How was
the life of the birds before the storm?

Ans: – In a forest there lived a bird and her two new-born babies. They were in
utmost happiness. They had a nest in a tall shady tree and there the mother
bird took care of her little ones day and night.

happened to the birds in the storm?

– The happy family of the bird was destroyed by a storm. One day the big storm,
thunder, lightning and rain and the wind blew down many trees along with the
tall tree in which the birds lived. During the storm a heavy branch hit the
nest and killed the mother bird. The baby birds were fortunate. The strong wind
blew them away to the other side of the forest.

did the two baby birds fall in the heavy storm?
– Due to heavy storm the baby birds were blown away in the other side of the forest.
One of the birds came down near a cave where a gang of robbers lived. The other
bird landed outside a rishi’s ashram a little distance away.

How did
the King get lost in the forest?

Ans: – Once, the King of the country came to the forest to hunt. He saw a deer
and rode after it. It ran deep into the forest. The king also chased and lost
his way. He was then unable to understand where he was.

How did
the king reach the cave?

Ans: – Having lost his way in the forest, the king continued to ride on for a
long time till he came to the other side of the forest. He was very tired by then.
He got off the horse and sat down under a tree that stood near a cave.

What did the bird near the cave say seeing
the king?

Ans: – When the king got off the horse and sat down under a tree which stood
near a cave, suddenly he heard a voice cry out, “Quick! Hurry up! There is
someone under the tree. Come and take his jewels and his horse. Hurry, or else
he will slip away.”

How did
the king react to what the bird uttered?

Ans: – When the King heard the bird utter those words, he was amazed. But he did
not know the speaker. He looked up and saw a big, brown bird on the tree under
which he was sitting. He also heard faint noises issuing the cave. He quickly
got on to his horse and rode away as fast as he could.

did the bird near the rishi’s ashram say to the king?

Ans: – When the king reached rishi’s ashram, tied his horse and sat down under
the shade of a tree, he heard a gentle voice announce, “Welcome to the ashram, Sir.
Please go inside and rest. The rishi will come back soon. There is some cold
water in the pot. Please make yourself comfortable.” On searching, the King
found a big brown bird in the tree.

down in your words the conversation between the bird in the rishi’s ashram and
the king.

– When the bird in the rishi’s ashram greeted and welcomed the king heartily,
the king looked up and found a big bird in the tree. The king was amazed and
said that the bird looked like the other bird outside the cave. At this the
bird replied, “You are right, sir. He is my brother but he has made friends
with robbers. He now talks as they do. He does not talk to anyone more.”

did the rishi say on seeing the king?
On seeing the king the rishi said, “Welcome Sir, Please cone inside and make
yourself at home. You look tired. Rest for a while. Then you can share my

did the king say the rishi about the birds and what did the rishi reply?
The king had experienced the two birds with two different types of behaviour.
He told the rishi the story of the two birds and how each had behaved so
differently though they looked alike. The rishi replies, “The forest is full of
How did
the rishi explain the two birds and their behaviour?
The rishi aptly explained the behaviour of the two birds. He said, “After all,
one is known by the company one keeps. That bird has always heard the talk of
the robbers. He imitates them and talks about robbing people. This one has
repeated what he has always heard. He welcomes people to the ashram”.
What do
you learn from the story?
This story is a didactic one in true sense. The story shows how our company
affects us our mind set and behaviour. As the bird near the cave lived with the
robbers, so it acquired the behaviour of the robbers. And the bird which lived
near the rishi’s ashram acquired pleasant and gentle behaviour like the rishi.
So we must be conscious while choosing our company. We must avoid bad company
and choose the good one to be good.