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Short stories – Part 1

The king Lion had started to lose his speed. He was getting old. The lioness who had signed an unwritten outsourcing contract to hunt for the king was getting old too. She had started to make erroneous judgments every now and then. Limb eye co-ordination mechanism had started to show signs of failure. The ‘lioness projectile’ would launch at an incorrect angle to the ground or at a wrong speed to cause two parallel undesirable outcomes:
a. the target food would escape to live another day and
b. the lioness would get hurt by falling on her face sometimes, crashing against a tree at other times. Once, due to the inevitable effect of gravity and other physics related equations, she even ended up falling flat on a lake and her teeth hit a sharp edged rock. As dentistry is not offered to the inhabitants of a jungle, the lioness became one tooth minus forever, further denting her pride and effectiveness.

The lion family had to quickly do something. Their children had run away some years ago to another jungle – so there was nobody to look after them. The lions decided to employ a group of buffaloes to hunt for them. The deal was that the lions wouldn’t attack the buffaloes or their friends and family members but the buffaloes had to use their horny nature to serve the lions. A group of buffaloes would encircle an animal identified by the lions. The lions would move around the buffaloes forming an outer concentric circle with the prey as the centre of the circle. This hunting method continued for several months and both the lions and buffaloes were happy with this arrangement. Initially, the buffaloes found the job of using their horns to kill other animals appalling, but slowly, their abhorrence gave way to indifference. Once in a while, now, the buffaloes even enjoy the sorry helpless state of their victims.

Lessons and observations:

– The lions had gotten old and could have been overpowered right at the beginning. The buffaloes made the wrong choice then.
– If you do something you don’t like, stop doing it. Else, you will compromise and end up fooling yourself that you are indeed doing something very meaningful. That’s called the naked truth or Buff Logic in this case.
– Several years later, the animals in the jungle began to live in a concentric circle format. Lions, buffaloes, deer, mice, snakes, frogs – sub-contracting became the order of the day.

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3 thoughts on “Short stories – Part 1

  1. I sure hope you are right about this one:
    – If you do something you don’t like, stop doing it. Else, you will compromise and end up fooling yourself that you are indeed doing something very meaningful. That’s called the naked truth or Buff Logic in this case.

    I am going to take a BIG decision based on this. I am praying that everything should fall in place and I should not regret later.
    Fooling yourself and compromising is one.
    Being idealistic and regretting the decision is another.
    Any ideas on how to remove the regret part ?

    Ranga: I am also trying to figure out the regret removal part 😉 The ideal and difficult path is to stand up for yourself and do what is right. As a friend said, “for every masochist, there is a sadist!”

  2. You even went on to create a diagram for this story..?!!! Gr88 gng 😀
    N good lessons learnt thro the post 🙂

    Ranga: Ha ha … yes I did. The stage II part is too complex for my drawing skills, but shall surely try to release that soon 😉

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