ONCE, on the bank of a river, a monkey made a home for himself in a tree laden with fruit. He lived in it happily eating to his heart’s content the fruit of his choice.
The monkey was happy but lonely and wanted a companion to talk to and share the fruits with. But there was no one around, not even another monkey, till one day a crocodile appeared on the riverside.
“Hello, there,” said the monkey. “Do you live in this river? Would you like to eat some fruit?”
Some time ago, there lived a monkey near the bank of a beautiful river. It constructed its own home on the tree which is loaded with many fruits. The monkey was leading a peaceful life over there, eating the fruits produced by the tree. It ate the fruits with satisfaction and on its choice.
Though life seemed to be smooth and satisfactory, the monkey felt something to be missing. It was nothing, but it felt alone in the tree without a companion.
The isolated monkey
The monkey wanted someone to talk and share its food. Unfortunately, there was none around, not even a single monkey on the riverside. A day came when a crocodile appeared near the river bank. The monkey was pleased to see a living being near its place. It decided to talk to the crocodile. It greeted the crocodile saying 'hello' and slowly started with the conversation. After all, the monkey was waiting for such a situation all these days. The monkey again inquired the crocodile as, “Do you live in this river? Would you like to eat some fruit?”.
Meaning of difficult words:
Bank of a river
Slope or land near the edge of the river or lake
Heavily loaded with something
Being satisfied and happy
A friend or a partner
Being alone and not with others
To be seen suddenly
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). The Monkey and the Crocodile (pp. 20-24). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.