The Oak tree and the Reeds

The Oak said, “You have every right to be upset about this.” “Even the faintest wind that ruffles the surface of the water is enough to cause you to stoop your heads, but I, the great Oak, remain straight and solid in the face of the raging storm.” Continue reading The Oak tree and the Reeds

The Plane Tree

Aesop’s Fables 7 While making their way through the heat of the midday sun, two travellers decided to take a break under the shadow of a spreading tree. They realised it was a plane tree as they lay there staring up amid the aesthetically pleasing leaves of the tree. One of them said, “The plane is such a useless tree.” It does not produce any fruit  and instead merely serves to cover the ground with its dead leaves. A voice was heard coming from the Plane tree and saying, “Ungrateful beings!” “You are lying in the refreshing shade that I … Continue reading The Plane Tree

A Tale of the Crow and the Pitcher

Aesop’s Fables 10 During a stretch of dry weather when there was little water available for the birds to drink, a thirsty Crow discovered a pitcher that had a few drops of water in it. But because of the pitcher’s height and its narrow neck, the Crow was unable to get any of the water inside of it, no matter how hard he tried. The poor creature had the impression that he was about to pass out from thirst. Then he had a thought pop into his head. He took a handful of the smaller stones and placed them one … Continue reading A Tale of the Crow and the Pitcher

The Fox and the Grapes

The Fox and the Grapes Aesop’s Fables 4 One day, a Fox came upon a gorgeous cluster of perfectly ripe grapes that were dangling from a vine that was grown along the trunk of a tree. When the Fox looked longingly at the grapes, it appeared as if they were about to explode with juice, and the sight caused his mouth to water. The bunch was suspended from a somewhat high branch, so the fox had to leap to get it. The very first time he attempted to leap, he fell short by a considerable distance. Therefore, he retreated a … Continue reading The Fox and the Grapes

The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

The Mouse in the City and the Mouse in the Country Aesop’s Fables 3 Once upon a time, a town mouse travelled to the country to see a relative who resided there. The country mouse offered a meal consisting of wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, along with a splash of cold water for a beverage. The Town Mouse ate very little, simply nibbling on a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and it was quite clear from the way that she behaved that the only reason she ate the basic food was to be kind. Following … Continue reading The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

The Ox and the Frogs

The Ox and the Frogs Aesop’s Fables 1 An ox descended to a pool surrounded by reeds in order to drink. While he was vigorously splashing into the water, he stomped on a little frog, crushing it into the mud. The elderly Frog quickly began to miss the younger ones, and she inquired with her family about their well-being and whereabouts. One of them exclaimed, “A great enormous monster trod on little brother with one of his massive feet!” while the others cried. The elderly toad said while puffing up with pride, “Was he around the same size as this?” … Continue reading The Ox and the Frogs

Who will Bell the Cat

Aesop’s Fables 2 Once upon a time, the mice had a gathering in order to come up with a strategy on how they might become free from their adversary, the cat. At the very least, they hoped to discover some method for determining when she would arrive, so that they would have some chance to escape. They lived in such continuous terror of her claws that they barely ever ventured to emerge from their burrows, regardless of the time of day or night. In fact, something had to be done about it. There were several proposals considered, but none of … Continue reading Who will Bell the Cat

The Wolf and the Crane-

Aesop Fables 5 Once, a wolf caught and killed a rabbit and was eating it. Along with the meat, a piece of bone became lodged in his throat. The wolf cried out in great pain, unable to swallow or spit anything out. The wolf cried to all animals and birds that came by and asked them to help him by removing the bone stuck in his throat. He said whoever removes this bone will be rewarded with whatever they ask for. At last, a passing crane agreed to remove the bone from the wolf’s throat. With its long beak, the … Continue reading The Wolf and the Crane-

The Snake and the Farmer

An Aesop’s Fable Once, a village farmer’s son stepped on a snake, and the enraged snake bit the boy, killing him instantly. The angry farmer cut the snake’s tail with an axe and mutilated the snake. The snake, out of enmity with the farmer, started to bite and kill the farmer’s cows one after another. The farmer’s efforts to find the snake and kill it were unsuccessful because during the day the snake was hiding itself in holes under the earth. It came out of the furrows only in the darkness to bite the farmer’s cows. At last, the farmer … Continue reading The Snake and the Farmer

The Ape and the two Travellers

3. The Ape and the two Travellers. Two men were traveling together when they happened across the realm of apes by complete accident. One of the men was known for telling the truth at all times, while the other never said anything but falsehoods. One of the apes, who had self-promoted to the position of the king of the apes, gave the order for them to be apprehended and brought before him so that he could find out what people thought of him among humans. At the same time, he gave the order for all of the apes to be … Continue reading The Ape and the two Travellers