Best English Short Stories for Kids and Adults

Hello everyone,

Today, I’ve got 4 short, interesting stories for you to learn and enjoy.

What’s more? You may ask.

Well, the background and inspiration of these stories is Malgudi.

Since my childhood, I’ve been a huge fan of “Malgudi Days”.

It was a huge show back then. I never wanted to miss it.

With my family, I would watch it. And still, I enjoy the show.

And l loved every part of it.

You can search the show here.

English Short Story: The Mysterious Mango Tree

Once upon a time in the small town of Malgudi, there was a little boy named Ravi.

Ravi was a curious boy with a twinkle in his eye and a heart full of adventures.

He lived with his parents in a cozy little house surrounded by lush greenery.

One sunny afternoon, while playing in his backyard, Ravi noticed something peculiar at the far end of his garden.

It was a mango tree unlike any he had ever seen before.

Its branches twisted and turned, creating strange shapes that seemed to dance in the breeze.

The mangoes hanging from its branches were the size of cricket balls and shone like golden orbs in the sunlight.

Intrigued by the mysterious tree, Ravi decided to investigate.

He carefully made his way through the garden, stepping over flowerbeds and dodging bushes until he reached the mango tree.

As he got closer, he noticed a small wooden sign nailed to the trunk.

It read: “The Magical Mango Tree – Make a Wish.”

Ravi couldn’t believe his eyes.

A magical mango tree in his own backyard!

Excitedly, he plucked a ripe mango from one of the branches and held it in his hand.

Closing his eyes tightly, he made a wish with all his heart – he wished for a pet parrot to keep him company.

To his amazement, as soon as he opened his eyes, he heard a fluttering of wings above him.

Perched on a nearby branch was a colorful parrot with feathers as bright as a rainbow.

It chirped happily, as if it knew exactly what Ravi had wished for.

Overjoyed, Ravi named the parrot Mango and they became the best of friends.

They spent their days exploring the wonders of Malgudi together, flying through the clear blue skies and sharing secrets under the shade of the magical mango tree.

From that day on, Ravi knew that magic could be found in the most unexpected places, even in his own backyard.

And as he watched the sun set behind the mango tree, painting the sky in shades of orange and pink, he couldn’t help but feel grateful for the wonderful adventures that lay ahead with his new feathered friend by his side.

And so, in the enchanting town of Malgudi, amidst the whispers of the wind and the rustle of leaves, Ravi and Mango lived happily ever after, their hearts full of joy and wonder.


English Short Story: The Mystery of the Missing Cat


In the bustling town of Malgudi, there lived a little girl named Meena.

Meena had a golden heart and a love for animals that knew no bounds.

She spent her days wandering the narrow streets, often accompanied by her faithful companion, a mischievous tabby cat named Chintu.

One sunny morning, Meena woke up to find Chintu missing from her room.

Panicked, she searched every nook and cranny of her house, calling out his name with tears in her eyes.

But Chintu was nowhere to be found.

Determined to find her beloved cat, Meena set out on a quest through the winding alleys of Malgudi.

She asked everyone she met if they had seen Chintu, showing them a drawing, she had made of him with colorful crayons.

But no one had seen him.

As the sun began to set, Meena’s hope started to fade.

Just when she was about to give up, she spotted a trail of paw prints leading into the dense forest at the edge of town.

Without hesitation, she followed the prints, her heart pounding with fear and excitement.

Deeper and deeper into the forest she went, until she stumbled upon a clearing bathed in moonlight.

And there, sitting majestically on a moss-covered rock, was Chintu, surrounded by a group of curious woodland creatures.

Relieved beyond words, Meena rushed to Chintu’s side and scooped him up in her arms.

The woodland creatures, grateful for Meena’s kindness and bravery, revealed that Chintu had stumbled upon their secret meeting place and had been welcomed with open arms.

With tears of joy streaming down her cheeks, Meena thanked the woodland creatures for taking care of Chintu and promised to visit them often.

As she made her way back home, Chintu purring contentedly in her arms, Meena knew that their bond was stronger than ever.

And so, in the heart of Malgudi, amidst the whispers of the trees and the songs of the birds, Meena and Chintu returned home, their hearts full of love and gratitude for the magical adventures that had brought them closer together.


English Short Story: The Friendly Elephant


In the charming town of Malgudi, nestled between rolling hills and lush forests, there lived a young boy named Raju.

Raju was known for his kind heart and adventurous spirit.

Every day, he explored the wonders of nature that surrounded his home, from the babbling brooks to the towering trees.

One sunny morning, as Raju set out on his daily adventure, he stumbled upon a magnificent sight—a gentle elephant with wise eyes and a playful demeanor.

The elephant stood by a sparkling river, splashing water with its trunk and basking in the warm sunlight.

Filled with excitement, Raju approached the elephant cautiously, extending his hand in friendship.

To his delight, the elephant responded with a joyful trumpet, wrapping its trunk around Raju’s hand in a gentle embrace.

From that moment on, Raju and the elephant became inseparable friends.

They spent their days exploring the wonders of Malgudi together, from the sprawling meadows to the hidden caves.

Raju would ride on the elephant’s back, feeling the wind in his hair and the sun on his face as they journeyed through the countryside.

One day, while exploring a dense forest, Raju and the elephant stumbled upon a group of villagers in distress.

A mighty tree had fallen across the path, blocking their way home.

With no way to bypass the obstacle, the villagers were stranded.

Without hesitation, Raju and the elephant sprang into action.

Working together, they pushed and pulled the fallen tree until it was cleared from the path, allowing the villagers to return home safely.

The villagers cheered with gratitude, thanking Raju and the elephant for their bravery and kindness.

As the sun began to set behind the hills, casting a golden glow over the town of Malgudi, Raju and the elephant returned home, their hearts full of joy and friendship.

And from that day on, they knew that no obstacle was too great when faced with courage and kindness.

And so, in the heart of Malgudi, amidst the laughter of children and the whispers of the wind, Raju and the elephant lived happily ever after, their friendship standing as a testament to the power of love and compassion.


English Short Story: The Magic Paintbrush


In the quaint town of Malgudi, there lived a young girl named Maya who possessed a remarkable talent for painting.

With her vivid imagination and steady hand, Maya could bring to life the beauty of nature on her canvas.

One day, while exploring the attic of her old house, Maya stumbled upon a dusty old paintbrush tucked away in a forgotten corner.

Intrigued, she picked it up and wiped away the layers of dust, revealing its gleaming bristles and ornate handle.

As Maya held the paintbrush in her hand, she felt a strange tingling sensation coursing through her veins.

With a sense of excitement, she dipped the brush into a pot of vibrant blue paint and began to paint a simple landscape—a sprawling meadow with colorful flowers dancing in the breeze.

To her amazement, as Maya painted, the scene before her began to come alive.

The flowers swayed gently in the wind, and the grass rustled as if touched by an invisible hand.

It was as if the magic of her imagination had spilled from the canvas and into the world around her.

Eager to explore the possibilities of her newfound gift, Maya set out into the town of Malgudi, using her magic paintbrush to bring joy and wonder to everyone she met.

She painted beautiful murals on the walls of the houses, transforming dull streets into vibrant works of art.

But Maya’s adventures with the magic paintbrush were not without challenges.

As news about her amazing talent spread, jealousy popped up, and before she knew it, Maya was up against a really tough opponent – an evil sorcerer who wanted her magical brush for his own bad plans.

Determined to protect her gift, Maya bravely confronted the sorcerer, using her magic paintbrush to create a dazzling array of illusions that confounded and bewitched him.

With a mighty stroke of her brush, she banished the sorcerer from Malgudi forever, ensuring that her town would remain safe from harm.

As Maya stood triumphantly amidst the cheers of the townspeople, she knew that her adventures with the magic paintbrush had only just begun.

With its power at her fingertips, she vowed to continue spreading joy and beauty wherever she went, using her gift to inspire others and make the world a more colorful place.

And so, in the enchanting town of Malgudi, amidst the whispers of the wind and the laughter of children, Maya wielded her magic paintbrush with skill and courage, her heart full of dreams and her spirit ablaze with creativity.

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