Jhagraloo in Swapnadesh 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 10:10 PM - Children Short Stories
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Once upon a time there existed a magical land called *Swapnadesh. It had bright blue skies, tiny red birds that fluttered together in groups of six, and mountains which were covered with tall trees that smelled of honey. The ponds on Swapnadesh were home to white swans with pink tipped feathers. This special land was ruled by a kind and beautiful princess named Sujata..
The princess lived in a castle full of kittens and ruled over a kingdom filled with kind-hearted people who shared snacks in the afternoon and animals that danced in the moonlight.
Swapnadesh was a land of plenty with lots of wonderful food to share. Juicy grapes grew on vines, agreeable chicken lay eggs with a strawberry smell, pink and white cows gave orange flavoured milk and baker’s made sweetmeats for everyone. Lovely dogs of various breeds took charge of toasting wheat nut bread while bees covered it in sweet honey.
The Princess herself made peanut butter and jelly-filled donuts and the little red birds delivered them to all who lived in this magic land. Everyone gave to each other so their hearts were happy.
Swapnadesh was a peaceful place until one day a dark blue bear came down from the mountains who had crossed over from a neighboring land. He didn’t want to dance by the moon’s light and he definitely did not want to share. His name was *Jhagraloo and he was most quarrelsome.
Jhagraloo gobbled up grapes and so frightened the chickens that they couldn’t lay eggs. He grabbed biscuits and stuffed every single one into his mouth, leaving crumbs all over the bakers’ kitchen. He gulped down large quantities of milk and splashed through the swan’s ponds. When the bees saw what Jhagraloo was doing, they kept all their honey and the dogss hid their nutty bread. Jhagraloo caused chaos everywhere.
When the princess heard about Jhagraloo, she said, “Oh my. This will not do. ” She came down from the castle and found Jhagraloo, who was busy raiding a honey pot. “Mr. Bear,” she said, “You are welcome in Swapnadesh but not your ways. ” Startled,Jhagraloo stopped his pursuit of the pot and looked up at the Princess. She said “Here we give to others, not take from them. I would think you feel quite disagreeable now and not just because of all you’ve eaten. ”
Jhagraloo thought about it for a moment and realized that was true. “Well,” he grumbled, “Maybe all that orange flavoured milk wasn’t the best idea. ” The princess continued, “Mr. Bear, you can eat and eat but you won’t ever really feel good because that comes only from giving. I think you’ll find that it is better to be full in your heart, then in your stomach. ” With that, she went back up to the castle leaving a dazed Jhagraloo behind.
Jhagraloo continued with his greedy ways for awhile. However, no matter how much Jhagraloo would eat, he still felt empty inside. One day, after he’d just taken a batch of biscuits from the baker’s kitchen he paused for a moment and remembered what the pretty princess said to him. He slowly turned around and then…gave them back. The baker was pleased and surprised and said, “Thank you, Mr. Bear, for your kindness. These biscuits will now taste twice as sweet because they were given to us by a friend. If you’d like, come back tomorrow and we’ll have a batch fresh out for you. ”
Jhagraloo was filled with joy and went through the land, giving back everything he’d taken. In return, he received a promise from everyone to share their food with him and a pledge of friendship. The dark blue bear became very popular in Swapnadesh. He even opened up a side-business with dogs, making grilled cheese out of his cave. It tasted wonderful on their nutty bread. Jhagraloo was so delighted that he even started dancing in the moonlight, with the wise princess as his partner.
PS The moral of the story is ‘life becomes joyful by sharing; not quarreling’
*Swapnadesh: Dreamland
*Jhagraloo: Quarrelsome

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