WhatsInIt – A Cheery-merry story

The animals of the cheery-merry jungle were perplexed. Due to lack of rain over the past few years the small ponds and water pits that provided access to water within the deep jungle dried out. They had to walk several animiles (one animile ~100 elephant strides) to get to the strong stream of the Vigory river that touched the periphery of the forest and veered away into the impregnable mountains.

The Vigory stream was strong and water gushed throughout the year, but it was also the only source of water for humans inhabiting the other side of the bank and the animals risked exposure. The jungle on this side was dense and quite harsh with thick bushes and huge ecosystem of trees near the bank, but was thinning from within. The animals of cheery-merry created colonies around the small ponds of water within the jungle and the vegetation protected them around these water spots. “If only a few streams from Vigory reached through the jungle and strengthened the whole jungle ecosystem”, they thought, but they never really had to worry or go to Vigory so far. But alas, this year they seemed to have no choice.

Some of the old and wise animals of cheery-merry got together and approached the gushing streams of Vigory seeking help. Vigory was busily flowing with rich minerals & sweet waters it carried from the mountains from where it rose and briskly replied “I don’t change my course, you need to draw me in. Can your forest allow channels into it where my streams can flow through and I will try to push them through the bed all the way in and out?”. The animals were happy, they asked Vigory if it saw any possible paths to come in. “I see two possible places, one towards the outer edge where the forest seems thinning down leaving scope for penetration from outside, this is where I can divert some of my flow and the other slightly upstream, but some animiles of the forest will be exposed”.

Whats in it

What’s in it

The animals were overjoyed. They went to the first location as suggested by Vigory and looked around. The place was at an elevation overlooking Vigory with stubborn rocks, lots of bushes and not so many trees. “My name is Stubborny, I own this piece of the place, what do you want folks?”, spoke the boulder jutting out of the land. “Part of the huge bedrock ecosystem of the place”, the animals observed, “great for Vigory to go through and create a thriving ecosystem around here”. “But why should I care?”, Stubborny replied in a resolute manner. “Yeah I have some good bushes around here and I have these huge trees which look alright to me, I don’t need your vigory-gigory wetting me all up. I clearly don’t see what’s in it for me, to draw the flow inwards. Besides, you can see can’t you? I don’t wanna bend“. The animals tried to explain, that if Vigory had to go over Stubbory, it will have to rise its water level and it may drown everything around. “Can you not move a little bit and allow the stream to go under you, it will then create its own trail!”, pleaded the animals. “And lose my beautiful accumulated rock, sorry I can’t let go of this for a new flow! buzz off!”, said Stubborny and hurled a couple of rocks towards the animals to scare them off.

“That did’t go well, let’s walk upstream and look around the second option given by Vigory”, the animals took a slow trudge towards the second spot. This place was slightly more dense with forest trees and a thick forest bed. “If Stubborny wasn’t willing to let go of its rocks, why would this place be with such rich vegetation”, the animals thought. Not very convenient for Vigory to penetrate though, but then there must be a reason why this was the second spot. As the animals approached the mouth of the area, “…came here to taste some sweet water folks? isn’t it inviting?”, greeted a cheerful voice. “My name is Letgolorn and I am the guardian of this area”, the voice seemed to come from a old oak close to the water, but they quite couldn’t figure if it was the case as the whole place seemed connected. “I am spread through a big patch starting here but reaching deep into the jungle, however my other side is beginning to get weaker for lack of rain!”. The animals found a soft spot and they immediately put forth the proposal from Vigory. “Was it that simple to draw in the flow? jeez if only I asked Vigory before, you guys are just awesome”. As the animals were beginning to get delighted, “but as you can see, I don’t know how easy it would be for Vigory to cut through into a sizeable stream, I need your help to trample through me, and create the channel for the flow. It will be painful, but I wonder ‘What’s in it for me at the end!’“, exclaimed Letgolorn.

Overjoyed by the invitation, the animals trudged through Letgolorn pulling down the branches, throwing away the piled up trees and digging through Letgolorn and gently creating the right channel for the flow from Vigory to stream through. In a few months time, Letgolorn’s ecosystem grew richer and richer and became the new frontier of cheery-merry jungle. Stubborny received some help too as a side-effect of being close, but was largely thinned down for lack of any animals visiting and helping the place. This also became the last frontier for invaders (humans) finally to clear out the bushes, throw away the boulders and establish camp on the other side of Vigory, which they could never do before. The boulder overlooking Vigory that refused help to the animals was used by children as they play-site. As they colored the boulder and ran around it busily, Stubborny went into a long sad reminiscence “If only I knew not to care so much for ‘what’s in it for me‘, if only I made adjustments to let the flow in, if only I learnt to let go of few things that I have accumulated for the bounty I could have received, if only I realized that I am part of the bigger cheery-merry jungle, if only…

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24 replies

  1. Very much profound message. Excellent writing.

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  2. Just amazing writing! Reminded me of ”Hans Christian Andersen”. Please do continue such amazing posts.

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  3. Awesome writing

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  4. Very well-written! Looks like Stubborny, The Big Bad Boulder, wasn’t much into Systems Thinking… Good for LetGoLorn – he reminds me of Treebeard from Fangorn! – not being selfish does pay off in the long term! 🙂 Loved the names – cheery-merry and vigory and also the concept of ‘animiles’ 🙂

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  5. Wow ! Yet another gripping read with a profound message. We must think beyond our own interests and have a long-term view, keeping in mind the broad impact of our day-to-day actions & decisions.

    Seems like a rendition of the Ant Series 🙂
    Loved the creative and amusing names that you come up with- cherry merry, Vigory , animiles 😀

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  6. Very good narrative Phani. You can combined and publish a book.

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  7. Very well written and the simplicity with which such a beautiful and relevant message is conveyed to the readers through an innocent and yet amusing and binding story !
    Got recommended to your posts through a friend so relatively new to your page, but already getting a hang of your writings..
    Keep up the good work- Navin K.

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  8. Very well thought and written,Every animal kingdom face the same. Even though in different situations same human being act like Letgolorn or stubborny. Looking forward for the next story.

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  9. Interesting article! one animile ~100 elephant strides – that was a new learning :). This also touches a sensitive topic about water conservation and building and sustaining the already-thinning forest cover, in preference to the water needs for the humans..

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  10. Very nice Bhaiyya. Letgolorn reminds me of how you are generally.

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  11. Excellent Phani. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Wow.. Felt like reading Charles Dickens stuff.. Keep creating those amazing characters..

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  13. Excellent blog Phani…really reading all your blogs is a good experience all together

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  14. Awesome narration and a gripping story. Thanks for sharing Phani.

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  15. Cherry Merry, Vigory,Stubborny, Letgoloron… Creative and attnetion catching proper nouns. Alwyas a great message in your scripts that carry heart touching feelings. You are a Letgolorn who don’t just think ‘What’s in it for me at the end! ‘, but you put your best in turning Stubborny’s to Letgolorons through your articles. I can only thank you and further encourage your for the wisdom you share. Keep writing Phani!

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  16. First one for me, yet awesome one. Remembering of olden days Phani.

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  17. Great narration as always..you should publish a book 😊

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  18. Great narration Phani. “Whats In It” is a wake-up call for every one to understand the big picture

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  19. Great narration Phani. “Whats In It” is a wake-up call for everyone to understand the big picture


  20. The beauty of these short stories lies in the fact that everyone can relate to these characters and take home a message in one way or other with spellbinding narration and lucid wording. These can actually be developed further into mesmerizing Disney Pixar movies just like Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Zootopia, Bugs Life etc all revolving around the intricacies of human interaction with the surroundings-encroachment, impact on the flora and fauna and the displacement of animal life.

    To elaborate further- Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you react to it. There’s a Vigory, Stubborny, Letgolorn in various proportions in each and everyone of us. It’s just how we channelize them and bring the best out of us while being in perfect harmony with nature & surroundings.

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  21. Intuitive, very well explained morals, establishing connect with the reader till the end through the names used…. And finally giving a wonderful message to be selfless… And seeing the big picture…


  22. Very well written and expressed. Contemporary stories that have a clear and ringing message that each of us could relate to. Great job!

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