Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY Raj learns a lesson










Raj learns a lesson

Raj is a middle aged man. Although he was born in a poor family, he was raised well by his father and mother. His father owned a welding shop, and used to work for more than 12 hours a day, so that his family could lead a comfortable life.


However, Raj’s father could not earn sufficient money to provide a decent life to his family. Raj was an average student in school, and used to score around 70 percent marks. Raj’s dream was to become a doctor. Since his marks weren’t very high, he could not get the desired course that he wanted to study. Instead, he joined a bachelor’s degree course, completed the course successfully, and got a job in a company.


While his life was going on with no dramatic change, his father continued to work in his welding shop, so that he did not have to depend on Raj. After getting a permanent job, Raj’s parents wanted him to marry. He got married to a girl from his native town, and at the same time was also promoted in his job. After a few years, his wife gave birth to beautiful twin boys.


Later, Raj began to earn a handsome salary, and started to live luxuriously. He bought a new house and a new car. Some of the luxuries were really unnecessary. Although his company provided him with a car, Raj purchased a new car! After an extravagant life that spanned almost 6 to 7 years, Raj was neither able to manage all the household expenses, nor pay for the children’s education and other basic necessities.


It so happened that Raj’s father fell sick, and as a result, could not continue his work in the welding shop. He requested Raj to give some money for his treatment and other household expenses.


Raj, who was already suffering from financial crisis, shouted at his parents and told them that he had no money to provide. He complained to his parents, “You never sent me to a big school. I was not provided with expensive clothes. You rarely fed me with my favorite food. I was not able to taste different varieties of food. When I got low marks you didn’t have enough money to provide me with private tuition, and it took me more than 10 years to get settled. Now, while I am again struggling for money, you are not doing anything to help me, but instead are a burden to me! So, please don’t come to me again.”


His parents were left shattered. After a week, while Raj was on an official tour, he met a small boy aged about 10 years selling toys. The boy requested Raj to buy something. Raj asked the boy why he was selling toys instead of studying. The boy replied, “My father met with an accident a year ago and he lost one hand. He cannot work now. My mother works as a maid in a few houses. I’m helping my parents by selling these toys. I go to school in the morning, and sell toys in the evenings. I work for 3 hours a day and study at night!”


Raj purchased a few toys from the little boy. He thought about what the boy had said. He realized that he had been wrong in the way he treated his parents. He had learnt a lesson from the small boy. At a very small age, this boy was helping his parents, but Raj, in order to meet the demands of his lavish lifestyle, had neglected his parents.


So, what can we learn from Raj and this poor, small boy? Respect is the foundation of love, and it is our duty to take care of our parents, when we get older and mature. From www.kidsworldfun.com.




What is black when clean and white when dirty?

What runs around the house but does not move?

What starts with M but ends with X and has a nver ending amount of letters?

What has a soul but does not live and a tongue but can't taste?

What flies without wings and cries without eyes?

What is white and read all over


1. The chalkboard 2. The fence 3. The mailbox 4. A shoe 5. Clouds 6. A newspaper



Did you know all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes?

Did you know your foot has 26 bones in it?

Did you know the average human brain contains around 78% water?

Did you know a 1/4 of your bones are in your feet?

Did you know your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body?

Did you know you burn more calories sleeping than watching TV?

Did you know an average person will spend 25 years asleep?




Clean Skin Is Happy Skin

One simple way to take care of your skin is to keep it clean. Keeping your hands clean is especially important because your hands can spread germs to the skin on other parts of your body.

When washing your hands, use water that's comfortably warm. Wet your hands, then lather up with a mild soap. You should lather and rub everywhere, including the palms, the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails. Rinse well, dry thoroughly with a clean towel, and you're done!

You'll also want to use water that's warm, not too hot, when you take a shower or bath. Use a gentle soap to clean your body. Don't forget under your arms and behind your ears! Your face needs attention, especially as you enter puberty and the skin on your face gets more oily. It's a good idea to wash your face once or twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser.

If you look in the drugstore, you'll see shelf after shelf of skin care products, but kids don't usually need anything more than a gentle soap. Talk to a parent or your doctor if you have questions about what to use on your skin.

If you have dry, flaky, or itchy skin, you might use a cream or ointment. When choosing a moisturizer, pick one without a lot of colors or perfumes. Petroleum jelly can work for some kids. If you are worried about pimples, look for a moisturizer that is noncomedogenic (say: non-kom-uh-doe-JEN-ik), which means it won't cause pimples.

With pimples, you might think that scrubbing your face is the way to get rid of them. But actually, your skin will be less likely to break out if you clean it gently, using your fingertips, not a rough washcloth. If you have trouble with pimples, talk with your doctor about which cleansers are best to use. From m.kidshealth .org.




1. Abuja is to Nigeria what Yaounde is to?

2. Which state in Nigeria has the slogan "centre of excellence?"


3. The official residence of the Nigerian President is?

4. What is the name of Nigeria's Senate President?

5. What is the structure of Nigeria's educational system as recommended by the national policy on education




1. Cameroon 2. Lagos 3. Aso rock 4. Dr Bukola Saraki 5. 6-3-3-4 system













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