THE RETURN GIFT
that evening Ramu was ambling down the street next to his house.
Suddenly he saw a group of people in white clothes, they were carrying
a body. He asked a passer by what's all the fuss about. He told
him someone had died. He had seen such a thing for the first time
in his life. A current of fear ran through his whole body .He was
aghast and he trembled with fear .His eyes were frozen and he was
He ran towards his
house and hugged his mother tightly and narrated the whole incident
to her and asked her what death was to which she replied in plain
words that it was a natural phenomenon and every creature who comes
on this earth has to die. He said then what's the use of life
if we have to die. She asked him not to to worry so much and
asked him to go to sleep.
The mystery was
not leaving him and even followed him in his dreams where he
had a meeting with God, obviously the only question he asked Why
do you give us life if you have to take it back?
God said my dear son
what happens when you go to a birthday party. He said that I give
a gift to my friend along with good wishes and blessings, we enjoy
a lot and at the end he gives a return gift and we accept it with
God smiled and
replied "Same is the case here my son, life is a gift which
I give to you on your birth along with my blessings and death is
the return gift which I take back from you so instead of worrying
about the return gift enjoy and utilize the gift which I have bestowed
upon you and be ready to give me the return gift with a thanks.
Ramu felt relaxed
and rejuvenated with energy because he had understood the mystery
of life and death and from that day onwards he pledged not to waste
even a single moment of his precious life.
Contributing Story Teller