A house away from the river

(First attempt at writing a children’s story!!)

Long, long ago there was village situated near a river. In those days, there were no water supplies, no tap water, no tube-wells and not even the wells. People depended on the water from rivers and ponds for all their needs.

The village was a small one with around 10 families in it. They used to do farming for their livelihood. The soil was very fertile near the river. Almost all the families had built their houses near the river. Their farms were also situated next to their houses. It made it easy for them to fetch water for use at home as well as in their farms.

There was only one man in the village who had decided to build his home far from the river. The soil was still fertile there, but he and his family had to do a lot of hard work for fetching the water from the river. Everyone in the village used to make fun of them for this. They thought the family members were fools to have built their house so far from the river. What was the point in traveling so much to fetch the water? But the man instructed his family not to mind these taunts.

Once there was a flood in the river. All the houses near the river got drowned. All their belongings were also lost with the flood. People somehow escaped to save their lives, but nothing else could be saved. Even after the flood was over, their fields were left unfertile due to the deposits made on them by the flood water. Only the house away from the river survived. Nothing was lost for them. Their field was also safe. All others had to restart building their houses and belongings. This family continued to live on happily.

What this man had done was to look at the benefits of long term. He did not get swayed by the comforts of short term. Therefore, in the end, he and his family were happy.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

7 thoughts on “A house away from the river

  1. Good question that. I think generally ‘children’s stories’ have these two things in common: 1. they are didactic, 2. it is generally obvious what lesson is sought to be conveyed, the message is not open to interpretation. Of course, there can be stories meant only to entertain, but that cannot be a distinguishing factor between children’s literature and adult literature.

  2. No actually, I meant this is what is generally meant by ‘children’s stories’, as far as I can see. I am not saying this characterization is correct..

  3. A chilren story, is a story which a children can understand . The characters are simple enough whom it has come across,for example,farmer,mummy,daddy,uncle etc.Also,yes,it generally is easy to interprete and there is less room for debate.
    This is what it generally is . There may be few of them which doesn’t follow this definition.

  4. Hey…all… I’m Viral Trivedi … My wife has delivered a baby boy.. the letters are S,g,sh…. if people here can contribute some good unique hindu names!

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