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A story of a brave boy – Bagha Jatin

A story of a brave boy – Bagha Jatin

 
Have you ever heard of a real-life story where a tiger was killed with a dagger? Read below a story of a brave boy who defeated all odds & finally killed a tiger.
 

Backdrop

 
It was perhaps in the year 1900 that a strange incident happened in a village in undivided India. During that time, India was not independent. India was a colony of the British.
 

Introduction

 
It was an incident in a village in the Nadia district of undivided Bengal. A tiger had entered the village and spread panic all across the village. All villagers were scared and were afraid to move out of their homes. Several meetings were organized to decide on the probable steps that need to be taken to tackle the issue.
 
Finally, Jatin’s cousin brother, Phani decided to kill the tiger. Phani had a gun with him & decided to have the final go.
 

Action Day

 
A day was finalized and Jatin, Phani, and the villagers gathered around the place where the tiger appeared a few days back.
 
Jatin’s brother carried a gun to shoot the tiger and the villagers stood in a group with some sort of weapon. But Jatin neither had a gun nor any other weapon. So, he carried a small knife (dagger or kukri) with him. Jatin was in his teens and everyone at home stopped him from going to the action area.
 
But Jatin preferred to ignore all warnings and wanted to face the danger.
 

The decisive moment

 
Jatin, Phani & all villagers had taken their respective positions and waited for the tiger to appear. Phani aimed his gun towards the jungle.
 
After waiting for some time, the decisive moment came…
 
The tiger did appear, but not from the side of the jungle that everyone had anticipated. It appeared from behind a bamboo bush!
 
Phani raised his gun, aimed at the tiger & shot a bullet.
 

Target missed

 
Though Jatin’s brother had fired at the tiger, the bullet missed its target. The bullet touched the tiger’s head & created a bruise.
 
Seeing the bullet missing its target, the villagers became panic-stricken. They began running here and there. The situation was completely chaotic.
 
The injury made the tiger even more agitated & seeing Jatin standing in front, it pounced on him.
 

The final fight

 
It was the battle for life. A Royal Bengal tiger and a young lad in his early 20s; both fighting the final battle of their life.
The tiger had scratched Jatin all over his body with its paws. Blood was flowing down Jatin’s body, particularly from his legs. The tiger had bitten, scratched & injured Jatin’s legs badly.
But Jatin was someone who was a trained wrestler. He also had tremendous mental as well as physical strength. He continued to stab the tiger with his dagger.
The battle went on, no one came to rescue Jatin from the tiger.
 

Finally…

The tiger could not sustain the injuries on its head created due to continuous stabbing with the dagger. Finally, the tiger died in the hands of Jatin.
 

The title

The injury in Jatin’s legs was severe. Dr. Sarbadhikari was awestruck with Jatin’s heroism & took the responsibility to cure him. At that time, Dr. Suresh Prasad Sarbadhikari was a famous surgeon of British India.
He also published an article about the heroics of Jatin in the English press. The Government of Bengal awarded him a silver shield. The shield had in it engraved a scene of Jatin killing the tiger.
Dr. Sarbadhikari recognized him with the title “Bagha Jatin”. The term “Bagha” in Bengali means Tiger.
 

Who was Jatin

Jatin was a famous revolutionary, Jatindranath Mukherjee. He was born on 7-Dec 1897. He was the leader of the Jugantar party and ran tremor over the British Government with his revolutionary activities.
The Government could not manage him & announced rewards for capturing him.
It was in Balasore, Odisha that the villagers passed on information about the revolutionaries.
With the help of the information, the Government forces attacked the revolutionary gang led by Bagha Jatin.
Finally, on an open battle with the Government forces, Bagha Jatin breathed his last on 10th September 1915.

Humorous stories for kids : [The ultimate climax]

Humorous stories for kids : [The ultimate climax]

 
Life is simple but we make it complex. There are multiple ways to lead a life in a simple way. Humorous stories are one such option.
 
Humorous stories are liked by people irrespective of age.
 
Kids enjoy reading humorous stories. Narrating humorous stories to kids is also an art.
 
The story below is about a King & what happened with him at the fag end of the story.
 
 

Introduction

 
Once upon a time, there lived a King who was very wise. The people in his Kingdom were also happy with the way they were governed.
 
The King had a habit of moving around in his kingdom but in disguise. He dressed as a common man & moved around. His sole aim was to see how his people were living. Whether they were facing any issues in day to day life and what was their opinion about the king.
 
No-one in the kingdom knew about this secret strategy of the King. The King used to take only 1 trusted servant with him.
 
 

An Eventful day

 
Like other days, the King was moving with his trusted servant. Suddenly, an unfamiliar smell attracted his attention. He asked his servant –
 
” Go and see what’s that wonderful and delicious smell”?
 
The servant said –
 
“Ok, Maharaj! I will inquire and get back to you in a moment.”
 
After 15-20 mins, the servant came back and said –
 
” Maharaj ! It was the smell of the chaff. The village women in that nearby village are pounding paddy”.
 
The King was happy to hear that his servant could successfully identify the source.
 
He has tasted the best delicacies of the World but this smell attracted him like anything.
 
To the surprise of the servant, the King ordered him to bring the chaff for him. The King said –
 
“I am very happy with you. Now, go and bring me some chaff. I want to taste.”
 
“But Maharaj, chaff is fed to domestic animals like cows and pigs”.
 
said the servant.
 
“This is my order! Go and bring it for me” – said the King.
 
The servant followed the orders of the King.
He brought the chaff to the King & the King relished it.
 
After having the chaff, the King said –
“Listen! You are my trusted servant. Never ever disclose this incident to anyone ever in your life.
If you do disclose it to anyone, you will lose your head”
 

Days passed by…

 
Days passed by but the servant found it increasingly difficult to digest this incident. He wanted to share this secret with someone, but he could not. His stomach boated up. He stopped eating & drinking. He tried to make himself engaged in any activity so as to forget the incident but he failed.
We wanted to loudly tell this secret in a place where there is no one present.
 

The man sets off for a place to share his secret

 
He traveled near a river with the objective to share this secret. The riverbank was far off from his home. We walked for several hours and finally reached the river bank. Now, he was very happy & thought to himself –
“Thank God! Now I can share my secret with the river & the river will flow away with my secret to far off place without sharing it with anyone”.
 
Just as he was preparing to share, he saw 5-6 fishermen arrived in the riverbank.
 
The man got scared & left that riverbank immediately.
 
Now, he went to a cemetery to share his secret. On arriving at the cemetery, he saw that the gravediggers were present.
So, he canceled his plans at the cemetery and went to a deep foret.
 
The man enters into a deep forest
 
It was a deep, dark forest. The man was scared but he was desperate to share the secret. So, he took the risk of entering the forest.
In the forest, he saw a big tree with a big hollow in the trunk.
The man was desperate, he put his head inside the hollow trunk and whispered –
“The king eats chaff! Our King eats chaff!”
 
Now, he was a relieved man. It seemed like he had shed all burdens of his life. He started leading his life like all normal men.
 

Festival time

 
It was festival time at the Kingdom. Kings & renowned men from all the friendly Kingdom were invited.
Meanwhile, all preparations were underway.
The drum of the palace had become old. So, the drummers wanted to replace the old palace drum with a new one.
The King granted the demand & he ordered a new big drum for his Kingdom.
 

The drummer went to the forest

 
The drummers went to a deep forest in search of suitable wood for the drum. While looking for the wood, they found that there was a big tree with a hollow in the trunk.
The drummers felled the tree and a big drum was made from that tree.
 

Installation of the big drum

 
The new big drum was finally installed in the lion gate of the balance with fanfare.
Meanwhile, the ceremony was conducted with lots of enthusiasm. At the end of the ceremony, the drummers were to beat the drum to mark the conclusion of the ceremony.
 

The drummer beat the drum

 
As per norms, the drummers started beating the drum. Instead of the “Boom ! Boom ! ” sound, the drum uttered –
 
“The King eats chaff! Our King eats our chaff !”
 
The King got furious. He ordered to immediately throw the drum in the river.
Then the King caught hold of his most trusted servant and said –
“You … I told you not to share the secret with anyone but still you revealed the secret with the drum !”
 
The servant was trembling with fear. He could visualize his beheaded self in front of him.
He gathered a lot of courage and told the King –
“Pardon me, Maharaj! As promised I did not share the secret with any human being. But, I had shared it with a tree”.
 
Later on, the investigation revealed that the tree with which he shared the secret was felled and the drum was made from that tree.
 
The King did not give him any punishment. But, he was no longer allowed to accompany the King.

Pandemic problems & solutions for Kids

Pandemic problems & solutions for Kids

 
In pandemic times, it is difficult to engage children in some kind of activity. Since the children are always confined at home, they become irritated.
 
As a parent, you need to devise innovative strategies to engage your Kid in pandemic times.
 

Earlier days

 
During our childhood days or times before, we had limited scopes for entertainment.
 
  • Watching Television –
Watching TV on Sundays for the Kids program used to be one of the major sources of entertainment. There was no mobile & hence no internet-related entertainment possible.
 
  • Indoor games –
 
The indoor games would include Ludo, Caroom, Book cricket, Book Football, Table cricket, Chinese checker, etc.
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The outdoor games would constitute the lion’s share of the entertainment.
 
Absenteeism in School or tuition was normal. But missing out one day on the playground was next to impossible.
 
One more piece of entertainment I remember during our childhood days was Big Fun Chewing Gum.
 

Big Fun –

Big Fun was a pink colored rectangular shaped chewing gum. On opening the wrapper of the chewing gum, there used to be a small piece of paper containing the stats of the top cricketers. It used to be a big hit.
USP: The major driver for purchasing the chewing gum was the photo of the cricketer & stats enriched paper.
Big Fun was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. As far as I could recall, the taste of the chewing gum was very sweet and it was hard. The interesting part was, you could make a bubble after chewing the gum.
The 80s and 90s kids did not know what chewing gum is till Big Fun came into the picture. The kids knew about chocolate and toffee, but chewing gum was something new.
Perhaps Big Fun was launched during the 1987 cricket World Cup.
 
 
During the 1990 World Cup came another major entertainment hit – The World Cup Bubble Gum.
 

World Cup Bubble Gum

It was Italia 90 and a new excitement for the Kids came into existence. I do not recall the color and taste of the chewing gum.
USP: The major pull factor for World Cup Bubble gum was the freebie card. Along with the Bubble gum came a card containing the photographs of the top footballers of the World.
 
Kids used to exchange the cards depending on the demand of the footballers. The footballers with the highest demand were :
 
Maradona, Klinesman, Caniggia , Lothar Matthaus, Careca, Goycochea etc
 
Sharing some photographs of the World Cup bubble gum.
 
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Pre-Covid times

 
Pre-covid times, indoor games did not play that important a role in the daily schedule of the kids.
Playing football, cricket, Table Tennis, Swimming covered the major hours of entertainment.
After spending time outdoors, only a small bit of time used to be spent on indoor games.
 
 

Covid times [Pandemic problems & solutions for Kids]

 
The kids are confined to their homes since the outbreak of covid-19. They are having online classes. So, the kids are missing the enjoyment of going to school. They even cannot go to the playground and play with their friends. Swimming or any other training sessions are also barred on account of safety.
 
So, indoor games, story-telling, drawing, music, etc are playing major roles in the daily schedule of the kids.
 
I am one of those parents who is going through these tough & challenging times due to the Pandemic.
As an innovative solution, I made my kid make a calendar for the year 2021.
 
Sharing the calendar for your ready reference. 
Hope you like the solution for Kids during the Pandemic.
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Special Thanks :
 Kelly Sikkema for the photograph

Ghost story for Kids – [The Tail of a dog]

Ghost story for Kids – [The Tail of a dog]

 
Kids prefer listening to ghost stories. Here, I will share a ghost story for kids. But this ghost story is not exactly a scary story. It is funny but more of a moral story.
 

Introduction

A poor man needed a lot of money! He went into a forest where a Sanyasi used to meditate. He bowed his head on the feet of the Sanyasi and told him about the need.
 
The Sanyasi said –
 
“ Son, I can suggest a solution. But the solution is a bit complicated. I can refer you to a ghost. That ghost can easily solve your problem. But you have to ensure that he gets some work to do all the time. The moment he is without work, he will kill you.”
 
The man said – “ Don’t worry Baba !… I have lots of work to do! In fact, it would be good for me if that ghost wants to work all the time. Please call the ghost “
 
The Sanyasi started meditation.
Then he called the ghost & introduced the ghost to the man.
 

The ghost arrives

 
The Sanyasi said to the ghost –
 
“Listen, this man is going to be your master. You will have to work for him. Go with him”.
 
The ghost told the man – “ Master! Give me some work to do, NOW! Else I will kill you! “
 
The man had a huge field but did not have any resources to plough the field. So, the man said gladly
 
“Go and plough this land !”
 
The ghost said – “Done master!” in a moment’s time
 
The man was very poor. It was a long time that he ate good food.
 
He said-
“ Bring me lots of delicious food.“
 
The ghost said – “Master! Presenting you the plates with all kinds of delicious food. ”
 
Seeing the speed at which the ghost was doing all his tasks, the man got a bit worried. Then he said –
“ Hello! Make a beautiful palace for me “
 
“Done! Master ! ” said the ghost
 
Now the man did not have anything in his mind.
 
The ghost warned – “Give me something to do, else I will …..kill you !”
 

The man is scared

Now the man started running….. & he went into the forest to meet the Sanyasi
 
He told the Sanyasi, “Baba! I don’t need money & pleasure…but help me get rid-off the ghost”
 
The Sanyasi smiled & said –
“Son, I told you repeatedly about the complication of this offer”.
 
The man aid –
“I was wrong ! Pardon me…please save my life”.
 
“Ok. I will give you an idea. You cut the tail of a dog and tell the ghost to straighten the tail of the dog”
 
In the meantime, the ghost had arrived in that place to kill the man. Just when the ghost was about to pounce on that man, the man ordered the ghost –
“Go and straighten the tail of the dog”.
 
“Ok master!” said the ghost.
 
The ghost got engaged in the activity. Every time he straightened the tail of the dog, the tail came back to its original form
 
Days and months and years went by, but the ghost could not complete his task
 
The ghost tried numerous times but got mad & finally surrendered to the man.
 
He said –
“ Keep everything I have given you but help me get out of this crisis. It is impossible for me to straighten the tail of a dog”
 
Ghost story for Kids - [The Tail of a dog]

Moral of the story

 
The World around us is like the curly tail of a dog.
Every time you try to straighten it, it will again come back to its original form.
Many problems of the World around happen because of the fanatic mentality.
Nature existed before we were born & will remain to exist even after we are gone.
The fanatic feelings will only give rise to hatred & tensions- nothing more.
If we keep the “Tail of the dog “theory in mind & work selflessly, then the nature around us will be a better place to live in.
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The Liberator of India-Netaji

The Liberator of India-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

 
This motivational story is about Mother India’s favorite son, who was born on 23rd January 1897.
 
Yes, I am referring to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He was born in Cuttack under the Bengal presidency.
 
Students all over India and the World will be inspired to hear the story of Subhas Chandra Bose.
 
Bose was born in an affluent family and having tremendous academic records. But he preferred his motherland over his own comfort.
The Liberator of India-Netaji

The early life of little Subhas :

 
When Subhas was 5 years old, he was admitted to Protestant European School (P.E. School) run by the Baptist Mission.
 
On the first day of school, he along with 2 other kids from his family ran for the carriage that was supposed to take them to school. But he slipped, fell down and hurt his head.
 
 As referred by Netaji himself in his book “An Indian Pilgrim”, some pros and cons of studying in P.E. School:-
 
  • Pros

  1. Discipline
  2. Punctuality
  3. Behavior & manners
  4. Neatness
  5. No unhealthy emphasis on studies
  6. Systematic way of education
  7. More individual attention of the teachers on students compared to Indian schools. Hence, no separate preparation for exams
  8. Standard of English much higher than in Indian schools
  • Cons

  1. Too much stress in imparting lessons on Bible
  2. Students were made to learn more about the history & geography of Great Britain than India.
  3. No Indian languages were taught and hence the mother tongue was totally neglected.
 
From the above points, it seems that many of the points are so pertinent even today.
Most importantly, I would like to highlight point 3 in Cons and would like to discuss in brief.
 
We are an independent nation for 73 years+ but to date, our history books do not highlight the major achievements of Netaji.
 
Netaji’s academic records are well-known facts and will briefly touch the same.
But would like to highlight some major achievements which are unknown to many of us in the latter part of the writing.
 

Academic records of Netaji :

  • Matriculation examination – Stood 2nd
  • BA examination (Philosophy Hons) – Stood 1st class 2nd
  • ICS (Indian Civil Service) examination – Stood 4th
 
He stood 4th in the Indian Civil Service examination from England. He could have spent the rest of his life lavishly. Instead, he decided to return to India and spend his life for the liberation of the motherland.
 

Events that scripted the 2nd frontier :

 
1. 1938, Haripura session of Congress:
The Presidential Chair was passed on to the youngest leader – Subhas Chandra Bose from Jawaharlal Nehru.
 
2. In his address, for the first time in Indian political history, Netaji stressed the need for a planning commission and family planning. In his speech, he stressed the need for trained manpower. Hence expressed his willingness for the training of the population. The training to happen in line with the British Summer School and Labour service Corps of the Nazis.
 
3. 1939, Subhas Bose wanted to put in place the unfinished works in his first term from 1938-1939. Hence wanted to contest the elections for the second time. The Congress high command mainly Gandhi wasn’t in favor. He wanted Subhas Bose to hand over the presidential post to Pattabhi Sitaramayya. Bose was determined to contest the elections since he felt there was a fraction in Congress who were particularly soft on the British. The softness is delaying the process of independence.
 

The Split

4. The election was fought and Subhas Chandra Bose won by over 200 votes. Nobody before Bose had the guts to challenge Gandhiji. Gandhi remarked, ” The defeat is more mine than Sitaramayya ‘s”.
 
5. Bose made the biggest political ‘blunder’ by challenging Gandhiji. Within a few days, with Gandhi’s provocation, everyone started turning against Subhas. Mass resignation followed in a few month’s time…

Tripuri Congress

6. 1939 Tripuri Congress:

Bose was physically too ill to deliver his address. In a short and concise address, he said that time has come to serve an ultimatum to the British. The majority did not accept his ideas. Instead, he was humiliated by a big majority from Gandhi’s lobby.
 
7. Netaji tried to reconcile and discussed with Gandhi for a resolution but Gandhi was adamant. Finally, Netaji decided to resign from the post. In a letter to his nephew Amiya he wrote “Nobody has done more harm to me personally and our (the Leftist) cause in this crisis than Pandit Nehru.” because of the indifference shown by Nehru at that point.
After many years, Nehru said –
“I had realized that, at that stage, whatever one’s view might be about the way India should develop, Gandhi was India. Anything that weakened Gandhi weakened India. So I subordinated myself to Gandhi, although I was in agreement with what Bose was trying to do.”
 
8. Everyone thought that Subhas Bose’s political career had received a tremendous setback. But within 3 days of his resignation, he formed his new party ” Forward Bloc”. He started a weekly journal fiercely attacking the Right-wing of Congress and the British imperialism. He moved all over India and spread his doctrine for an all-out struggle against the British.
 
9. 1940: Hitler overpowered Belgium & France; Mussolini joined the war. The world outside was burning and Subhas time and again requested Gandhi to call out for an ultimatum from the British. British were in a pressure cooker situation on account of the Nazis; but, Gandhi didn’t agree.
 

Bose arrested

10. Subhas Bose called for the demolition of Holwell monument in Calcutta. It stood for 150 yrs of India’s slavery to Brits. A day before the event, he was arrested for the 11th time under section 26 which implied permanent imprisonment.
 
11. In Presidency jail, he wrote to his brother Sarat Bose on 31st October –
“The more I think of Congress politics, the more convinced I feel that in future we should devote more energy and time to fight the High Command. If the power goes into the hands of such mean, vindictive, unscrupulous persons when Swaraj is won, what will happen to the country?”
 
12. Britain was now involved in a life and death struggle and hence the opportunity was knocking at India’s door. He decided to escape the jail he was in… But the section under which he was arrested, getting out of the jail was a remote possibility. With deep thinking and prayers for 3 months, he finally decided to FAST UNTO DEATH since it was the only option that could bring him Out. He started the Fast on 29th Nov and on 5th December, he anticipated that the jail authority might use force for feeding him. So, he wrote to the CM and Governor of Bengal that if any kind of force is used for feeding him, he would commit suicide. Estimating and fearing the impact of death in jail, the same day they released him. But the British did not withdraw the prosecutions against him.
 

The Great Escape

13. 17-Jan 1941: a car left Elgin road, Calcutta, and Netaji disguised as Md Ziauddin, an insurance man reached Dhanbad. From there he was driven to the railway Gomoh.
 
14. On 19th January he reached Peshawar and he was attended by Akbar Shah and Bhagat Ram Talwar of Forward Bloc in NW frontier.
 
15. 26th January: in India, the news about his disappearance was flashed. In Peshawar, Md Ziauddin (Netaji) along with Bhagat Ram Talwar left Peshawar for Afghanistan. The team covered difficult terrains and mountains. Finally, the exhausted team reached the first village in Afghan territory on 28th January.
 
16. 30th January: in the bitterly cold morning of January, they set out for Kabul and finally reached the unknown destination on 31st January.
 
17. 1st Feb 1941: They tried to contact foreign embassies since they had to leave Kabul at the earliest possible. They first approached Soviet Union but were turned deaf ears. They were slowly but falling under the suspicion of the Afghan police. Bose had to change his stay to Uttam Chand’s house. Between Bose succeeded in establishing contact with the German legation.
 

A meeting with the Italian minister

18. 23rd February: Bhagat Ram arranged a meeting with Italian minister Alberto Quaroni. The meeting between Bose and Quaroni lasted the entire night.
 
19. Bose was clear on his agenda. He needed support to form a Free India Govt and an army comprising of the Indian prisoners of war of Germany and Italy. During this time, the German and Italian governments jointly took up the question of Bose’s transit through Russia with the Soviet government.
 
20. The Soviet answer came after nearly four weeks. An agreement was reached between the 3 governments. It was decided that Bose would travel across Russia on an Italian diplomatic passport. He would be impersonating a clerk at the Italian Legation in Kabul, Orlando Mazzotta. The Afghan government was asked to issue a courier visa.

 

Getting ready for the departure

About a week before Bose’s actual departure from Kabul, Mrs. Quaroni brought the important message to Uttam’s shop. Arrangements were made to take Bose’s photograph. The photograph to replace Mazzotta’s on the original passport and to get his clothing ready. The Italians collected Bose’s suitcase on 16 March and Bose himself shifted to Crescini’s house the next day. He handed over to Bhagat Ram many documents which he was to carry back to India according to instructions. It was arranged with the Italians that Bhagat Ram would be the link between India and Kabul. They would provide the means of communication between Bose and Kabul.
 
21. On 18 March early in the morning Bose left in a car for the Soviet frontier accompanied by a German engineer of the Todt organization and two others. It was arranged that he would spend two nights on the way in German houses. They traveled through the high passes of the Hindu Kush and the dead expanse of the Afghan steppes. Then they crossed the Oxus at the Afghan frontier post at Pata Kisar until they reached the fabled city of Samarkand.
 

Bose reaches Berlin

22. 20th March they left Samarkand by rail for Moscow from where they flew to Berlin arriving there at the beginning of April 1941.
 
23. On the evening of 31 March 1941, Bhagat Ram met Sarat Bose at the Calcutta house of the latter at 1, Woodburn Park. He handed over 3 documents of Netaji:-
  • A personal letter from his brother in Bengali,
  • The thesis ‘Forward Bloc — Its Justification’ 
  • ‘Message to My Countrymen from Somewhere in Europe’ dated 22 March 1941.
 
24. After two months and eleven days of adventure, suspense, and anxiety since leaving home, Bose arrived safely in Berlin. He reached Berlin in his new Avatar as ‘Signer Orlando Mazzotta’.
Bose’s journey from Calcutta to Berlin is one of the sensational escapes. He made the escape for the liberation of his motherland through British spies & policemen

Another Heroic journey begins

May 1942:
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose met führer Adolf Hitler. The Axis powers were already at war with the British. Hence Netaji wanted to use the opportunity in India’s war of independence.
8-Feb 1943 :
Several rounds of discussions happened between Netaji’s men and the German officials. Finally, it was decided that Netaji would be traveling in a submarine accompanied by one. The next destination was the Far East. On the mentioned date, Bose set sail from Germany.
28-Apr 1943:
Netaji and Hassan struggled against the surging waves & death fear at every moment. Finally, they were transferred to a Japanese submarine.
6-May 1943:
Netaji reached Sabang islands
10-June 1943:
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose met Japanese Premier General Tojo.

Final Heroics of Netaji

The liberator of India-Netaji met many influential leaders in the Far East. He influenced them for supporting the Indian independence movement. The notable ones were :
  • Pibulsonggram (PM of Thailand)
  • Dr. Ba Maw ( Head of State of Burma)
  • Lt. General Nakamia (Chief of Japanese Forces in Thailand)
Rasbehari Bose handed over the responsibilities of the leadership of INA to Netaji.
The Liberator of India-Netaji gave the army its battle cry: “Chalo Delhi”

On 21-October 1943, the Provisional Government of Free India was set up. It had its HQ at Singapore.

The Provisional Govt was recognized by :
  • Govt of Germany, Japan, Italy, Burma, Philippines, Thailand, Croatia, China & Manchuria

Formation of the Women unit of Army ” The Rani of Jhansi regiment” :

On 22-October, the training camp was formally opened for training. Within 4 months, the strength increased to 500 from 100 when the training had started.
Finally, the INA (Indian National Army) began the Imphal Campaign to oust the British out of India.

The IMPACT of INA :

In the intense battle, the British Indian Army overpowered INA. Many INA soldiers were captured and were to be court-martialled. Three major names –
1. Shah Nawaz Khan, a Muslim
2. Sahgal, a Hindu
3. Dhillon, a Sikh.
But, Congress was never in support of INA. This was because :
  • INA was against the basic principle of Ahimsa 
  • Their opposition towards Axis powers.

The political climate in India was dull

In 1945, the situation in India changed drastically. Abul Kalam Azad was the Congres President. According to Abul Kalam Azad, the majority of Congress members including Gandhiji was of the opinion that :
  • Congress should withdraw from the political field 
  • Concentrate on social work
  • They believed that there was not much hope on the political plane.
This was 1945 and there was no major issue that could arouse public sentiment like in the Quit India movement of 1942 in India.
Just then Congress realized…why not take up a ready-made issue.
The Indian National Army (INA) symbolized :
  • Revolution against foreign rule
  • INA also symbolized a secular character
Estimating the impact, Congress took up the issue and supported in defending the INA officers. All major political parties viz :
  • Congress
  • Akali Dal
  • Hindu Mahasabha
supported because of their own agendas supported the cause.
The only ones who opposed were :
  • The Communist Party of India :

The alliance of the Soviet Union with the Allies against the Axis explains the cause of CPI

  • The Muslim League :
Initially, they were indifferent. Division on the communal ground (formation of Pakistan) was the main agenda of the Muslim league. But later a Muslim in the trial made them change the stance.

India gets…UNITED

A single agenda united the entire country. The agenda was to defend INA and throw away the British. The basic principle that formed their basis for taking up the issue was –
1. Freedom of India
2. Secularism.
Sad, but true… The liberator of India-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose formed the Army basis these 2 principles only but then no one extended their support to him.
Nov 21-24 :
Serious riots broke out in Calcutta, Bombay, Karachi, Patna, Allahabad, Banaras, Rawalpindi. In Calcutta, American & British establishments were attacked. Congress and Muslim league flags were cruising side by side.
As reported in the New York Times, INA became an explosive political issue and emotionally charged the entire nation
The correspondent of the New York Times reported:
“Indian Nationalists are working day and night to build up Bose as the ‘George Washington ‘ of India.
Gandhiji wrote in his Harijan: “The hypnotism of the INA has cast its spell upon us”.
Pattabhi Sitaramayya wrote that “INA eclipsed the Indian National Congress”.

The loyalty was shaken from roots

The liberator of India-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as a part of his strategy always believed :
The INA soldiers on returning to India would affect the LOYALTY of the Indian ranks in the British Indian Army.
As days progressed, Bose’s foresight started to come true.

The Composition of the British Indian Army changed

The British Indian Army earlier constituted of the martial class. It consisted of Punjabi Muslims, Dogras who were indifferent about political developments.
With the vast expansion of the British Indian Army, many other sections joined. Primarily, the urban educated class joined who were politically oriented.
The popularity of INA, their heroics, and the support of Indians for INA started increasing. This started fragmenting the Indians amongst the British Indian Army.
So, the main advantage of the British – the LOYALTY of the Indian ranks in the army was at stake.

Issues cropped up at Royal Indian Navy and Royal Indian Air Force:

There was rising dissatisfaction among the Royal Indian Air Force and Royal Indian Navy on account of :
  • Discrimination in pay 
  • Unfavorable service condition
In a few day’s time, the Royal Indian Air Force in Calcutta openly came out against the court-martial of INA officers.
Jan 1946 :
Even after several warnings, confidential information started leaking from the British Indian Army.
Lieutenant General Tuker wrote –
“the INA affair was ….threatening to tumble down the whole edifice of the Indian Army…”
The same month, Royal Indian Air Force went on strike in favor of INA officers along with other agendas.

Royal Indian Navy mutiny :

The Royal Indian Navy mutiny broke out. 78 ships got stationed in Calcutta, Bombay, Karachi, Madras, Cochin, Vizag, Mandapam, and Andaman.
Following these mutinies, the political atmosphere became flared up. It resulted in several mass riots and Govt and European properties were targets of attack.

India became Independent

Finally, the British decided to leave the country and go back. India won her Independence on 15-August 1947.
But do you know, why India got independence?
Please read the extract below :
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Learning from Netaji’s life :

 
Netaji has been my idol since childhood. The above write-up is a short tribute to his 125th birthday. The above write-up is an attempt to bring together the major achievements of Netaji-The liberator of India. His work sphere was huge and not possible to accommodate in a short write-up like this one. But, I have tried to summarize the known side of his life in the best possible way.
 
Why is reading the workings & achievements of Netaji relevant even today? What can today’s kids or even adults learn from his life?
 
Below are some major points that summarize the importance :
 
  • Selflessness
Someone with a brilliant academic career will rarely sacrifice it for anything else. But Netaji preferred to sacrifice his academic career for ousting the British.
Why did he do so?
It was because he had a goal in mind. And the goal was winning freedom. So, a decent academic career is a means to the end where the end is in winning independence. With a defined goal in mind, Netaji could sacrifice his lavish career.
 
The way the societal changes are happening, the kids are becoming self-centered. Such inspirational stories might encourage the kids to develop this quality.
 
“In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us”.
– Swami Vivekananda
 
  • Have clear-cut goals
Netaji-the liberator of India had clear-cut goals in mind. He knew that winning independence was his only goal in life. Such was the grit and determination that it made him open the 2nd frontier. While he was in favor of complete Independence, MK Gandhi was in favor of dominion status. At that time, India and Gandhi were synonymous.
He could have stayed back in India cribbing when there were no takers of his philosophy.
Instead, he analyzed the geopolitical scenario. To meet his goals, he left his home, his motherland. Traveled difficult terrains, encountered tough challenges to meet Adolf Hitler & Gen Tojo.
During that time, people used to tremble in fear just hearing the name of the Fuhrer. But Netaji even took up that challenge for meeting his goal in life.
 
We spend the least time defining our goals in life.
Looking at Netaji’s life, it is clear that the goal of life should be well planned.
Once the goal is set, nothing on earth should stop us from attaining it.
Netaji met Hitler, Gen Tojo, traveled 90 days in a submarine, set up a provisional Govt. He took leadership of an army & attacked the British, raised the tricolors in Andaman & Moirang. All these he did to meet his goals.
 
  • Thinking ahead of time
Netaji-the liberator of India was a visionary.
No plans in ousting the British were succeeding in India. The British rulers were in no hurry to leave the country. Netaji understood that only processions & demonstrations will not succeed in removing the British. For ousting the British, military support was a pre-requisite. He analyzed the geopolitical scenario. Then he prepared his blueprint to go into an alliance with the Axis power.
 
It is a rarest of rare quality to think ahead of time. When all the leaders could not think of it as an option, Netaji thought ahead of time.
Similarly, everyone should try to imbibe this unique quality in them to break out from the clutter.
 
  • Treat everyone equally
Indian National Army was a perfect example of secularism. Men of different religions were a part of INA.
We talk of equality among men and women and execution does not happen in many cases.
Netaji had tremendous respect for women. The respect for women was so high that a separate regiment was formed & named as Rani Jhansi regiment.
The learning that we get from here is that we should be impartial. Everyone should get equal treatment. Every day, in newspapers and AV media, it is a common problem that everyone is not treated equally. And, out of many major issues, this stands as one of the major ones that need to get corrected since early childhood
 
  • Physically strong
Netaji was physically very strong. We went to jail 11 times & was tortured by the British. He traveled dangerous mountain terrains, stayed underwater in a submarine for 90 days. He was so focused that nobody could remove his focus from attaining his targeted goals. But he could maintain that focus because he drew his strength from his mental self as well as his physical self.
Youth should also make themselves physically fit so that they can counter any kind of challenges in life.
 
  • Tremendous mental strength
Subhas Bose faced opposition from his own people in congress. It takes huge mental strength to counter when your own men go against you. He had that mental strength to handle the same. Additionally, the route that he took for India’s freedom needs huge will power.
 
The youth of today should draw inspiration from Subhas Chandra Bose for this quality. They should read more about his heroics & implement such will power in their lives.
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Sources :
  1. An Indian Pilgrim – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
  2. The Indian National Army – K.K. Ghosh
  3. A Beacon Across Asia – S.K Bose, A.Werth, S.A. Ayer
  4. Special Thanks to Mission Netaji – Anuj Dhar, Chandrachur Ghose, Sayantan Dasgupta (I would not have known so much unless they did such extensive research on Netaji)

Short story on famous Indian personality

Short story on famous Indian personality

From childhood, it is good to narrate positive, motivational stories of famous personalities to kids.
These stories help in the strong character building of the kids.
From these stories, it will be clear that everyone is born equal. But it is sheer willingness to change and hard work that makes someone stand better than others.
 

Introduction

 
A small boy goes to school but gets scolding by the teacher on daily basis. One day, the scolding got severe. Since the boy could not memorize his studies properly, the teacher hit him on his back. The teacher also abused him saying that he does not need a donkey in the class.
 
Even the parents of the boy were not happy with him. They also seemed to lose hope in their child.
 
The boy himself seemed confused. He sat beside a pond thinking whether he was actually so dumb. He thought to himself –
“If my friends can memorize, why can’t I? Am I really not as intelligent as my friends?”
 

Backdrop

 
It was a small village in rural Bengal. The pond beside which the boy was sitting was located in the middle of the village. All village women brought their pitchers and kept them over a stone slab on the periphery of the pond. They performed their daily chores like bathing on the pond, filled the pitcher with water, and went back home.
 

Sudden observation

 
The boy was sitting beside the pond, absent-minded and thinking what is wrong with himself. He did not notice when the entire day passed by and it was on the verge of the sunset…
Suddenly the boy observed the stone where the rural women keep their pitchers. Since the pitchers were repeatedly kept over the stone over a period of time, several holes had emerged on the stone surface.
 
The boy thought to himself –
 
“How beautiful is this ! a surface as strong as a stone got eroded. The erosion over the stone surface happened since the pitchers had rubbed over it repeatedly.
 
If repeated use can erode a tough surface like stone, then nothing in this world is impossible if done repeatedly.
 
I cannot memorize the studies by reading once or twice. But, if I read 10 times or 20 times or 100 times, then might remember it”.
 
As he thought, he implemented.
The boy went back home, closed the doors, and started reading the subject. He ignored all his feelings of sleeping and eating. He continued with his studies till he was satisfied. With high levels of concentration, he continued to read the subjects where he was weak. Finally, when he was satisfied, he opened the doors of his study room and prepared to go to school.
 

Went back to school

 
The boy went back to school and successfully convinced his teacher.
His teacher was also happy to see the seriousness & perseverance of his student and readmitted him to school.
 
 
The boy later became a renowned Pandit in Bengali literature. His name was Bopdev Goswami. His father was a famous Ayurveda doctor. He was born in Boguri district, now in Bangladesh.
 

Conclusion

 
An insignificant observation from mother nature changed the life of this kid. Such small corrections in life can transform everyone.
 
Everyone encounters several challenges in life on a daily basis. While some parents extend their support to the kids during tough times, others might get frustrated with the outcomes.
 
This story will act as a motivational story for the kids. The resilience, immense level of concentration, and grit of the boy in the story will inspire the readers.
I hope that this particular story will act as a motivation to millions of kids and help them express their full potential.

Humorous story of a tiger

Humorous story of a tiger

Humorous stories are always relaxing. Kids also like and enjoy humorous stories. Narrating moral stories all the time creates boredom amongst the children. While Tiger stands for courage, strength, power, etc, here I present before you a humorous story of a tiger.
 

Introduction

There was a small village inhabited by a small number of villagers. The village was surrounded by mountains on all sides.
On the mountain lived a tiger. The tiger was ferocious. The villagers were afraid of the tiger. Whenever the tiger roared, the villagers used to tremble and went back to their homes. It was difficult to keep domestic animals as many fell prey to the tiger.
 

The Eventful night

It was a winter night. For the last few days, it was snowing. The tiger could not manage any food for the last few days. He was very hungry and ran down the mountain and reached the village in search of some food. He spotted a house and cam near the window of the house. A lamp was flickering inside the house.
Just as the tiger was preparing to enter the house, suddenly a baby began to cry.
The tiger waited for some time but the baby continued to cry loudly.
 

The tiger decides to enter the house

While the baby continued crying, the tiger got ready to enter the house.
Suddenly heard a voice of a woman say –
“Keep quiet! Keep quiet! There you see a fox coming. It has big teeth”.
Still, the baby continued crying.
Now, the mother said –
“Keep quiet! Keep quiet! There you see a black bear coming. It has its mouth open”.
Still, the baby continued crying.
 
 

The flabbergasted tiger

 
Now the tiger thought –
 
“What kind of baby is that! He is neither afraid of fox or bear! Let me peep through the window pane once and see this strange baby.”
 
Just as he got ready to peep, he heard the lady say –
 
“Look, baby! There comes the ferocious tiger. It is standing under our window”.
But the baby continued crying.
 
The tiger thought –
“How could that lady know that I was waiting under the window?” the tiger was so shocked hearing this that he collapsed and fainted.
 
After some time, the tiger got back to his senses. Fearfully, as he tried to peep through the window to see the strange baby, he heard the mother’s voice once again –
“Here you are…dried persimmons !”
 
To the tiger’s surprise, the baby stopped crying immediately.
There was absolute silence all around. The tiger could hear his own breathing.
The tiger thought –
“What on earth is a persimmon? It must be more dangerous and powerful than me. The baby did not have any effect on hearing the names of fox, bear, or even me. But as the mother uttered the name of persimmon, the cry stopped immediately”.
 

The Climax

 
Just as the worried and scared tiger was engrossed in his thoughts, something heavy fell on his back.
 
Actually, a thief had entered that house to steal a cow. It was a dark night. The thief jumped from the rooftop thinking that he had jumped over a cow. Actually, by mistake, he landed over that confused and scary tiger.
 
On the other hand, the tiger thought that it was that ferocious, powerful, dangerous animal-Persimmon that had landed on his back.
The scary tiger started running for his life. He ran with tremendous speed desperately trying to throw the persimmon from his back.
 
The thief held the back of the tiger tightly thinking that if he falls, the tiger would kill him. So, with all his strength, he held the tiger.
 
While the tiger was running for his life, he crossed a big banyan tree with drooping prop roots.
The thief, with every strength he had in his hands, jumped and caught hold of one of the prop roots. He was relieved as he escaped from the tiger’s back.
 
The tiger also heaved a sigh of relief and thanked God. –
“Thank you, God, for saving my life from the dangerous creature-Persimmon”
 

Moral story for kids : A story on faith

Moral story for kids: A story on faith

Moral story for kids introduced at an early age has an advantage. It helps define the moral character of the child. At an early age, the children learn what they see & hear. A child’s brain is like a blank slate. Narrate a good, interesting moral story to a kid, repeatedly. It gets ingrained in his conscience for the rest of his life. Life is a complicated journey. These lessons of moral stories introduced early do help the child later in his life.

Introduction

A small boy, Jatil lived with his mother in a village in India. They were very poor. The boy lost his father at an early age. His mother would sew clothes for their living. Slowly Jatil was growing up. His mother wanted to impart education to her son. But they were so poor that arranging for bread and butter for daily survival was itself a challenge.

The boy goes to School

Jatil was admitted to a rural school, which was far away from where they stayed. Jatil’s mother used to sew clothes to earn their living and hence it was not possible for her to take her son to school. Jatil had to go to school all alone. On the way to school, he had to cross a dense forest.
The boy’s worry and the solution
One day Jatil told his mother :
“Mother ! I am afraid of going to school !”
The mother aid –
“Why Jatil ? Did your Sir scold you ?”
Jatil said –
” No mother…Sir does not scold me. He is very good and loves me”
“Then what is the issue? Why are you frightened ?” asked Jatil’s mother
“Mother! While going to school, I have to pass that dense forest. It is so dark. The branches of the trees seem like snakes hanging from the trees. Mother, please take me to school. I cannot go to school alone. All kids are being escorted by their parents. Why don’t you go with me? ” said Jatil
Jatil’s mother said –
“But Jatil, how can I go with you ? I have to sew clothes for our living”
Jatil said –
“When the school gets over, it is so dark in the forest. While I enjoy so much in school with my friends, I get frightened while returning. Don’t we have anyone who can take me to school ?”
Tears rolled down the cheeks of Jatil’s mother.
She could not utter a single word. She closed her eyes & prayed to God Shri Vishnu

The mother finds a solution

After a pause, she said –
“Oh! I forgot completely! You have a brother inside the forest. He will take you to school from tomorrow. “
Jatil was surprised. He asked –
” Brother? My own brother? Does he stay inside the forest? Why does he not stay with us mother? “
“Jatil’s mother said –
“Yes Jatil, he stays inside the forest. He looks after cows inside the forest. But when you call him tomorrow while going to school, he will surely respond. His name is Madhusudan.”
Now Jatil was very happy. The fears have disappeared completely. His innocence has won over his fears. Now he was eager to meet his brother & cannot wait further. While on other days, he used to stay scared for the next day. Now, he was impatiently waiting for the next day to come.
Does Jatil meet his brother?
Jatil was in deep sleep when the music of chirping birds woke him up. The rooster crowed and did his daily duty without failure. Jatil opened his eyes and saw that the sun was rising behind the banyan tree near his hut.
Jatila opened his eyes. Today he was very happy. He got ready for school. He said good bye to his mother and went off to school.
As the mother stood in front of their hut and see his son going to school and slowly disappear, she joined her hands and prayed
“Oh Madhusudan (the other name of Lord Vishnu) ! please take care of my little boy”
said Jatila’s mother.

Jatila enters the forest

As Jatila entered the forest, with all enthusiasm he started calling his brother –
Madhusudan dada! Madhusudan dada! ( Elder brothers are called dada in the concerned culture). I am your small brother – Jatila. Where are you Madhusudan dada? Come and walk with me. I feel afraid to go to school through this dense forest.”
Jatila waited but there was no response.
Again he started calling his brother loudly, but still no response
“Why can’t you listen to me Madhusudan dada? I know you will come because my mother told me so…” said Jatila but still no one responded.
Now Jatila started crying & telling –
“Why can’t you listen to me? Mother cannot be incorrect. Where are you Madhusudan dada ?”

Jatila meets Madusudan dada

At that moment, Jatila heard the beautiful sound of a flute. So sweet was the music that Jatila had never heard in his life.
The music of the flute came closer and closer. Now, Jatila observed that a handsome young boy with a peacock feather on his head approaching him.
The young boy was playing the flute and his face was glowing with happiness.
“Are you Madhusudan dada? Did my mother tell me about you? She told me that you will leave your cows in the forest and come to me if I call you.”
“Yes, I am your Madhusudan dada. Don’t worry. I will walk with you through the forest.” The young boy told Jatila with a smile on his face.
Jatila was excited to meet his brother. He told his Madhusudan dada about his school, his home, his mother, and all about his life as both of them traveled through the forest. As they came to the end of the forest path, the young boy stopped.
” Jatila, I will not go further. There is your school. I will go back now” said the young boy with a bright smile on his face.
Jatila said –
“But Madhusudan dada, what will happen in the evening when the school is over? The forest path is very dark and I feel afraid. Will you come in the evening?”
“Call me dear! I will join you and both of us will return back home ” said the young boy
This became a daily routine. Everyday morning and evening, Jatila used to call his big brother. Both of them traveled through the forest. Jatila used to share all his stories of life and what all happened in school. Madhusudan dada listened to his stories and sometimes played wonderful tunes on his flute.

A feast at school

On the way back from school one day, Jatila said –
“Madhusudan dada…tomorrow we have a feast at school. Sir told every one of us to contribute something”
“What do you plan to contribute, Jatila ?” asked Madhusudan dada
“We are very poor. My mother works all day to make our living. I really do not know whether I can contribute anything for the feast”. said a dejected Jatila
“Ask your mother. she will be able to guide you.
Jatila went home and asked his mother.
Jatila’s mother told him that they are very poor. She was very sad but told her son that it is impossible for her to contribute anything to the feast.
“Son, Why don’t you ask your Madhusudan dada. He might be able to help you” said Jatila’s mother.
“He only told me to ask you mother” replied Jatila.
“Is it so? then tell your big brother that I depend entirely on him and nothing more to offer”
said Jatila’s mother and tears made her vision hazy.
On the way to school the next morning, Jatila said to Madhusudan dada that his mother is very poor and she depended entirely on you.
Madhusudan dada smiled and said –
“All right brother. Tell your school teacher that you will bring curd for all the students in your class.”
Jatila was very happy. He said that they are 20 in the class and the pot of curd should be big enough for everyone to share.

The day of the feast

The day of the feast arrived. Jatila on his way to school, waited for his big brother to accompany him and also to bring a big pot of curd for the feast.
As usual, the young boy came playing his flute and handed over a small pot of curd to Jatila and looked at his face.
Jatila looked sad and said –
“Madhusudan dada, this pot of curd looks so small. We are 20 in the class. This small pot of curd is not enough for all in the class”.
Madhusudan dada looked at Jatila’s face, smiled, and said –
“Give this pot of curd to your teacher. It will be enough for all Jatila”
Jatila reaches school
Jatila went to the class and handed over the pot of curd to his teacher.
Looking at the small pot containing curd, the teacher got very angry. He started scolding Jatila and said –
“What is this Jatila? You promised to bring curd for everyone. While the pot of curd you have brought can feed only 5-6 students. Now that I do not have any back-ups also, you have spoilt the treat. Go and keep it at the corner of the classroom”
The feast was almost over when the teacher remembered about the pot of curd. He called Jatila and said –
” Bring that pot of curd and distribute it in the class. There is no point wasting it. At least a few of your friends might have it”.
Jatile, as per his teacher’s instruction, started distributing the curd.

A strange thing happened

As he served the curd to 5-6 of his friends, a strange thing happened. To his surprise, he observed that the pot of curd became filled once again. As he continued distributing the curd to more and more students, the pot was never getting empty.
To his surprise, Jatila observed that each student had enough curd on their plates. But, the pot that he was holding in his hands was still filled with curd.
As Jatila was awestruck and looking at the pot of curd with amazement, his teacher called him and said –
” How is it possible Jatila? You brought such a small pot of curd but you could distribute it to all the students. Each of the students has enough curds on their plates but still, your pot of curd is full. Tell me from where have you managed this pot of curd !”
“My big brother gave it to me” said innocent Jatila
“Big brother? Where does your brother come from? I did not know that you have a big brother…Don’t give me any story. Tell me the truth” shouted the teacher
Jatila told this teacher about Madhusudan dada and narrated about him.
“Where does he live, Jatila? I would like to meet your Madhusudan dada. Will you take me to meet him ?” said the teacher softly
“Sure Sir! In the evening when I go home, I call him and he accompanies me till I reach home. Today you can come with me to meet him” said Jatila.

The Climax

Jatila and his teacher reached the first. Jatila started calling his big brother –
“Madhusudan dada ! Madhusudan dada! “
He called again and again, but no one came.
His teacher looked at him in suspicion and said –
I feel that you are not speaking the truth. You do not have any big brother. You have cooked up a story and narrated it to me”
Jatila tried to convince his teacher but to no avail. His teacher started blaming him for not telling the truth.
Jatila started crying and said –
“Believe me Sir. I have a big brother and his name is Madhusudan. He loves me so much that he gave me this pot of curd because we are very poor and could not manage anything for the feast. He accompanies me daily while coming to school and going back home”.
“You are not telling the truth !” shouted the teacher.
Jatila started crying loudly and said –
“Oh, Madhusudan dada! You must come to me, else I will be labeled as a liar”
Just then came a beautiful melody of a flute…
“There, There he is….he is coming! My Madhusudan dada is coming Sir…” said Jatila
Both the teacher and Jatila eagerly waited to meet Madhusudan dada but no one came
From somewhere they heard a beautiful voice –
“Jatila! Your teacher will need a long time before he could see me. It is because of your mother’s pure faith in me and your innocence and faith in your mother that you could see me. Your mother had begged me to take care of you. That is the reason I walked with you every day”.
Jatila understood that Madhusudan dada was none other than Lord Vishnu himself.

What Are the Best Bedtime Stories You’ve Made Up For Your Kids?

What Are the Best Bedtime Stories You’ve Made Up For Your Kids?

You spend the day in a positive way & summarize the day’s work as a bedtime story for your kid.
My Kid is 5 years old and every night his demands are simple. I will have to narrate a new bedtime story.
Telling new bedtime stories daily looks simple but actually is a complex job.
If you are also facing the same problem, how do you counter it? What might be the way out?
 
What Are the Best Bedtime Stories You've Made Up For Your Kids
One solution is pretty simple, you can go through my blog and you are safe 🙂
 
The other solution that I would share here is as under :
 
One day I thought, what do I do to keep my kid happy?
While listening to bedtime stories is a good practice, but the stock of the stories should be huge…else you are at risk 🙂
 
I try to spend the day in a positive way. Then narrate the incidences of the day in a simple way with some spices so that it generates interest.
 

# Bedtime story: Capsule 1

 
Today I will share my visit to an eco-park early in the morning. As a part of my morning walk routine, I visit that park in winter to see migratory birds.
 
One morning, I got up from bed to discover that it was a foggy morning. Before stepping out of home, I could not estimate that it was a thick fog. Objects within a handful of distance were also difficult to see.
However, I took off for my destination. When I reached the eco-park, watching migratory birds was a distant dream. The fog was so thick that the trees were difficult to spot. There is a big lake where the migratory birds perch. But with so thick fog, it was difficult to spot them.
So, with such a weather condition, I came back home disappointed.
I clicked a few photos which I could share with my kid.
What_Are_the_Best_Bedtime_Stories_You've_Made_Up_For_Your_Kids
But, just showing foggy morning photos were not a big hit strategy, but not a failure also.
I sat with my Kid & showed him some selected photos & added some spices along with…

The Positives …

 The positives that I got by telling him the bedtime story :
  • He got interested in nature
  • He understood how foggy morning looks like
  • He was explained the safety measures that one should undertake during fog

# Bedtime story: Capsule 2

My next attempt at that eco-park was successful.
It was early in the morning that I entered the park.
The chirping sounds of beautiful birds made my day
But….
As I went inside, it was sheer frustration.
I could hear the lovely sounds of birds but in the first 45 minutes, I could not see a single bird.
 
After roaming here and there in search of birds, I spotted a beautiful kingfisher.
I set my camera lens to perfection…
Just as I was getting ready to click, a Haaahaaahaaaa sound from laughing club members made the bird fly away.
 
Frustrated, dejected … I decided to come back home when a beautiful sound of a bird made me look back.
 
It was a purple sunbird.
The sunbird was sitting on one flower & suckling nectar.
I set my camera….
It flew & sat on a flower just near me…
The rest was like a dream. It gave me so many poses to click.
I spent maybe 30 minutes on the beautiful sunbird only.
 
As I looked up, I spotted a couple of green bee-eaters. The bee-eater was feeding on an insect. 3-4 other bee-eaters appeared in some time and again disappeared.
 
In the next 1 hour was very exciting.
A small tailorbird made me busy because it was very fast.
Many birds were spotted & I could successfully take their photographs.
Best_Bedtime_stories_Purple Sunbird
I came back home with lots of satisfaction & loads of photographs.
Best_Bedtime_stories_Woodpecker
Now, it was time to narrate the story to my kid.
I made a selection of the top few photographs & showed them to him. Then made a short sweet story out of the morning incidences and narrated to him.

The Positives …

 The positives that I got by telling him the bedtime story :

  • He saw lots of beautiful birds which he had never seen before
  • He learned the names of the birds
  • Migratory birds come during winter & have a different habitat, he knew that these birds are different from the local ones.
  • He learned the feeding habits of different birds
  • Overall, it was an initial step to love nature.

 

Photo credit Iulia Mihailov

Interesting short story [God Jhatpat]

Interesting short story [God Jhatpat]

 
I would narrate an interesting short story that could change your life.
The background of the story is rural Bengal. It was at a time when rural Bengal implied coconut trees, ponds, cow, muddy lanes, straw huts are more. People were mostly poor.
 
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Introduction

 
There was a young lady who lived in a village in Bengal. She was very poor. The only source of her income was by selling oil. This is how she used to manage her family expenses.
 
It was a rainy day and she was walking through the muddy lanes of her village. She was going to the marketplace which was located a few miles away from her village.
While walking, she was thinking in her mind how she would manage her expenses when she slipped…
She slipped and fell down and all the oil that she was taking with her for selling fell on the ground.
 
She started crying…
“Now what will I do? My family will die out of hunger. How could I slip!”
 
An old Brahmin came near her and said –
“What happened, young lady? Why are you crying?”
 
The lady replied –
“Oh respected baba! I am an oil seller. I sell oil in the marketplace next village and with the earning, I manage my family expenses & feed my kids. Now, I was going to the market for selling oil but slipped and all the oil fell in the ground. I lost everything respected baba. Now, how will I feed my kids?”
 
The old Brahmin gave a patient hearing and said –
“Don’t worry young lady. I will give you a very easy solution. You will have to perform a puja. If you agree, I will explain the process. After performing the puja, you will get back everything you lost”
 
“But respected baba, I am very poor. How can I perform expensive puja?” said the young lady

The Puja Procedure 

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“It is not at all expensive my dear. Buy 2 betel leaves and 2 areca nuts and go home.
Take water in a small puja vessel and place the betel leaf over it. Take one areca nut and put it over the betel leaf.
Keep the other betel leaf, areca nuts, some batasha (small rounds made with sugar in rural Bengal), vermilion & a little bit of mustard oil on a plate.
Now offer puja to God Jhatpat. Tell him what has happened to you and offer your sincere prayers. After the puja is over, take the water from the vessel with the betel leaf and sprinkle it all over your hut. Now, eat the betel leaves but remember, do not spit anything outside. Don’t worry! You will get back everything you lost.”
 
Telling this, the old Brahmin vanished in the thin air.
 
The young lady bought the ingredients for the Puja and went back home. She performed the puja as per the instructions of the old Brahmin……
 

A milkmaid meets the young lady

 Few months went by…
One day, a neighbour of the young lady, a milkmaid met her in the market.
While chatting, the young lady told the milkmaid about the entire incident.
How an old Brahmin appeared from nowhere. Told her about God Jhatpat and instructed her to perform a puja. After performing the Puja, she got back everything she lost.
 
She also told that by the grace of God Jhatpat, now she no longer has poverty.
 
But the milkmaid did not believe her story. She started to laugh and make jokes out of the story. The young lady repeatedly tried to convince the milkmaid. But the milkmaid made fun of her.
 
It was evening and the sun was setting on the western horizon… Everyone including the young lady and the milkmaid went back home.
 

The milkmaid got punished

 It was late evening and someone was knocking on the door of the young lady. The young lady opened the door and saw the milkmaid.
 
“What happened? Why are you crying? Tell me please…what happened to you?” asked the young lady
 
The milkmaid could not stop crying. Then she replied –
“I made fun of your story, I did not believe you. And now I am being punished for the same.”
 
“Why? What happened” asked the young lady.
 
“After I went home from the market, I noticed that I am not hearing any noise from the cowshed. When I went to the cowshed, I saw that all my cows are lying dead in the shed. The cows were so dear to me….Now I am gone. I milk these cows and sell the milk in the market to support my family. I am punished…..should not have made this mistake. Now, what will I do?” said the milkmaid.
 
The young lady tried to console her but could not do anything.
 
Then she told the milkmaid-
“Dear, go home today, it is already very late. Tomorrow just before the sunset, you will have to perform the puja of God Jhatpat. You believe me, everything will be fine. I will tell you the puja procedure tomorrow. Go and take a rest now” said the young lady.
 
The next day morning, the young lady told the milkmaid the procedure of the puja. She also told her –
“After performing the puja, sprinkle the water in the cowshed over your cows with the help of betel leaf. Everything will be fine”
 
The milkmaid followed every instruction very sincerely. And, to everyone’s surprise, all her cows became alive after the puja was performed.
 

The Puja became Popular

 Everyone in the village understood that the old Brahmin was none other than God Jhatpat himself.
Then the story of Jhatpat spread like wildfire in all the villages nearby.
The story goes like this…
Jhatpat, Dharfar, and TeenNath were 3 brothers. Dharfar and Teen Nath were offered prayers but Jhatpat did not have any puja. Through these incidences, the puja of God Jhatpat spread all around the villages.
If anyone lost anything, to find it, the villagers would immediately remember the thought about God Jhatpat in mind. They would surely get back the lost treasure. And after getting back the lost treasure, they would have to offer prayers as mentioned in the story.
 
You can also perform this puja at home. Whenever you lose anything, perform this puja at your home. Narrating this story would take less than 10 minutes of your time. And ingredients are minimal as mentioned.

Photo credit :

Sébastien Goldberg

 


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