Small tales

October 25, 2010 05:23 pm | Updated 05:23 pm IST

The bird’s sacrifice

One day an angel asked asked a bird to fly around the world, exploring places and the people and to give her a report. The birdm, thinking it as her duty, started to wander through the woods, towns and cities. The world has become too pragmatic she observed. They only see whether someone scored above ninety in Maths or got a rank in the competitive exam.

It became more obvious when the bird saw parents torturing a girl because she had scored only average marks in science; the bird felt pity on her. The girl was very depressed. She was a good speaker but who cared until that she has scored 95 in English. Depressed, she picked up Young World and came across an an announcement about a writing competition. She was overjoyed and took that as an opportunity to prove herself. She started writing a short story. Burning the midnight oil she finished her story by jubilantly concluding “BY KANISHKA”.

The bird was so much excited. Kanishka kept that story on her window. Suddenly, a strong wind blew away the papers . The bird flew racing against the wind. After many hardships, she managed to catch the paper. It was morning, the last date to submit the story. Kanishka saw the bird with the paper. Angrily she threw a stone towards the bird. The bird got hurt severely and died. The girl got first prize in the competition. She knew nothing about the sacrifice of the bird.

Anjali Gautam,X, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Kalkaji Extn,New Delhi

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