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  A story of brains, common sense and presence of mind

It’s a long time back story when people led simple life and helped each other.

Amina was a teacher. After her retirement she planned to see the places she had taught in class for so many years. She went from one place to another and enjoyed to see the important sightseeing spots. It took her months as she walked on foot by and large.

She reached a small village Spin Kali in north of Pakistan. By the time she got there, she had finished all her money.

She had not eaten anything for 3 days so was very hungry. She had a small cooking pot that she carried with her everywhere. She cooked in it, ate from it and drank water from it. It was a multi-use pot. It was time she didn’t know how to kill her hunger.

She was a teacher—-so had brains and common sense both! Teacher is always a teacher!

Some passersby saw an old unfamiliar lady making a fire.

Without taking any notice of them, she put some water in the cooking pot from the nearby lagoon. Then she put some weeds and pebbles in the pot. The villagers who had seen her build a fire saw her cooking something while going back home. They stopped and asked her who she was and what was she cooking.

She replied politely; “I am making soup of pebbles and herbs. This soup keeps young and energetic driving old age away.”  She further said that; “it’s an ancient tasty recipe passed down to her from her ancestors.” Amina then dropped in a smooth, round white stone she had in her pocket into the pot.

Amina told the villagers stories of her travels and the exciting things she’d seen. As the soup warmed, tasting the soup told them that it was coming along nicely, but, “a bit of salt would bring out the taste.” One curious villager went into her home and returned with some salt for the soup.
A few more villagers stopped by to see what was going on. She asked for some carrots, onion or veggies to add to the already delicious soup. So, another villager brought handful of peas, carrots garlic and tomatoes to her.

Hearing about a weird lady making a special soup developed interest and excitement among people of that village. Amina’s outlandish stories fascinated the simple villagers.  Step by step Amina made them bring some meat, potatoes to make the soup more nutritious.

Finally, the soup was ready and everyone enjoyed the tasty meal prepared for them from just pebbles, weeds, veggies, meat and other items. Thus she herself enjoyed the soup along with others.

Her stories and common sense made people friends with her. They welcomed her to stay as long as she wanted to in their village.  She stayed there till she breathed her last. She educated children and adults. She groomed their personalities. She also opened a school for children under a huge ancient tree. The name of the school was decided and chosen by all students and teachers. Our Future
she changed the outlook of the village and brought productive changes. She also educated the women and taught them many skills to live, love life respectfully. She’s still remembered with great respect and love

Working together, with each of us contributing a bit, we can be successful.



A kindergarten teacher has decided to let her class play a game.

The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates.

So the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes;

some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.

Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes.

Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended….

The teacher asked: “How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?”. The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.

Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart.

The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go.

If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???”

Moral of the story: Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime. Forgiving others is the best attitude to take!

The story you are going to read now is of pre-colonial India (before the British invaded). But, they had started frequent business visits to and from India.

Fascinated Sheikh Chilly was fond of watching blue eyed, fair complexion and golden haired British, especially when they talked in English.  At that particular moment he desperately yearned to speak English and communicate with the British in their language.

Sheikh Chilly met a person who worked for English trader as a Chef.  He could speak and understand English to some extent. Mania for English language attracted Chilly to get close to Chef.

Chilly developed a great deal of regard for the Chef because he knew the language Chilly loved. To entertain Chef, Chilly struggled to do all that he possibly could. He brought small gifts for Chef and offered his services to do petty things for him to soften his heart.

After some time when Chilly felt that the Chef had become lenient he requested him to teach English. At first the chef was reluctant and showed his attitude disappointing poor Chilly.  But steady beseeching at last produced positive results.

The Chef agreed to teach English to Chilly.

The first word he taught Chilly was, (yes).

Sheikh Chilly was so thrilled that he could speak English.   So he decided to speak English only while he is in the market or out of home.

The next day he went to the greengrocer shop.

Greengrocer: “What would you like to buy Brother Sheikh Chilly; potatoes, bitter gourds, cabbage, turnips?”

Chilly: “Yes?”

Green grocer was so bewildered to hear Chilly say such strange words.

Green grocer: “Will you please speak Urdu. I can’t understand what you said before?”

Chilly was headstrong to speak nothing but English no matter what.

Chilly with eyes bulging out with anger said: “yes.”

Getting irritated the green grocer weighed all four veggies mentioned above and handed them over to Chilly.

Chilly after making the payment moved onward.

He felt himself on top of the world having spoken English with the green grocer.

Lost in the utopian of his own and unaware of his surrounding, he had a collision with an Englishman.

The things dropped from Englishman’s hands and scattered on the road rolling down.

The Englishman in fury: “O, fool can’t you see. You have toppled my stuff. Shouldn’t I give you a hard punch on your face so you can see clearly?”

Sheikh Chilly felt honored that English man is talking to him in English so he self-importantly replied: “Yes.”

Englishman surprisingly: “Okay, take this now.”

He gave him a hard blow. The push and blow were so hard that Chilly failed to balance himself thus fell flat in a soiled marshy ditch with his veggies.

A wandering cow did full justice to the veggies scattering all around Chilly. It ate them all leaving Chilly gaze in grief and relief.

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