Be a kid and enjoy this simple story of  “A Wise Deer and A Cowardly Tiger”  🙂 We can draw a small lesson from it too 🙂

There was a dense forest on the sides of a mountain. Many wild animals lived in the forest. Once a deer was eating leaves and grass with her two young ones. The young ones wandered happily here and there. The deer followed her fawns. The young ones entered a cave. The deer was frightened as it was a tiger’s cave. There were bones of dead animals all over the cave. Fortunately, the tiger was not inside the cave at the time.

As the deer was tried to lead her young ones out of the cave she heard a loud roar and she saw the tiger at a distance. The tiger was coming towards the cave. It was dangerous to go out of the cave now. She thought of a plan. The tiger had come closer to the cave. The deer raised her voice and shouted, “My deer young children do not weep. I shall capture a tiger for you to eat. You can have a good dinner.”

The tiger heard these words. He was disturbed. He said to himself, “Whose is that strange voice from the cave? A dangerous animal is staying inside to capture me. I shall run away to escape death.”

So saying, the tiger began to run away from there as fast as possible.

A jackal saw the running tiger. “Why are you running in great fear?” the jackal asked. The tiger said, “My friend, a powerful and fierce animal has come to stay in my cave. The young ones are crying for a tiger to eat. The mother is promising to capture a tiger for them. So, I am running away in great fear.”

The cunning jackal was now sure. The tiger was a coward. It said to the tiger. “Do not be afraid. No animal is fiercer or stronger than a tiger. Let us go together to find out.”

But the tiger said, “I do not want to take a chance. You may run away. I will be left alone to die. So, I will not come with you.”

The jackal said, “Trust me. Let us knot our tails together. That way I will not be able to leave you.”

The tiger agreed unwillingly to this proposal. The jackal tied their tails in a knot. Now they walked towards the cave together.

The deer saw the jackal and the tiger coming together. She again raised her voice and shouted towards her children standing inside the cave, “My dear children, I had requested her friend, the clever jackal, to capture a tiger for us. Now look the jackal has captured a tiger for us. He has tied the tiger’s tail to his tail. This is to prevent the tiger from escaping. You will soon have the tiger for our dinner.”

The tiger heard this and was shocked. He was sure now the jackal had cheated him. So, the tiger decided to escape from the terrible animal standing inside his cave. He started running. He forgot about the jackal. He dragged the jackal over rocks and thorns. In the mad escape the jackal was caught between two rocks. The tiger pulled with all his might. His tail got cut. The jackal was killed in this incident. The tail-less tiger ran away to another part of the forest.

The deer and her young ones left the tiger’s cave and joined their herd safely. 🙂

About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Nitin says:

    This is very written dilip. Good work.

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  2. sindhoooo says:

    Kids stories are timeless, evergreen and the moral values they spread are worth remembering for a lifetime…

    The Arts & Me

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  3. Swetha M says:

    Charming and humorous! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  4. ShethP says:

    Great story! I’ve never come across this one before. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  5. Simona says:


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  6. Kally says:

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog while looking for new reading materials. Inspiring work.


  7. Safar Fiertze says:

    I love when wit wins over weight! Super story – is it your own or are you aware of its origin? I like the idea of good advice given in the form of a story – it has more impact somehow.

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  8. Dear Dilip.. I so enjoyed this enchanting tale of the Tiger and Deer. 🙂 And your quote encapsulated the whole story.. 🙂

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  9. Nice to find you again 🙂

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  10. Alok Singhal says:

    And, i guess they had Jackal for dinner! What a cunning weave!

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  11. A sweet story with such a powerful message. Boldness does not imply not feeling fear. Though at times we tend to freeze in fear, boldness is taking action even after feeling the fear.

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  12. girish says:

    A very powerful story to dispel fear from our life which eats away our immense talents.

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  13. koli says:

    Thank you sir.

    A very powerful way to dispel fear from our life which eats lots of talents in us.

    With profound regards,

    Girish kohli

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  14. Simona says:


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  15. Rajagopal says:

    Nice fable… A modern day Aesop seems to have arrived…):)…):)

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  16. I love the story.. Love.

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  17. Indeed such a lovely parable, it is intense, it is intriguing, it is intelligent, it is thought provoking…the thought behind the story is very profound, whoever thought it and how one has put across is brilliant…we keep learning from stories and keep changing our perspective of life and living.
    So simple but so powerful, the message…

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Nihar your gracious appreciation validate my belief that wisdom could be found even in make-believe stories provided one has an open mind.
      Wish you a very Happy Diwali ✨✨💫💫

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      • Indeed, it was simple but very a profound story, as I keep reading and analyzing stories, I love to see the real factors of differentiation, this story brought out that different aspect of how we look at life and living…
        Thanks so much and you too, have a safe Diwali and lots of fun…


  18. Binky says:

    We often judge things from an insufficient amount of evidence.

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  19. An enjoyable tale with a tail-less ending. Thanks. –Curt

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  20. ssbonsor says:

    Dear Dilip, some quotes on Courage: Courage- 2 O’ Clock

    “Courage may be a virtue, where the daring act is extreme; and extreme fear no vice, when danger is extreme” – Thomas Hobbes.

    “As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the ‘two o’clock in the morning courage’, I mean, unprepared courage, that is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision” – Napoleon I: La Cases.


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  21. Hariod Brawn says:

    A thought-provoking parable Dilip, for which many thanks my friend. All best wishes, Hariod.

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  22. Ah, what a story! So true…
    I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor tiger though…
    If only we were all self-sufficient! But that’s a whole different story! 😉
    A good lesson!
    Happy November, my dear Dilip. 🙂

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    • dilip says:

      Thank you dear Marina and you too have a beautiful November. I agree with you I too felt sad as I too am a admirer of the majestic Tiger the king of the jungle.
      Cheers 😀😀

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  23. Prajakta says:

    And often, who we think are enemies are people on the same side of the line just dressed differently.

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  24. meenas17 says:

    Interesting. A good read.

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