An English fairy tale retold
You all know the story of the three little pigs and the houses they built, don’t you? Eight-year-old Priya also read the story one evening. It is important for you to know that Priya’s mother was journalist who worked from home and the news channels would be running on television the entire day.
Do you know what happened when Priya read the story of the three little pigs at bedtime? The same story came in her dream but in a news format with herself as the reporter! Read on.
Priya: “Good evening, I am Priya reporting on the Big News of the day.
There is an air of happiness in Pandipuram as the clever pigs have got rid of the Big Bad Wolf. How did this sensational event take place, let us ask some of the residents of the town? Eyewitnesses say that trouble began when B B Wolf came to the straw house of the littlest pig. Let us ask one eyewitness. Can you tell us what you saw?”
Eyewitness: “BB Wolf had a wicked look on his face as he knocked the door. When the little pig refused he huffed and puffed and blew the straw house down. This sent the first pig scampering away. This little pig was very playful and had built a very flimsy house.”
Priya: “Thank you ma’am. Now let us go to the second scene of crime. I can see sticks lying around here. It looks like BB Wolf has destroyed this house also. Now this little pig was not lazy. But the house was not strong enough. I think we need to get back to the studio right away as we have live footage for you.”
Back in the studio
Anchor: “We have with us the third and the most successful one of them all who trapped the wolf. Welcome to the studio of Big News Mr. Clever One. Tell us how you managed to trap the ferocious, horrible, no good B B Wolf?”
Clever One: “When the wolf knocked at my door, I shouted back I wouldn’t let you in, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin!
I worked hard to build my house. I made it with bricks and cement so that no amount of wind or rain could shake it. I had a net waiting for B B Wolf when he came down the chimney and we simply tied him up and called the cops.”
Anchor: “That was a really brave act. On the other side of the break we have an analyst to tell us about the important lessons such incidents teach us, so don’t go away!”
“Welcome back, we now have the Mother of the three little pigs to give us the moral of the story.”
“I feel the youngest pig got into trouble because he was careless and more interested in playing rather than building a strong house. The middle one was not lazy but his judgment was weak. The oldest one was the wisest as he planned with foresight. He is a hard worker and very focused. He was able to save his own life and protect the other two also. You cannot take shortcuts to success and I am sure the two little pigs have learnt how not be casual about things.”
Anchor: “Thank you Mother Pig, that’s all we have for you in this special edition on Big News, viewers. Goodnight.”
An English fairy tale retold by Sujata C
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