White Duck

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

The sun had stopped shining over the lake. The summer was over, winter about to begin, to freeze everything that black ducks called home. It was time for the birds to migrate to warmer regions to spend their winter. The entire colony of the birds was getting ready to begin their long flight. While the…

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Old Man & Boy

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

It was very cold one Wednesday morning in December. An old man in rags was sitting idle outside a town school. The sky was overcast, as if just minutes from snowing. The old man was frail, his hands trembling, his wrinkled cheeks red. Young students, in neat and warm school uniforms, were coming in, all…

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Hero of Maple Town

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John had just landed in Maple Town, where his father had been transferred to. Lean, little John had to leave behind his friends and good company. In Maple Town, things were different. The surroundings were green and clean, but many a kid there was rather rough. One boy in particular, named Steel, who was known…

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Village Thief

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Deep in the Himalayas, there was a small village, an abode to people who were unknown to trickery and wars. They were artists and artisans, who hadn’t seen much of the outside world. A wicked thief came to the village once, and, sensing the villagers’ lack of knowledge, spread a lie: “A monster that destroyed…

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Hunter & Two Parrots

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Illustration by: Neha Kumari

A hunter once walked to the jungle. He was hunting for pretty birds to capture. After trying very hard for many hours, he was getting exhausted and discouraged, as all his attempts to cage a bird or two had been in vain. The disheartened hunter sat under a tree to rest for a little while…

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Mouse & Eagle

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Illustration by: Danish Mir

A brown mouse was sitting quietly in a corner of a bus stop. The mouse was sad. There also lived an eagle on the roof of the bus stop, and she was always looking out for prey. The mice were her favourite. The eagle spotted the mouse, but the rush of the people around didn’t…

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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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