Short stories are great conversation builders. Apart from short stories we also have posters, maps, flash cards and books for kids that you can buy for building screenfree conversations with kids
Short Story one : The man who saved the village with creative problem solving
Bhirav was a clever man. He lived in a village by name Sampatpur somewhere in Rajasthan. He was a problem solver! Many people would come to him asking for help. There was one problem in the village. There was an unkind landlord. Most of the farmers in the village owed him one or the other thing. Either their jewels, property, or money. The landlord took undue advantage of his privillege. One day the landlord got an opportunity to meet an investor in the city who gave him the idea to open a factory in the village. The factory would bring down all the greenery to the village most of the farmers would lose their land. But they were helpless because of their bad debts.
Learning the details Bhairav came up with an idea. He bought some windchimes and bells. He hung it amidst the big trees and bushes. With a tape recorder he had, he recorded some weird noises of random animals and people. When the investors visited the land he started playing the recordings. As and when the wind came, the wind chimes would make some noise. The investors got scared and questioned the strange things that were happening. Even the Landlord was scared and did not have anything to answer. Investors said that they would not invest in that kind of land. The landlord had no choice but to get disappointed.
Moral of the Short Story:
This is a great example of how creative problem solving can help save the day
Short Story Two: We cannot control how others perceive us
Once upon a time, there was a village in India on the bank of the river Krishna. In the same village, there lived a snake by name of Kallu. Kallu often felt sad seeing how people treated other animals. Dogs, cats, and cows were kept as pets, they were fed well and treated like friends. Whereas she was always feared by them and considered a dangerous animal. She wished that she also could get that kind of treatment.
One day, she decided that she would never scare anyone with her hisses or whistles and also not bite anyone. By doing this she thought she could gain friendly treatment from humans. She started to visit houses. But nothing worked. Even though she did not hiss or spit poison, the moment the humans saw her they would get scared, but since she had decided not to hiss, the humans would beat her with sticks or stones.
Then she understood, that she cannot change how others perceive her.
She decided that she would not look for other people’s approval but will continue to be a snake that does not bite or hiss, whether other people noticed and appreciated it or not.
Moral of the Story:
There are certain things in life that we cannot change. Like our looks and physical features. More importantly, we can never control other people’s reactions to us. Instead of trying hard to improve what we cannot, we have to focus on the unlimited things that we can do to reach our goals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Smitha Prasad is a budding writer who writes articles and short stories for kids. She believes that childhood is the right age to inculcate the right values in kids. It helps them to develop into confident adults. She designs and runs a kid’s magazine called A LITTLE MORE-An Engaging booklet, through which she tries to reach kids that helps kids stay away from screen, build conversations and build the right mindset in kids