KANNAN AND HARI
Kannan and Hari were brothers who always fought with one another. Their mother was tired of their fights. Kannan was in the 5th standard and Hari was in the 3rd. One day Hari’s teacher gave the class an assignment to make the national flag in each one’s creative way….as it was the month of August and she wanted the children to celebrate Independence Day. She said she would give a prize to the best one. Hari went home all excited as his mother would help him. When he reached home he did not find his mother but only his brother. He did not speak to him and kept guessing where his mother could have gone. Just then the telephone bell rang and Hari answered the call. It was mother. She said, “Dear, Grandma is not well so I am at her place and will return only tomorrow evening. Dad will take care of you and Kannan”. Hari was shocked and started crying. He kept on weeping and Kannan could not bear to see him crying. So he asked him, “What is it?” Hari said, “I have an assignment and mother is not at home. Who will help me?” and he sobbed. Kannan felt bad for his younger brother and thought for a while and said, “Ok, now stop crying, I have a superb idea. Let us make a natural flag.” Hari was surprised!! “What!! How is it possible?” he asked. Kannan said, “We will go and pluck the saffron colour (marigold) flowers and white flowers (nandiyarvattam) that we have in our garden. For green we will use the leaves and I know a house in our colony that has blue flowers (shankupushpam)”. Hari was puzzled but he and Kannan quickly went and plucked the flowers and leaves. Kannan took out a chart paper and cut it neatly as per the ratio of the flag and they stuck the flowers accordingly. The flag looked very beautiful. When dad returned home he was amazed to see the flag but was happier when he saw both the brothers working together. He suggested that the flag should be neatly wrapped with a transparent plastic sheet and kept on the fridge. The next morning Hari went to school with the flag and at the end of the day the teacher declared that of all the flags the best one was Hari’s flower flag. Hari got a wonderful lunch box as a gift. He went home and hugged Kannan. They had become the best loving brothers and mom was surprised to see the change in their behaviour. The national flag had united them. To celebrate, all four of them decided to have a family outing in the evening.