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  • Night and day

    Rabbi Isadore was a wise teacher. A student asked, “How is one to know the precise time when night ends and day begins?” One student volunteered, “It is when one can distinguish…

  • The greater treasure

    There is a Sufi story told of how a poor farmer had journeyed to Delhi to beg for some financial help from the great Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. After some days…

  • “Are you God?”

    With Christmas coming, grandma was out shopping for gifts for her grandchildren.  While she was at the toy store going through her list she noticed a small homeless girl outside wistfully looking into…

  • Bad by name; bad by nature?

    During Nelson Mandela’s 19 years imprisoned on Robben Island, one particular commanding officer was the most brutal of them all: “A few days before Badenhorst’s departure, I was called to the main…

  • The three races

    In old times, fable retells the story of the young athletic boy hungry for success, for whom winning was everything and success was measured by such a result. One day, the boy…

  • Everyone can play

    At a fundraising dinner for an American school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.…

  • Jumping the queue

    A true tale of heroism that takes place not in a war zone, nor a hospital, but in Victoria station in London in 2007, during a tube strike. Our hero, a transport…

  • A happy man’s shirt

    This is an interesting Italian folktale. Once upon a time, there was a happy and wealthy kingdom. An honest and just king ruled the land. But all was not well. The Queen…

  • What do women really want?

    Young King Harshvardhan was imprisoned and sentenced to death by a neighbouring king. Instead of killing him, however, the king, moved by Harshvardhan’s youth and ideals, offered him freedom in exchange for answering a…

  • He sings for the Lord

    The name of Tansen is synonymous with Indian music. He was the state musician in the court of the mighty Moghul emperor Akbar. One day, after listening to Tansen, Akbar was so thrilled…