Do you want a “makeover”…?

Are you heading to a beauty parlour/salon for a “makeover”…?

Read this story…


(A Fable By Vikram Karve)

Once there lived a Goat.

Yes – this story is about a“Goat”.

He was an ordinary looking Goat – who lived wild and free in the mountains.

One day while grazing in the forest – the goat saw a Giraffe– and – the goat said to himself:

“I wish my neck was as long as the giraffe…”

Lo and Behold…!!!

The goat’s neck suddenly became as long as the giraffe’s.

Delighted that his wish had come true – and – that he could now see far and wide – the goat saw an Eagle flying high in the sky.

“I wish I had wings like that eagle…” wished the goat.

And instantaneously – wings appeared on the goat’s body.

Thrilled – the goat flapped its newly acquired wings – when – the goat suddenly he spotted a Tortoise.

The goat admired the beautiful hard shell of the tortoise – the goat said to himself:

“I wish I had a strong hard invincible body like the shell of the tortoise…”

Instantly – his wish was granted – the goat’s back turned into the shell of a tortoise.

The goat felt ecstatic and impregnable – till he suddenly saw a sleek Cheetah speeding across the horizon running at high speed.

“I wish I had legs like the Cheetah…” the goat wished.

And – miracle of miracles – the goat’s legs immediately became like the Cheetah.

Now the goat was truly overjoyed – and – he was on cloud nine – till he saw the enchanting sight of a beautiful Peacock.

The Peacock – with his majestic feathers – was dancing magnificently.

“I wish I had gorgeous feathers like the Peacock…” the goat wished.

And – in a jiffy – the goat’s wish was granted – and –the goat now had dazzling copious plume of colourful feathers like the Peacock.

Adorned with the Neck of a Giraffe – Wings of an Eagle – Shell of a Tortoise – Legs of a Cheetah – and – Feathers of a Peacock – the Goat felt jubilant, supreme, regal and magnificent.

The goat felt on top of the world – and – the goat strutted around grandiosely in majestic pride.

A Hunter was passing by – and he suddenly saw this unique stunning creature.

The Hunter looked at the marvelous creature.

He could not believe his eyes.

The Hunter stared in fascination and gawked enthralled at the sight before him.

Was this an animal – or – was this a bird – or – was this a reptile…?

What a fantastic creature…!!!

The Hunter was totally mesmerized at this bizarre, exotic and fascinating creature – which he had never seen before.

After looking spellbound at the fantastic “Goat” for some time – the Hunter recovered his wits – and – he decided to capture this exotic priceless gem.

So the Hunter cast his net – and – the Hunter caught the exotic “Goat”.

Then – the Hunter sold the exotic “Goat” – an amazing “never-seen-before” unique “one-of-its-kind” exclusive creature – at an astronomical price – to the Zoo.

Large crowds gathered at the Zoo – and – everyone gaped in awe at this astonishingly exotic creature – fascinated by the awesome sight.

The exotic “Goat” spent the rest of his life in captivity locked up in a cage – weeping and crying.

The exotic “Goat” was filled with agony when he saw some ordinary looking goats wandering freely and eating grass outside the cage.

He looked wistfully at the ordinary goats – his erstwhile fellow brethren.

These ordinary looking goats were wandering about freely and unnoticed in the zoo gardens – while the exotic beautiful goat was locked up in a cage.

The exotic “Goat” wished he too were free to roam around like the ordinary goats.

The exotic “Goat” wondered why the ordinary goats did not recognize him.

Depressed at having lost his freedom – the exotic “Goat” spent the rest of his life in captivity filled with sadness and remorse.

Yes – the carefree goat – thanks to his desire to be someone else – he had become so “exotic” – that he lost his precious freedom – and – the goat had to live the rest of his life in captivity.


To sum up – the moral of the story is:

Be Yourself.

Yes – Be Your Natural Self.

Be Comfortable with Yourself.

Be Happy as you are.

Do not try to be someone else.

Dear Reader:

Do you agree…?

Do comment and let us know your views.

PS: Do remember this story whenever you think of having a “makeover”


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  1. These are my personal views.Please do your own due diligence while selecting a philosophy of life.
  2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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The Story of the Exotic Goat First Posted by me Vikram Karvein my blog at 12/20/2010 08:38:00 PM at url: and posted by me online a number of times on my various blogs including recently in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog at url:

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