Saturday, June 25, 2016

THE STORY OF THREE DONKEYS









Pic:. Anima D'Cunha


Years ago, when I had decided to do something about my poor English, one of the things I did – and found very effective – was telling a nice story in two tenses… the Present and the Past. Over the years, I have helped hundreds of people, who were earnest about improving their English, with the same method… Yes, write a nice story down in both the tenses… and, then, tell it to someone!

The  story below is one of my favorite childhood stories… I love to call it the story of ‘THREE DONKEYS’!!!


THE STORY OF ‘THREE DONKEYS’


PAST:

One day, a father and his son went to the marketplace to sell some goods. Their donkey had carried the goods for them. By noon, they had sold off their goods and they were on their way home.

As goods were not there, the son was sitting on the donkey. A passerby saw this and exclaimed, “How bad… The young man is enjoying the ride and the poor old-father is made to walk in the hot sun!”

On hearing this, the son came down and the father went up!

They had barely moved some distance… when another passerby saw them and cried, “What a pity… The strong man is having his joyride while the poor little-son is made to drag his feet in the scorching heat!”

Immediately, the father pulled his son up on the donkey and the donkey began to carry them both!

Just then, another passerby saw them and threw his hands up in dismay, “How heartless humans can be… The poor donkey is made to carry two strong-humans!”

Instantly, the father and the son, both, got off the donkey, lifted him up… and carrying him all the way home!”


PRESENT:

One day, a father and his son go to the market place to sell some goods. Their donkey has carried the goods for them. By noon, they have sold off all the goods and they are on their way home…

As goods are not there, the son is sitting on the donkey. A passerby sees this and exclaims: ““How bad… The young man is enjoying the ride and the poor old-father is made to walk in the hot sun!”

On hearing this, the son comes down and the father goes up!

They have barely moved some distance… when another passerby sees them and cries, “What a pity… The strong man is having his joyride while the poor little-son is made to drag his feet in the scorching heat!”

Immediately, the father pulls his son up on the donkey and the donkey begins to carry them both!

Just then, another passerby sees them and throws his hands up in dismay, “How heartless humans can be… The poor donkey is made to carry two strong humans!”

Instantly, the father and the son, both, get off the donkey, lift him up… and carry him all the way home!”


GERALD D’CUNHA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice story sir. Thank You

Vikas