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Updated: May 27

Long ago in the kingdom of Shantam, King Utham decides to crown both his twins as his successors instead of picking one of them to rule. While the first brother is contented with what he has been given, the second brother craves desires that are beyond his reach and power. In order to fulfil his desire, the second brother takes up a voyage against everyone’s advice.

Read R. S. Chintalapati’s kids’ story “Immortality” to know why setting unattainable goals and seeking personal desires isn’t a wise idea. The flash fiction shows even after giving one’s best, a quest with the wrong desire leads to catastrophic conclusions.



This contribution was edited by Edlyn Dsouza, & Sreekar Ayyagari & illustrated by Nisha Yadav.



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Illustrated by Nisha Yadav

The kingdom of Shantam was perhaps the only kingdom in the world ruled by twins. Unable to decide who should be given the right to rule, King Utham, instructed his sons Chitram and Vichitram to rule together rather than dividing the kingdom. Of the brothers, Vichitram was ambitious and wanted to conquer the entire known world. However, even he knew that it wouldn’t be possible to do so in a single lifetime.

So he sought a few of his preferred scholars to find a solution. From them, he got to know that there is an island named Amrutham at the edge of the world where there is a lake filled with the elixir for immortality. One drop from this lake of milk which tasted like honey could make anyone immortal by giving them a chain. As long as they wore the chain, these mortals were meant to be immortal and invincible.

Finding the map to reach the island with the help of the same scholars, Vichitram gave his brother the complete authority to rule Shantam and prepared to set sail along with one hundred men. Even after Chitram, the former king and queen, priests, councillors and a lot of commoners pleaded with Vichitram not to travel since such a pursuit which was against the laws of nature wouldn’t be fruitful; Vichitram neglected them. His brother even pointed out the fact that two kings from the past who set sail to this island never returned. However, the more people opposed his voyage, the more Vichitram rushed towards it thinking he was getting near to his dream.

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