Updated: Sep 13

A kid sees something extraordinary in the middle of the night & wakes up her father to show him what she found.

“Innocence” by C. S. Manohar shows that children are so pure that their perception of value though innocent, is refreshingly beautiful.

Illustrated by Renius Mercy

One night, the fisherman’s daughter woke up in the middle of the night. As she looked from her balcony, she saw the sparkling still lake behind their house.

She ran and woke up her father.

Puzzled, he awoke, rubbing his eyes, looking at his tiny bundle of joy and stared at the clock, reading the time as half past one.

“Take your net, Appa”, she squeaked excitedly to her father.

He sheepishly smiled and conceded to her innocence. He picked the net from the corner and joined her.

Taking him to the balcony, she said, “You only go and gather fishes each dawn with your net. I’ve now realised you’re always late, Appa. Come, see what I found today.” Pointing to the reflection of the stars in the still lake, she exclaimed, “If you rather go at midnight with your net, you can catch the stars instead.”

Glancing at the many twinkling stars in the lake, the fisherman smiled & so did the little one contented about the treasure she found.

We are often told, ‘The early bird catches the worm.’ Maybe a better adage from this story is - ‘The innocent heart catches the stars.’





This contribution is reviewed by Edlyn ​D’souza, edited by Sreekar Ayyagari, proofread by Rajiv R Nair & illustrated by Renius Mercy.



This story is available in paperback & ebook.

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