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What if I was my favourite animal?

— Mukta Kulkarni (7-July-2020)

One day when I woke up, I was a Leopard! I was surprised. On my body, I had black spots and I had a long tail. I went to drink milk, but I could not drink it as I did not have fingers. I had paws. So, I had to lap the milk. Then I went out and was again surprised as I saw animals were humans and we were our favourite animals.

After that I went to the park. I saw my friend was a cat! I went to her and told her what had happened. She also told me the same. As we were talking my three friends came. When I saw them, I laughed. My first friend was a monkey. The second was a dog and third was a lion like Simba. We told each other what had happened and then played ‘Catch Catch’. I was the denner in the game. As I was a leopard, I could run very fast and caught everyone in no time.

Suddenly I felt someone pushing me. Then I woke up with a start. I saw my mom waking me for school. I saw myself. I was a human. Even if it was a dream, I had a lot of fun being a leopard.

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The Lost Cub

— Mukta Kulkarni (7-July-2020)

Once upon a time there used to live a mother Cheetah and her cub in the jungle. One day while the mother Cheetah was out in the forest wondering for food, that time her baby cub saw a butterfly and started chasing it. He did not understand, but till then he came to the nearby village and then he got lost. The butterfly off course escaped, but the baby cub started running here and there throughout the village. Before anyone could see him, he jumped into a barrel of brown colour. When he came up, he looked like a dog. So, wherever he would go no one would get frightened as he was looking like a dog. After some time, it started raining. The hungry lost cub ran to find shelter from here to there. Before his paint could go away a small girl saw him and told him, “Come here, come with me. I will give you some food and shelter”. The small cub came with her. She sheltered him for the night and gave him food to eat.

In the morning the mother Cheetah in the den was searching for her baby. She started smelling for her cub. She understood he was in the village. After a while everyone was playing with the dog because now everyone knew that the dog meant no harm to anyone and the dog was not a street dog. So, what happened is while playing, one of them tried to feed him dog food. But as the cub was a Cheetah’s small baby, not a dog, he refused to eat the dog food. After a while people got confused and offered him to eat some dog bones. But he did not eat. He only wanted meat. That is why one wise person of the village came and looked at him. He understood that it was not a dog.

After a while he asked someone to sprinkle water over him. After he sprinkled water over him, they were shocked to see that he was a Cheetah’s cub. That time the wise man started calming the girl and everyone. He said that it has done no harm to the girl. What harm will he bring to us elders? People agreed and started calling for its mother. After a while, the mother reached the village. The cub saw his mother and ran towards her. When the girl and the elders of the village understood that they meant no harm, they gave them lot of meat to eat. After that the baby cub went home and lived happily with his mother.

People went into the forest to visit them every time.

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Balulu The Balloon Man

— Mukta Kulkarni (11-July-2020)

Once upon a time there was a village, where people used to live in peace and harmony. In the village, there lived a child called Balulu who was very funny. He had a body, but his head was a balloon! He had a tall balloon head, which was weird. He had two small eyes with a smile on his face. People used to tease him for being like that.

One day while he was walking outside to go to a nearby shop to purchase something, that time the wind blew extremely fast and as he was a balloon head, he flew up. When the air slowed, he came down again. That time four people were walking there and started making fun of him. They said that NaNanaNaaNa…….. “You are a balloon man so you will never succeed in being on the ground for all the time”. Sad, the Balloon man Balulu ran away. Balulu came to the shop. He purchased some things and went home and slept.

The next day he saw the news was showing that the village was going to have a thunderstorm and it will be flooded after some days. So Balulu kept a warning and did not step out of his home as he was a balloon and may would fly away. But then the day came of the flood. The villagers who had forgotten about that were walking in the street and the flood came. Water flowed everywhere and the villagers, those who could not swim started screaming for help. That time Balulu the Balloon man understood it and ran out to save the villagers life. He could fly because of the wind as there was a lot of wind. So, he flew and took the villagers in his house. Like that he saved everyone. Everyone praised him for his work. For some days Balulu sheltered them at his home and after when the flood cleared all the villagers went home. The rest people who had teased him before, apologised to him and Balulu who always was a good man smiled at them and forgive them immediately. After that Balulu became everyone’s hero.