Childhood. Those were the days of innocence when we used to hear tales from our parents/grandparents and feed our brains with some crazy imaginations. It was not just our best doze of fun but we even used to comprehend life’s significant lessons through the moral message concealed in each tale. Frequenting every Odia household, these stories helped us wake up and lulled us to doze off. We are sure that some of these stories are still tucked deep in the heart of every person who has been raised in an Odia family.
Pause for a while and reflect on the beauty of these 6 Odia stories which belonged to our most precious times!
1) MICHUA RADHUA: The man who roared tiger
Radhua, the cowboy loved fooling & pranking his fellow villagers in the name of a ferocious tiger. These lies gave him a pastime to mock on the villagers. But who knew one day his true screams would reach no ears & a real tiger would make a fool out of him & kill him eventually! As a child, it was Radhua who made us realise that some liars are so expert that they deceive themselves in the end. Hence no lies, no cries.
2) LOBHI KUKURA: Synonym to greedy is this dog
This tale of a desirous dog was the best take on greediness which our story-tellers spooned us with. Mouthed with a juicy bone, the dog’s own reflection in the water was enough to entice him. Such was his fancy that he happened to lose his piece of bone the very moment he barked. Greed, in the end, fails even the greedy. Somehow we learned that right!
3) CHATURA TOPIWALA: He got an IQ higher than the monkeys
This cap-vendor was clever enough to trick even the mischievous monkeys. The way he playfully earned back his caps make us revere him even to this day. His cunningness to drop his own cap and letting the monkeys imitate the same always made us monkey-clap. And what the vendor taught was that the trick to playing smart is knowing when to play dumb!
4) BAULA GAI: This cow got the guts to impress the tiger
The golden rules to stay truthful & loyal have always been preached by our elders. And this story of a faithful cow posed the best example to kid us in an honest way. The tiger was so awed on seeing the cow’s committed return after feeding her calf that he decided not to gulp her down. For all her devotion, she was let free with honour.
5) TUAN TUIN: This couple had the audacity to scare the tiger
Never can we forget this couple’s story that deceived a tiger over a Chakuli Pitha. Failing to keep their promise of offering Chakuli Pitha to the tiger, Tuan was pretty smart to cook a Pitha out of white pebbles. How hilarious it was to find that eventually Tuan’s loud fart sound saved the couple from the tigers’ rage. Fear not the biggest, but the brightest. Credits to Tuan-Tuin for this enlightenment!
6) NILA BARNA SRUGALA: The blue jackal’s swindle
Almost everyone remembers the jackal that painted himself blue and boasted to be the Jungle King. Surprised at the jackal’s strange appearance, some of the animals had already guessed some foul play. It didn’t take them long to expose the identity of the jackal who was once caught howling with a herd of jackals. Do not pretend to be what you are, is something we mastered from this jackal!
So which story has been most dear to you? Is there any other tale which you can still memorize? Do let us know in the comment box below. Till then, we’ll really wonder if someone could keep telling us these stories, all over again!