A story is an imaginary account of people or situations that is told for entertainment. Everybody loves to read or listen to short story. But writing them is not a simple task.
In this post, we present you with 10 Popular Short Stories that will make you think again.
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Short Story #1
Never believe the wicked
There was an old tiger who used to be cruel and eat humans when he was young. But as he grew old and weak, he couldn’t hunt for food anymore and suffered from hunger. He had a gold bangle, which he kept with him while sitting in an open area in the forest.
One day, he saw a man passing by on the road and called out to him, saying he had a good bangle to give away. The tiger told the man not to be afraid and that he now prayed to God five times a day, hoping that it would be useful to him. The tiger said that the bangle was of no use to him and would be helpful to the man.
The man was simple and religious, and he believed in the tiger. He thought that he could help a poor man with the gold bangle. He went close to the tiger to receive it. But the wicked tiger caught him by the neck and killed him. The moral of the story is to never trust the wicked.
Short Story #2
A man and his ass
Once there was a man who used to sell salt. He had an ass to carry loads of salt from a faraway town. On the way, they had to cross a stream every day. One day, the ass slipped and fell into the river, causing some of the salt to dissolve in the water. As a result, the load became lighter, which made the ass feel relieved.
Thinking it was clever, the ass started to deliberately let its feet slip into the water every day. As a consequence, the man suffered a huge loss. He became very angry and wanted to teach the ass a lesson. He decided to keep it without food for two days. After that, the ass realized its mistake and never repeated it again. The moral of the story is to not be foolish and act cleverly, or else it can lead to problems in the future.
Short Story #3
The stag and the hunter
Once, a thirsty stag went to drink water from a clear pool. While drinking, the stag saw his own reflection in the water and admired his fine horns. However, he felt sorry for his thin legs, which he found ugly. Suddenly, a hunter appeared with his hounds, and the stag got scared and ran away as fast as he could. Unfortunately, his horns got stuck in the creepers of the bushes, and he couldn’t escape. The hunter caught up to him and killed him, making his once charming horns the reason for his demise.
Short Story # 4
Look before you leap
Once, a fox was walking past a well in the dark of the night and accidentally fell into it. He spent the whole night suffering in the well but managed to save himself from drowning. There was a foolish goat that lived nearby and belonged to a villager. The next morning, the goat wandered near the well while grazing, and the fox, seeing an opportunity, called out to her, saying that the water in the well was clear and sweet.
The goat, being thirsty, jumped into the well without thinking twice. The fox quickly climbed on top of the goat’s head and used her as a stepping stone to escape from the well. The goat learned a valuable lesson to look before leaping.
Short Story #5
Nobody trusts a liar
There was a cowboy who took care of his cows near a forest. He would often shout “tiger” to trick the villagers and then laugh when they came to his aid. The villagers became upset and eventually stopped believing him.
One day, when a real tiger came, the cowboy cried out for help, but no one believed him because of his past lies. The tiger attacked and killed the cowboy. This shows that nobody trusts a liar.
Short Story #6
United we stand, divided we fall
There was a farmer who had four sons, but they always argued and fought with each other. The farmer worried about their future and decided to teach them a lesson. He asked each son to bring a bundle of sticks and then try to break them, but they couldn’t.
Next, the farmer asked them to untie the bundle and try to break the sticks one by one, which they were able to do easily. The farmer then advised them, “If you stick together and work as a team, no one can harm you. You couldn’t break the sticks in a bundle, but you could easily break them when they were separated. So, stay united and live in peace.” The sons agreed to follow their father’s wise advice.
Short Story #7
Little friends may prove to be great friends
Once there was a lion who lived in a den, and nearby, a mouse lived in a hole. One day, while the lion was sleeping, the mouse accidentally entered the lion’s nostril. The lion woke up in a fury and caught the mouse, ready to kill it. However, the mouse pleaded for mercy, promising that it could be of help to the lion in the future. Initially, the lion laughed at the mouse’s small size but eventually decided to let it go.
Sometime later, the lion got caught in a hunter’s net and could not free himself. In distress, he roared loudly. The mouse, recognizing the lion’s roar, immediately rushed to the spot and started gnawing the net. Eventually, it succeeded in freeing the lion, and said, “Dear king of beasts, I have done you a favour. Now, please run away to save yourself.” The lion was grateful to the mouse and quickly ran away. The story teaches us that little friends can prove to be great friends.
Short Story #8
Don’t try a thing you don’t know
Once, a tired fisherman had been fishing in a river for a long time. He went to a nearby house to have a smoke and left his net by the riverside. Beside the river, there was a big tree where a monkey lived. The monkey watched carefully how the fisherman threw his net and caught fish from a distance.
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The monkey wished to throw the net into the river, so it went to the net and picked it up. However, it was not easy for the monkey to throw the net, and in the process, it got entangled in it. Although it tried hard to free itself, it couldn’t. Meanwhile, the fisherman returned and became very angry upon seeing the monkey trapped in the net. He beat the monkey to death.
Short Story #9
Where there is a will there is a way
It was a hot day, and a thirsty crow was searching for water. He flew around until he finally spotted a water pot. However, he couldn’t reach the water as it was at the bottom of the pot. This made him very sad.
Nevertheless, the crow was intelligent. He found some stones nearby and carried them one by one to the water pot. After dropping the stones into the pot, the water rose to the top. Then the crow drank the water and quenched his thirst.
Short Story #10
The Blue Jackal
One night, a jackal sneaked into a washerman’s house to steal some food. However, he fell into a vat filled with blue water and ended up being dyed blue. Even though he managed to get out of the vat, he looked very unusual. When he returned to the forest, none of the animals could recognize him, and they were all scared of him. Surprisingly, they made him their king.
At night, the jackals started to howl, but the blue jackal could not blend in with them. Instead, he howled loudly, revealing his true identity to all the animals. The tiger, hearing the blue jackal’s howl, came and killed him.
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