The Bharunda Birds

Once upon a time there lived a great bird named Bharunda. He had two heads but a single belly. One day, he found a nectar fruit. One head said, “My good luck to have found this delicious fruit, I am sure it is sent from the heavens only for me”. Hearing this, the second head said, “O brother, let me also taste the fruit you are praising so much.” The first head laughed and said, “Both of us have...
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The Plover Who Fought the Ocean

A plover and his wife once lived by the shore of the ocean, the mighty ocean that swarms with all types of fish, amphibians and other teeming life. In due time the wife became pregnant and was ready to lay her eggs. So she said to her husband: “Please find a spot where I may lay my eggs.” “Why,” said he, “this ancestral home of ours promises progress. Lay your eggs here.” “Oh,” said she,...
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The Duel between Elephant and Sparrow

In a dense bit of jungle lived a sparrow and his wife, who had built their nest on the branch of a Tamal tree, and in course of time the female laid eggs. One afternoon a wild elephant with spring fever was distressed by the heat, and came beneath that Tamal tree in search of shade. Blinded by his fever, he pulled with the tip of his trunk at the branch where the sparrows had their nest, and...
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