2 How a sparrow came to grief


A couple of sparrows lived on the branches of a huge tree deep in a jungle. They had worked very hard in building their nest. It was a comfortable home that protected them in all weathers.

it was winter time. One day as they were enjoying the comforts of their nest, it started raining suddenly. Very soon a monkey came to take shelter under the very same tree. The monkey was all drenched in the rain and shivering with cold. His teeth were chattering due to cold.

When the female sparrow saw this she felt pity on him. She said to the monkey, “Dear Monkey, you have hands and feet similar to humans. You can use them in so many ways. Why don’t you make yourself a nice home?”

The monkey was already in much discomfort and suffering from the rain and the cold.  He was in no mood to hear advice. He replied, “You naughty sparrow! Why can’t you keep your mouth shut?”

But the female sparrow continued to give advice. She explained how she was able to enjoy the comforts of her home and how she did not suffer from either heat, cold or rain. This made the monkey even more angry.

The monkey thought, “What a wicked bird! She talks as if she has mastered all sciences and philosophies. Why can’t she stop chirping. She is making me so angry that I feel like killing her. I do not wish to hear any advice. I am already suffering so much in this wet and cold weather”

As the bird continued to chirp and offer advice to the monkey, he quickly up the tree and tore her nest to pieces.

Moral: Give your advice only to those who deserve it, else you will come to grief.

Chattering – (here) moving continuously due to cold, rattling

Pity- sympathy, concern

Chirping – the high shrieking voice that some birds make, especially a sparrow

Cease – stop

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