Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How the Sulky Town became happy.....

In a far far away land, there was a place called Sulky Town. It is a strange name for a place but so was it called. And do you know why it got this name? Well, because the people living there did not know how to laugh. They were always frowning and pouting and sulking and brooding.

It was only those few little children in the town who knew how to smile. But they were tired of the big folks. They would often wonder what was with these sullen faces. No matter what they did, big people would never smile.

One day, the children decided to call a fairy for help. They had overheard their elders talking about a fairy who was naughty and mischievous and who always created menace wherever she went. She had a strange name too. One of the town man said, " Her name is Giggle Fairy. Ever heard of such a name? I wonder what it means!" All the other elders agreed with this town man. Since nobody in the town had ever laughed, the meaning of giggle remained a mystery too!

"I heard that the Giggle Fairy visits the park every night. And since we are always fast asleep at that time, I wonder how we will meet her and ask her for help." the children of the town thought.

Of all the happiest and chirpiest of kids, there was a pair that stood out. That pair was of two brothers Max and Martin. They were twins. They loved to smile, they loved to joke and they loved to just monkey around the town. So they came up with a plan. They would go to bed early tonight. Max was going to stay awake for the first few hours after which he would wake up Martin. Then Martin would let Max catnap and then both of them would scurry out of their house and wake up their friends. The friends decided to keep their windows open for them that night.

Things went on as they had planned and the flock of merry urchins reached the park. Giggle Fairy arrived on time. Oh what a lovely fairy she was with dimples on her cheeks and with jingles on her lips. The kids squealed at her sight. The little ones did not waste a second and narrated their tale of woe. Giggle Fairy rolled her eyes and gazed at the sky, just wondering at the discovery of such grumpy beings. She whispered something to the kids and disappeared. The kids faces brightened and they went home.

The next morning, kids were late in getting up. They had stayed awake for so long after all. So when they got up, they came out of their houses. There was a lot of hurly-burly in the air. The commotion outside was being caused by something over their heads. All the elders stared at a bunch of somethings that was floating through the sky. It was colorful, and light and it drifted smoothly in the air. The elders mused what it was. They started chasing it. It hovered over a tree here and glided past a tree there. Many tried to grab it but it slipped past their fingers. It became a hunt, a race. The fastest racer ran, the swiftest climber jumped but the thing kept flying beyond them all until it finally became entangled in a branch. 

Nobody had realized it but the whole town was there, watching, holding their breath. The boldest, strongest man of the town came forward.
" I can get it", he bragged.


Hearts beat faster, pulses throbbed quicker and with a silence that was deafening, the mighty man pulled the thing down. He touched it here, and poked it there. Swelling with pride, he gave it another thrust when.....with a bang and a boom, the thing popped flat. The burst was followed by another explosion....an explosion of laughter. The silent onlookers just cracked up. The startled robust man could not resist too. All the pride was gone. He laughed till his belly hurt. The others laughed till their eyes were wet. The children yelled 'Giggle Fairy' and the sulky town became jolly, jovial and joyful forever.


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31 comments:

  1. Back to childhood days by reading your beautiful post.

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  2. What a delightful story Sunaina! Love(d) it! :) I especially love the idea of a fairy who is mischievous and has the name 'Giggle Fairy!' ;) It reminded me of a stuffed animal I named Gigglebox (or Giggle Box 'cause every time I saw it, it would make me giggle! ;) <3

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    1. Thanks Elly.....I am so happy to have such encouraging feedback from you. Maybe I should keep penning some more stories.....would love to see your Gigglebox.....:)

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  3. Laughter laughtter everywhere, very beautiful tale telling. My mood was a little tense on it's own accord when I started the read, but really lightened my mood by the giggle fairy. How we like to be kids again. Care free, but sullen we do become in reality by peer pressures of work. Very prudent inspiring tale.

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    1. I am so happy to have set your mood on the right track. And a big thanks to you to have given this wonderful topic for all bloggers. It is a great feeling to be read, isn't it? Be like a kid and keep smiling. Thanks for visiting the blog. Do come again.

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  4. Such a sweet story Sunaina. Full of colours and giggles. It Sets the mood for he day. :-) :-)

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  5. aww... so sweet... reminded me of bachpan Sunaina :-)

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  6. Very well crafted humorous short story for children. Keep it up! :-)

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging feedback Kavya. Do spare some time to read more stories on my blog.

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  7. What a wonderful story Sunaina ..bright and happy just like the way Giggle Fairy turned the town into. It Reminded me of my childhood when fairies and gnomes ruled the roost rather than funny robots and cute cats !

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    1. So true Kokila.....I am pestered by the ninjas and the likes these days as my son adores them.....:)

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  8. This is such a sweet, delightful story. Made me grin from ear to ear. We should always giggle :D

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    1. Thanks Purba.....glad to see you here.....

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  9. Lovely! So beautiful and evocative of childhood.

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  10. ...And hope they lived 'happily' ever after? Cute little story, amazed how the kids did this job with their innocence!

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    1. Thanks Alok......yes, in my mind they lived happily ever after......:)......Kids always have the knack to do things easily while we elders Hamlet-like think and think and think......

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  11. It was fun reading your story. I they continue living "laughily" (just invented) ever after

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    1. Thanks Shamsud......'laughily'.....loved it.....:)

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  12. Hi Sunaina, I love your writing style that you've described in the easiest way!!

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    1. Thanks Seema......simplicity in writing stories for children I guess is a must.......:)

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  13. Just a great story Sunaina, we all need such creations more often than not.

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  14. Sunaina, bring more giggle fairies out. The world today needs them desperately!

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