Podna And Podni: A Story From Pakistan Story Detail
Once upon a time, two birds, Podna and Podni, lived happily in the forest. Their lives are disrupted the day the Raja passes their nest and hears Podni's beautiful singing. The Raja insists that she be kept at his palace so that he can always enjoy her songs. While Podna is away gathering food, Podni is captured and whisked away to the palace. After helping a nearby kitten in need, Podna returns to the nest to discover what has happened to his beloved Podni. Saddened, he is comforted by the tree that holds their nest. The tree offers help by providing Podna with a potion hidden deep in the tree's trunk. Developed by a wise old man, the potion grants magical powers to whoever drinks it. Podna consumes the potion and uses his powers to bring along some unlikely allies on his quest to rescue Podni - a cat, an ant and a stream. Meanwhile, at the palace, Podni is too sad to sing for the Raja. Locked up in a cage, she tells him that she can only sing for her friends. When Podna arrives at the palace, he asks the Raja to free Podni. The Raja rejects this plea and places Podna in a series of dire predicaments that, with the help of his allies, he is able to overcome. Suspicious of Podna's powers, the Raja decides to monitor Podna in a locked cage near his bed. During the night, Podna calls upon the stream to help him. Water fills the room so high that the Raja can barely keep his head up above the surface. Right before the water gets too high, the Raja promises to free Podni. Podna calls back the stream and a relieved Raja releases Podni and asks for her forgiveness. Podna and Podni live happily ever after.
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