| Yanny was terribly overweight, so his doctor placed him on a strict diet. |
"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you (1) you'll have lost at least five kilograms," his doctor assured him.
When Yanny returned, he shocked his doctor by having lost almost ten kilograms.
"Why, that's amazing (2)" the doctor said, greatly impressed, "You certainly must have followed my instructions."
Yanny nodded, "I'll tell you what though, I thought I was going to drop dead on the third day."
"Why, from hunger (3) asked his doctor.
"No, from all that skipping."
| A man and his son were once going with their donkey to the market. As they were walking along by its side, a countryman passed them and said, "You fools!" What is a donkey for but to ride upon?|
So, the man put his son on the donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of who said, "See that lazy youngster; he lets his father walk while he rides."
The father ordered his son to get off, and got on himself. But they had not gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little soon trudge along."
Well, the man did not know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time, they had reached the market, and the passer-bys began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said, "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey with you and your hulking son?"
The man and boy got off and tried to think of what to do. They thought and thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey's feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the donkey, getting one of its feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle, the donkey fell over the bridge and with his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.
"That will teach you a lesson," said an old man, who had followed them. "Please all and you will please none."
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| Taufik, Taufu and Taukee were siblings and they were the cheekiest set of triplets around town. There were identical in look and mannerism. They dressed in similar outfits and it was hard to tell them apart. They invoked a sense of excitement but caused confusion wherever they went. Just so, because they were always up to tricks. Even their grandparents realised that they had often been taken for a ride by their mischievous grandson. Coupled with their cheeky sense of fun and wit, it was really hard for anyone to pinpoint and catch the culprit. Thus, many a time, the brothers got away scott free.|
The 3 Ts, as their parents affectionately referred to them, were intelligent dreamers. The reason being that they seemed to have had a knack of making their dreams come true. They often built sandcastles in the air, wove wild dreams and yet, through a stroke of luck (if you may call it) found fulfilment in their dreams.
One such remarkable happening occurred when they were ten years old. They were flipping through the newspapers and wistfully wishing that they could visit their favourite soccer team in Spain. Before they knew it, their teacher announced proudly that Taufu had won the National Story Writing Contest. His prize, a week's stay for three in Madrid! What followed was recorded on film and even more so, etched forever in their hearts and minds.
The triplets had a whale of a time. Delicious pots of bamboo clams, crustaceans and the famous paella or rice dish were more than finger-licking good. Whirlwind tours and visits to museums, ruins and other touristy sites were fabulous. But the highlight was a game at the stadium, hosted by their Spanish soccer starts, Riotous roars accompanied the many goals scored. Never before did the 3 Ts cry and laugh at the same time. Oh, what the realisation of a dream could do to bring such immense joy to three young boys!
Edited from Diana's Dainty Delectables
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