Azhakan was a young donkey who was brought up by his aunt. She would often tell him great old stories of foolish donkeys. After each story she would tell Azhakan to grow up to be called the most foolish donkey that lived, hoping she would live to see that glorious day. Azhakan grew up and got a job. He carried laundryman Velandi’s clothes to the pond everyday and also became friends with Velandi’s goat, Kolappan. But his greatest wish – to be called a foolish donkey by his master – was never fulfilled. So, how does an elephant, the scorpion’s tail and maya help Azhakan out?
Grandpa Appunni looked like a bundle of straw. His long beard and moustache and his thick long hair were the colour of straw. And he loved jackfruit. He could sit and polish off a huge fruit and still ask for more. One day as he was eating his beloved fruit, he accidently swallowed a seed. This seed lay inside Grandpa Appunni’s tummy and starts sprouting. Soon, it starts to grow out of his ear and becomes a mammoth tree. With this, it becomes easier to engage in his second passion, swinging. What happens soon after?
Kesavan Asan had a grand moustache, black as coal, big and shiny that he spent much of his time admiring it. When it started to grow up like the tail of a scorpion, Kesavan Asan decides to adorn its tips with something to make it look even beautiful. After piles of dosas, which he had a habit of eating before doing something good, he decides to adorn lemons on the moustache tips. His moustaches come to be called lemon moustaches, brinjal moustaches, melon moustaches … Where does it end?
Long ago, animals had wings and flew in the sky while birds walked the earth without them. The Beast King wanted to be the ruler of the birds as well and asks the Bird King to pay a tribute. The Bird King refuses and this results in a big battle. After a couple of battles, they prepare for a major war. Now there was a species which was neither animal nor bird – the snake. When both the Beast King and the Bird King approach the Snake King to align with either of them, the Snake King decides upon a matter. What?
How do each of these stories turn out? Written by one of Kerala’s most prominent children’s writers, Mali, the collection of stories in this book is some of his best known works – to read, to enjoy, to laugh and to ponder upon! Late K. Venugopal who has translated the original, has kept the stories simple and funny. The collection of Mali’s stories for children are still celebrated today.