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.
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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