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Dove With Red Dots

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

It was only October, but the weather was freezing cold in Varmaska. The houses along the narrow street leading to the city centre were deserted. A few hundred people inhabiting Varmaska had locked themselves inside their homes. It was very cold for the birds as well, who were not prepared for the early winter. “What…

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Ali & the Sunset

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Ali had prepared really hard for the race. So, when the day came, he was certain of his victory. Everyone was on his mark, ready to go, when the referee blew his whistle. Others were no match to Ali’s speed. Ali was way ahead of others. He touched the finish line at the end of…

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Hungry Dogs

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

Not so long ago, two stray dogs lived in a lane in Srinagar, Kashmir. They would never leave the locality.  One of them was a big dog and the other was just a puppy. Every morning when the local bakery opened, they would get up from their resting place and sit in front of the…

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Rihana & Old Woman

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

Rihana was sad, sitting in her small room. She needed all the toys she could have at five. She had none. Her parents wanted to bring her the moon and the stars, but they could not afford it. Her father, a blacksmith, worked really hard to earn for his family, but all he could manage…

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Samad And Ali

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

Samad and Ali, two farmers, lived in a remote village in England in 1724. They were neighbours. Their houses and fields were situated side by side. They both grew rice in their fields. Though Samad’s field was half the size of Ali’s, it produced enough rice every year for him to have all the benefits…

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Maya’s Pets

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

Tale By: Arifa Gani Maya was an energetic girl. She lived in East London with her parents, Mr and Mrs Smith. She loved her city, her home and most of all her parents. Her parents loved her back equally. There was one more thing she was very fond of —pets. So, her parents gifted her…

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Cows Are Home

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Illustration by: Neha Kumari

A farmer had a black cow and a white cow. He had some land, where the cows would graze. Every morning, he would open the gate of the byre and let the cows out. The cows would never leave the grassland. With time, the farmer bought more cows to bolster his income. He now had…

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John, The Monster

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Illustration by: Neha Kumari

Long ago in a small village in Persia, a man, named John, lived with his beautiful wife and a lovely little daughter. They had a small house, but their love for each was immense. In the yard of the house was an apple tree, which grew three apple daily. John and his family lived on…

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Mother Bird & Chicks

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A finch mother bird had three chicks. She had colourful feathers. When her chicks were born, she took great care of them till they were old enough to fly. When they wanted to fly around, she would accompany her young ones. She would tell her children that they were too young to fly too far.…

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Girl With Red Boots

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Illustration By: Neha Kumari

In a small village somewhere in the mountains of Kashmir, there lived a little girl who had curly brown hair and brown eyes. Her skin was as smooth as velvet. Her parents had decided that if they ever had a daughter, they would name her Hana. She loved the colour red. Hana lived with her…

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