Thursday, March 28, 2013



Once there lived a Goat – an ordinary looking goat - who lived wild and free in the mountains.

One day while grazing in the forest, the goat saw a Giraffe, and the goat said to himself, “I wish my neck was as long as the giraffe.”

Lo and Behold!

The goat’s neck suddenly became as long as the giraffe’s.

Delighted, that he could now see far and wide, the goat saw an Eagle flying high in the sky.

“I wish I had wings like that eagle,” wished the goat.

And instantaneously, wings appeared on the goat’s body.

Thrilled, the goat flapped its newly acquired wings, when he suddenly he spotted a Tortoise.

The goat admired the beautiful hard shell of the tortoise, and said to himself, “I wish I had a strong hard invincible body like the shell of the tortoise.” 

Instantly his wish was granted – the goat’s back turned into the shell of a tortoise.

The goat felt ecstatic and impregnable, till he suddenly saw a Cheetah speeding across the horizon running at high speed.

“I wish I had legs like the Cheetah,” the goat wished.

And miracle of miracles, the goat’s legs immediately became like the Cheetah.

Now the goat was truly overjoyed, on cloud nine, till he saw the enchanting sight of a beautiful Peacock with majestic feathers dancing magnificently.

“I wish I had gorgeous feathers like the peacock,” he wished.

And in a jiffy the goat’s wish was granted, and the goat now had dazzling copious plume of colourful feathers.

Adorned with the neck of a giraffe, the wings of an eagle, the shell of a tortoise, the legs of a Cheetah and the feathers of a peacock, the Goat felt jubilant, supreme, regal, on top of the world, and strutted around grandiosely in majestic pride.

A Hunter passing by suddenly saw this unique stunning creature. 

He looked at the marvelous creature and he could not believe his eyes.

The hunter stared in fascination and gawked enthralled at the sight before him. 

Was this an animal, or was this a bird, or was this a reptile - what a fantastic creature.

The hunter was totally mesmerized at this bizarre, exotic and fascinating creature which he had never seen before.

After looking spellbound at the fantastic “Goat” for some time, the hunter recovered his wits and decided to capture this exotic priceless gem.

So the hunter cast his net, caught the “Goat” and sold this amazing “never-seen-before” and “one-of-its-kind” exclusive creature at an astronomical price to the zoo.

Large crowds gathered at the zoo, and everyone gaped in awe at this astonishingly exotic creature, fascinated by the awesome sight.

The exotic “Goat” spent the rest of its life in captivity locked up in a cage, weeping and crying.

He was filled with agony when he saw some ordinary looking goats wandering freely and eating grass outside the cage.

He wondered why even those ordinary goats, his erstwhile fellow brethren, who were wandering about freely and unnoticed in the zoo gardens, did not recognize him.


Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013
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What a delightful story!
It is a pleasure to visit this haven, Vikram ji!

Shaivi said...

Wat a lovely way of passing on a simple message. Well said...true contentment & happiness lies in being urself...

Deepa from FictionPies said...

Nice one! And good moral. You've got some nice little stories in here - ever thought of putting them together for a children's short story collection?

ekta khetan said...

That's a great story and message well communicated. the goat shouldn't have stopped wishing and wished for a rat's tooth and set herself free...tee hee

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Priyanka - Thanks for your nice words. When I look around and see everyone obsessed with creating "good" first impressions and Image Management, I think this story is still very much relevant.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Ekta
That's real creative thinking with a message - a "comedown" to a rat would have saved the exotic goat.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Deepa - Thanks for the great idea. Yes, maybe a compilation of stories for children may be in order.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

Thanks Shaivi - Yes, it is best to be yourself

juli julia said...

A story that should be read by evryone!! very good message!