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Raja Sekhar CH V

Children Stories


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Raja Sekhar CH V

Children Stories


The Mango And Cuckoo

The Mango And Cuckoo

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The sweet Mango..!! Hardly anyone is there who does not like mangoes. And mango trees are associated with the Koyal (Cuckoo). There was a forest near Nuagaon village in Odisha. There were a lot of Cuckoos in the forest. They had a good voice and used to sing the kuhu kuhu tune. The forest animals used to enjoy this voice and the forest used to echo with this sweet voice.


Everything was fine. One fine day, one Cuckoo named Kokila went flying and flying and reached the outskirts of the forest and came near Nuagaon. She became curious and wanted to see the village. She went on roaming in the village. She started singing "kuhu kuhu". All villagers saw Kokila listening and started speaking about this new bird. They liked her pleasant voice. A villager named Damodar saw this new bird and liked the voice. He got a selfish idea to trap Kokila because he wanted to listen to the voice and did not want others to listen to Kokila. Slowly he laid down a net and caught Kokila.


Kokila got scared and lost her voice. By the time Damodar could hide Kokila, another village Ghanshyam saw him and informed the Village Head Rajaram. Rajaram was a very considerate person. He immediately came to Damodar's house and took the bird. Kokila was kept inside a big cage. Because she needed treatment. Rajaram told that he will put a heavy fine on Damodar for troubling an innocent bird and making people lose the enjoyment of a singing bird. Meanwhile, the forest animals and Kokila's friends were searching for Kokila and assumed that she is lost. But Kokila had a very dear friend named Kaveri. She tried and tried her best to search for Kokila.


Damodar apologized and told that if he is able to bring back the voice of Kokila, he should be let free of the fine. Rajaram and all villagers agreed. Damodar came daily to Rajaram's home and gave Kokila honey, different fruit juices, sweet water, normal water, milk, etc to drink so that Kokila can come out of the shock, but months passed by and nothing happened.


Then came the summer and with it came the sweet ripe mangoes. Damodar had some five to six varieties of mango yielding trees. So, he got all different, sweet ripe mangoes plucked. He selected the best of them and took out the juice and gave it to Kokila. As if it worked, Kokila started chuckling a bit. It was big news for villagers and now Damodar requested all villagers to bring the juice of whatever ripe mango varieties they had. There were Banganapalli, Subarnarekha, Akhuras, Dasheri, Lengda, Neelam, and other varieties. All villagers helped. Daily Kokila will have the sweet freshly made mango pulped juice without any mix of water or sugar. A month passed. Slowly Kokila's voice came and finally Kokila began to sing Kuhu Kuhu !!!


It was an amazing day for Damodar, Rajaram, and other villagers. Damodar repented for his selfishness and learned a big lesson not to trouble innocent animals or birds. He had turned into a very good man. Rajaram with the consent of all villagers relieves Damodar from all charges.


Meanwhile, one fine day Kaveri finally found Kokila and told her to come back to the forest. Kokila told the whole story and told Kaveri that she may not be able to come as the villagers, Damodar and Rajaram like her very much. But still, Kaveri told, forest life and village life is different. Friends are missing her. So, Kokila agreed and told Rajaram about this. Now, Kokila had learned the language in which villagers spoke. Villagers told me that at least Kokila should come sometime in a year and spend time in the village. Kokila promised that She and her other cuckoo friends will come to the village as and when the mango trees start flowering and will be there in the village till the Mango fruit season is over.


The villagers became happy and by July that year, Kokila and Kaveri left for the forest. Kokila's friends in the forest listened to the whole experience and thought of tasting the sweet mango. The month of March of next year came. Mango trees started flowering. Kokila informed Kaveri and other friends to move to the village and enjoy the mango season. They all went to the village and started flocking the mango trees with their pleasant voice. The villagers were just amazed and too happy. All the Cuckoo friends stayed in the village for tasting the sweet mango juice daily and this becomes a yearly affair.


That is why every year, Cuckoos are seen on Mango trees during the Mango flowering season and give pleasant music as well as the sweet mango.


Moral of the Story: Accept the mistake and correct the mistake and never trouble any innocent living being. Because every living being is created by Mother Nature to give something good to this world like the sweet mango or the sweet voice of Cuckoo.


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