them and started growling. Punyakoti knew that this would be the end of life for her and her family. As the lion was very hungry he wanted to eat the biggest cow. Punyakoti was the biggest of all. So, she goes to the Lion and tells him, “Brother Lion I accept to surrender myself to you as your food, but first let me go leave my kids and grandkids in the barn where they can be safe”.
Lion was shocked by such a request. He knew that the cow wouldn’t come back and was just saying such words so that it can escape. So, the Lion disagreed to Punyakoti’s request. Punyakoti then said, “Oh, Lion brother I promise to come back to you. I only want to see my children to safety”. The Lion was touched by the Cow’s words and agreed to let her go.
Punyakoti thanked the Lion and as usual took her kids home. As soon as they reached the barn, she called all her children and grandchildren near her and hugged them. Then she told them that they should behave very well and do everything as the masters say. She also told them that they should be very careful and that they should look after each other, now that she won’t be with them anymore. She asked them not to fight with themselves and to always be together. At last the time came for her to leave. “You should always keep the promises you make, Never forget that”, and saying that she took a last look at her house and kids. She started walking to the place where she promised the Lion she would meet him.
During all this the Lion was waiting impatiently for the Cow. He was angry at himself for getting fooled by a cow. He swore to himself that he would kill her the next day when she would come back to graze in the fields. He got up and was about to leave when he sees the cow coming from a long distance.
Surely enough Punyakoti came to him as she promised. She said, “Oh! Lion brother, here I am as I promised. I have left my kids at home and told them everything that I should. Now I am ready to sacrifice myself to fill your stomach. Thanks for waiting”.
Now, the Lion was totally mesmerized. He had expected the cow to not show up and yet here she was standing in front of him willing to sacrifice herself. He didn’t know what to say. He was shocked by her loyalty and her willingness to keep her promise. He then realized how bad he had been. All his life he had done nothing but kill other animals so that he could live. He thought that the god was punishing him for all his sins.
He turned to Punyakoti and said, “Dear cow, I never thought you would show up but you still came back. I am really touched by your honesty and loyalty. I can’t bear to kill you after this. Its time you should return back to your house. Your master and your kids would be worried. I must thank you for teaching me this great lesson. I won’t kill another soul on this earth”. Saying this tiger jumped off the Hill and ended his own life.
This story teaches us to always be loyal. One should never break the promises he keeps. Just like Punyakoti you may also influence someone to change their life by being honest and loyal. Thus, the Punyakoti returned to her house and All was well.
One night there was a woman at the airport who had to wait for several hours before catching her next flight. While she waited she bought a book and a pack of biscuits to spend the time. She looked for a place to sit and waited.
She was deep into her book, when suddenly she realized that there was a young man sitting next to her who was stretching his hand, with no concern whatsoever, and grabbing the pack of cookies lying between them, He started to eat them one by one.
Not wanting to make a fuss about it she decided to ignore him. The woman, slightly bothered, ate cookies and watched the clock, while the young and shameless thief of biscuits was also finishing them. The woman started to get really angry at this point and thought “If i wasn’t such a good and educated person, I would have given this daring man a black eye by now.”
Every time she ate a biscuit, he had one too. The dialogue between their eyes continued and when only one biscuit was left, she wondered that what he was going to do. Softly and with a nervous smile the young man grabbed the last biscuit and broke it in two. He offered one half to the woman while he ate the other half.
Briskly she took the biscuit and thought, “What an insolent man! How uneducated! He didn’t even thank me! “She had never met anybody so fresh and sighed relieved to hear her flight announced she grabbed her bags and went towards the boarding gate refusing to look back to where that insolent thief was seated.
After boarding the plane and nicely seated, she looked for her book which was nearly finished by now. While looking into her bag she was totally surprised to find her pack of biscuits nearly intact. “If my biscuits are here”, she thought feeling terribly, “those others were his and he tried to share them with me.” Too late to apologize to the young man, she realized that it was her who had been the insolent, uneducated and a thief, not him.
Everyone knows Bees. Bees are a type of insect which produce Honey. People fear Bees because of its sting. How did Bees get their sting? It happened a long while ago.
Once upon a time, there lived a Bee who used to work very hard. He and its family lived in happiness until humans came at that place. The humans took all the honey they had worked hard to gain. So the Bee which was the head of the family started praying to god. After worshipping for a long time God came in front of it and asked what it wanted.
The bee told to god, “Oh! Dear Lord, Me and my family work hard daily by going from flower to flower to collect honey. After doing this for a day we store it in our house the ‘Honey Comb’. Recently, humans have moved into our place and they have started to steal our honey and destroy our house. For their enjoyment we are working all day. So, I have come to ask you to help me and my family to save our honey”.
The God said, “Sure Bee, What do you want me to do?”
The Bee replied,” Give us something, something that will keep humans away from Bee family. Humans should be afraid of us. Give something like that to our family Oh God.”.
The God granted his wish by giving the whole of Bee family a ‘Sting’. Then the God told the Bee,” Dear Bee, I have granted you your wish. I have presented you with a ‘Sting’. Whenever humans come near you, you can push this ‘Sting’ on to their skin and it will kill them”.
The Bee was very happy hearing this. He thanked God and was about to leave when the God called him,” One more thing Dear Bee, As my promise I have given you a ‘Sting’ but remember when you use this sting on a human, with them you will also die. This sting contains your life from now”.
By saying this god left. Bee was in a trance. What had he done? He had not only put his life at stake but also all his fellow beings. He felt very bad and sad for what he had done. There was no way to take back what he had wished for.
He came home and told his family what had happened. They were all disappointed with him. At this time the Wise Bee of the family said,” Always Remember, if you wish bad for others, you will bring a curse upon yourself too”.
In this way, Bees got their sting. That’s why even today if a Bee stings us, it will also die. Therefore, you should never wish bad for other. You should always do well to others. Even if you can’t be good, you shouldn’t be bad.
One day Rangnath a businessman in India decided to go to New York as he had heard much about it. He wanted to see for himself if the beauty of city as described by others was true or not. Finally one day he had the opportunity to go and see the city of beauty. He was excited and tensed at the same time. He had never set foot in another city let alone another country. He wished the people there would be soft and polite.
He took a plane from India and landed in New York. He found the plane ride quite amusing as the air hostesses were good and he felt as if he was flying. He got down the plane and headed for the immigration customs in Kennedy airport. After an hour and half he stepped outside the airport and waited for a taxi. He was a very superstitious person and had believed that to get a good taxi driver you had to do well in all your previous lives. The queue in front of him started to grow small gradually and finally it was his turn to get the taxi. He started praying to all the gods to get a good taxi driver. Suddenly, there was a rash sound, he turned around to see a taxi zooming out from nowhere and coming to stop in front of him. The driver got out and asked Rangnath where he wanted to go. Rangnath was shocked by seeing the driver. He was huge. He was very tall and was very fat. He looked as if devil had come down from hell. Rangnath couldn’t get his lips to move to tell the driver that he wanted to go to Y.M.C.A. So he just turned around and tried to lift the bad and put it in the car. Rangnath, who wasn’t an athlete and didn’t have any superpowers couldn’t even move the bag as it was very heavy and partly because he was too scared to move. Then the driver came to him and asked him to move aside. As soon as Rangnath did as he said, the driver picked up the luggage as if it was a matchbox and kept it in the car and asked our person to get it. Rangnath did as he was told and then said that he wanted to go to Y.M.C.A. The driver smiled and said that he knew the place and would take him there right away. As soon as the driver got into the car and shut the door, the car started zooming out in a lightning speed. Rangnath was afraid by the speed of the vehicle and the speed at which the meter was moving. As fast as it all started it came to an end. The taxi stopped and the driver got up and took the luggage out. The meter was showing $30 but Rangnath had $100 bill with him and no change. So the driver took the $100 and went to the reception to get change. Rangnath went in with him and when he was talking to the receptionists he found that, that place wasn’t Y.M.C.A restroom. The driver had brought him to the working office of Y.M.C.A. Before Rangnath could say anything the driver dragged him back to his taxi, put his luggage back, switched the meter off and started zooming off the car. This time Rangnath was totally shocked because the driver had turned the meter off. The receptionist had mentioned that the Y.M.C.A restroom were 30kms away. He was afraid that the driver would take all his money. In no time they reached the restroom. The driver got out and held the door so that Rangnath may get down. Then the driver picked up Rangnath’s luggage and took it to the Y.M.C.A lounge. He kept it there and came back out. When Rangnath asked him how much it had cost, he simply showed the meter and said $30. Rangnath was confused and asked him why it was $30. He had travelled another 30kms after it. Then the driver replied that it was his fault that he didn’t ask where he wanted to go properly and therefore wouldn’t want to charge on it. Rangnath was totally awed by the driver’s reply. The man who looked like the Devil from hell now looked like an Angel to his eyes. He paid him with $35 and asked him to keep the change. But the driver refused and gave it back to Rangnath and said that he didn’t deserve tips. By saying this he got back into his car and sped away. Rangnath felt very sorry for doubting on such a man. He then learned that one should never judge a person by his outer beauty.
This story tells us how we shouldn’t go upon people’s beauty. Just like the driver in this story there are many persons in the world who may not be beautiful but the only beauty that matters is inner beauty. You should always see a person for who he is inside rather than judging him from his appearance outside.