Story of Monkey and Crocodile




 Once there was a  big jamun tree  on the bank of a river .The tree was  home for many monkeys . Monkeys were very fond of  sweet, ripe and delicious jamuns (purple colored sweet fruit) of that tree .  Among those monkeys was a monkey named ' Pintu. He was very naughty. One day Pintu was swinging on the tree  and singing a song . He saw a crocodile in the water . The crocodile said to the monkey, "You sing so well, your voice is sweet and melodious . "  Pintu was so pleased to hear this. He said, "I have a sweet voice because I eat the sweet fruits of this tree , would you like to taste some ?". He threw some jamuns towards the crocodile which he tasted , "Wow what a delightful fruit it is ! You are so good , thank you so much for giving me these tasty fruits.''                          
Next day the crocodile came again and Pintu gave him fruits to eat . Soon the crocodile made this his routine to go there and eat the jamuns . Sometimes Pintu gave him some fruits for his wife too. Crocodile's wife ate those fruits and said to the crocodile, "These fruits are so delicious! The monkey eats these fruits daily so his flesh must be very tasty. Specially his heart. Now I want to eat that monkey's heart. If you want to see me happy then bring the heart of the monkey for me".
                               
                             
Next morning, crocodile came  and said, " Dear friend, my wife is so happy to receive your gift of fruits and she has invited you to our home for lunch. Monkey said, " But how can I go there, I cannot swim". Crocodile answered, " Don't worry! I will carry you on my back.
The crocodile carried him on his back and when they reached in the middle of the river, the wicked crocodile tried to drown the monkey in the river. The monkey became scared and said, " Are you trying to kill me?". " Yes I want to kill you.", the crocodile said rudely. He was totally a changed creature now. " But why?", the terrified monkey asked. " I want to kill you because I want your heart for my wife as she wants to eat it". Though the monkey was scared but he did not lose courage.''I must do something to save my life'' he thought. He said to the crocodile, "You don't need to kill me for that. We monkeys can keep our heart outside our body. We can survive without our heart. I have kept my heart in my tree house. You take me there and I will give my heart to you. It will be my pleasure,  after all you are my friend!" 
As soon as they reached near the river bank , the monkey jumped from the crocodile's back and at once climbed up the tree. He said, " You liar! You have deceived me!  I tell you the truth, I have not kept my heart outside . How can any one live without his heart ? Now go away and never show your face to me again!"
Moral of the story-Never lose courage
                                        ( Panchtantra story)  Re-told by - Aunt Mary  

                                     
                                             
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16 comments:

  1. What a clever monkey!! I'm glad he was able to think and act fast :)

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    1. Yes he was clever, thank you for reading :)

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  2. Hi hi. The monkey outsmarted the crocodile:)

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    1. You are right he did that , thank you for the visit :)

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  3. Beautiful tale, Auntie!

    I wish I could keep my heart somewhere else than in my body.
    It would be easier to preserve it from any kind of damage! :)

    Thank you, for keeping our morale up!

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    1. You are an amazing thinker , thank you so much for your kind words :)

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  4. Along with hedgehogs monkeys are one of my favourite animals. A great post, I love reading these mythologies.

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    1. Monkeys are wonderful animals really , thank's a lot for visiting and commenting :)

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  5. I love this!! Quite the unique little monkey :)

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  6. Thank you very much yes he was unique that's why he saved his life from such a wicked friend :)

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  7. I'm glad the monkey was so clever, in more ways than one. He outsmarted the crocodile, but he also knew "Ya gotta have heart."

    On the other hand, I'll betcha the croc's wife took a bit out of his ego when he got home.

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    1. You are right , monkey was clever enough , thank you for the kind visit :)

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  8. Sometimes little animals could easily fool the big ones who are always thought as great! But intelligence plays a big role. Nice story. :)

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    1. Yes that is true , thank's Balqis I am so glad that you liked the story :)

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