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The ‘Pumpking’ Soup

King Sondumal was just like his name. Always sleepy and lazy. He had a huge kingdom but he didn’t try to make it rich, strong or happy. People came to him with their problems, but they were always sent back saying the king was resting.

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King Sondumal’s kingdom was in a bad condition. People were poor and unhappy. But do you know who was the unhappiest person in the kingdom? It was the royal cook. He worked hard to grind the spices, cut the vegetables, cook them into rich curries, but the king never liked what he cooked. Everyone else loved what he cooked. But it was just the king who never even finished his meals.

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“What a tasteless curry! You call yourself the royal cook? You don’t know how to make a simple potato curry. Take it away”, the king would shout and go back to bed.

The cook prepared the next meal with even more dedication. But it was impossible to please the king.

One day the cook had an idea. He went to the king and said, “My Lord, I want to treat you to the tastiest meal in the world.”

The king made a face. “ You cannot make a simple

“ You cannot make a simple daal and you talk about treating me to the tastiest meal?”

“Yes my lord, trust me. Pumpkin soup- it’s the tastiest meal in the world.”

“Would someone take this madman away? or should I throw him in the jail? Pumpkin soup is the most tasteless thing in the world. Do you understand?” yelled the king in frustration.

The cook was unafraid. He said, “What if I prove you wrong? I have a ‘pumpking’ growing in my garden.”

“A pumpking? What’s that??” asked the king.

“It’s a royal pumpkin and the tastiest breed of pumpkin. It’s so royal that when anyone who is not a king touches it, it rots immediately. So all I want from you is to go to my garden and bring that ‘pumpking’. I will make you a soup so yummy that you would want it every day. If I fail, you can put me in the jail.”

The king was surprised at his confidence. And he was curious about this ‘pumpking’ growing in his garden. So he agreed.

He called for his chariot.

“My lord, you cannot take a horse or a charioteer with you. They are not kings. The king has to go alone to the garden and pick the pumpking”, said the cook.

So the king walked towards the cook’s home. He found that the cook lives uphill. He started climbing the hill on foot. In just 15 minutes he was sweating and panting heavily. And the cook’s home was still far.

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The king kept walking and walking for 2 more hours and reached the cook’s home at the top of the hill. He found the ‘pumpking’ in his garden.  It was huge. He picked it and carried it back to his palace.

The ‘pumpking’ was too heavy and the road was too long. The king walked for another 2.5 hours before he reached his palace.

He was fuming.

“Now if you don’t make a good meal out of this, I am going to kill you,” said the king.

The cook went inside and quickly made the ‘pumpking’ soup- bland and tasteless.

He served it in the royal bowl to the king who was very tired and hungry.

As soon as he saw the soup, he gulped it down.

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“I can’t believe this! This is definitely tastier than anything I have tasted till now,” declared the king.

And then he asked for two more bowls of ‘pumpking’ soup.

The cook was happy. Back in the kitchen, the cook’s helpers tasted the soup.

“There’s no salt! It tastes horrible,” said the helpers.

“I told you, it’s a royal pumpkin. Only the kings will find it tasty”, said the cook smiling to himself.

 

But kids, you are smart. You know the truth, right? The king worked hard for the first time. He walked for hours carrying the pumpkin on his shoulders, got tired and hungry. So he found even the saltless pumpkin soup tasty. Those who work hard, enjoy their meals the most.

 

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The Messy Mane

Once upon a storytime,

There was a lion, bad and big.

He loved tearing to pieces

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He had big, bad eyes,

Round and red,

And big, bad teeth,

Almost a hundred.

 

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Was his long mane,

That pricked his eyes,

And gave a lot of pain.

 

It was messy, dirty,

Sticky like clay,

It think his mom,

Didn’t wash it this Sunday.

 

One day he spotted,

A rabbit, white like snow,

He moved closer to him,

carefully and slow.

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Growl! He pounced,

Like a toy with spring,

Ready to kill and eat,

That poor little thing.

 

Stop, o mighty king,

You are strong and fearless,

I might be weak,

But I am definitely not useless.

 

Ha Ha Ha! What do you think,

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Or any creature,

As small as you?

 

I can help you,

Tame your mane,

I know it gives you,

A lot of pain.

 

Really, can you do that?

The lion was taken aback.

If you help me,

You get your freedom back.

 

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The rabbit washed

Combed and oiled

The lion’s mane was

No longer spoiled.

 

Then tied his mane

Into a cute tight bun

The lion said,

grooming is actually fun!

 

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Wow! I am free,

Said the happy hare

And the lion was

Free from his dirty, messy hair.

 

Always be ready

To help and care.

Like this weak and small,

But helpful little hare.

 

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Stora and the Sleepless Demon

This is Stora – the story-loving girl.

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Stora never sleeps without listening to 2 stories every night.

“Stora, it’s bedtime”

“No ma. Not yet. It’s storytime”

And mom would tell the stories of

 babies with long tails and a monkies with no tails.

                                               

“Okay, story finished. Now close your eyes and sleep. Bedtime.”

“No ma. Not yet. One more story please.”

And mom would tell the story of a fish who hated swimming and a bird who wished he didn’t have feathers.

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The stories would put Stora to sleep. And she would dream of tail-less

 monkeys and tailed babies; flying fish and birds with fins.

And she would smile in her sleep.

Sometimes even giggle.

 

One day, Stora had gone too far playing hide and seek with friends. She never realized she had gone too far into the jungle.

 

It was as dark as her bathroom at night with lights off.

She held her hands in front of her. It was so dark that she could not even see her hands!

She kept walking until she could see a faint light at a distance.

Stora ran towards the light.

There she saw something that made her eyes go wide.

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A huge, ugly, big-toothed demon!

Stora held her breath and turned to run away but…

“Stop there! Caught you.”

The demon giggled.

“Come here, girl. Come near. Let me have a look at you” said the demon.

Stora trembled from head to toe.

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“L-ll-l-let me go, please. I won’t tell anyone about you. Promise.”

“O come here, i said. Right away” ordered the demon.

He picked Stora up in her hands and brought her closer. Stora’s hair blew as if in a storm when he breathed out.

Ah, pretty girl. Vy you tremblin?’

Y-y-you are going to gobble me up, aint you?

Huh? Gobble you up? Hey what made you think so? Ah, is it because i am a demon? Hmm.. Don’t blame you. Demons do eat up humans. But you know what? I am a vegetarian. Yes.

Stora stared at him open-mouthed.

A monkey with no tail, an anti-swimming fish, a bird that doesn’t fly, and now a demon that doesn’t eat flesh!!  What has happen to the 

world!

“But I have a problem. I can’t sleep. I have not slept for years, you know. The last time I slept was when I was …. In my mom’s lap.”

“Boo-hooo-hooo”

With that, the demon started crying, howling, wailing.

Stora could not see him howling. He got uglier and scarier while crying.

“So, you want me to help you sleep. Is that what you want?”

“Amm.. Not really. I am getting bored sitting alone all night. I want you to talk to me. That’s all.”

Stora thought for a minute.

I must help him. He just needs a friend. He’s not a bad demon

So, Stora like her mother, started telling stories to entertain him.

She told him the story of the elephant that entered the sugarcane field at midnight so that he could eat as much as he can and run away. He ate his heart’s fill and silently tip-toed out of the field. He had reached the corner of the field when, something rose up his stomach, to his throat, till his mouth and ….. Burrrrpp….

He spent the rest of his life working for the farmers.

The demon laughed and laughed. He had laughed for the first time in many years.

Then Stora told the story of a little boy who changed places with a kangaroo’s joey and spent the day jumping.

Then a whale who wished he could play hide-and-seek with small fish and never get caught. But……

Huh!

The demon was fast asleep. Stora knew his friend won’t wake up for days now. He is sleeping after a looong time.

And look, the sun is up and she can easily see her way out of the jungle.

Stora kissed her friend goodbye and left for home happily.

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