Once upon a time, two babies were born in two families of a city. When the first child was born, the weather was crumby and it was raining. That is why they named him Badman. The second one was born when the rain stopped and the weather became sunny. So they named him Goodman. They both grew up in one community.
One day, Badman lied to Goodman saying, "I will take you to the park," and took him to a desert.
Then, Goodman curiously asked, "Why did you bring me here?"
"Why does everyone praise you calling Goodman? I took you here to kill you," said Badman.
"My dear friend, please don't kill me. Just grasp both of my eyes instead, " Goodman said.
Badman grasped both Goodman's eyes and returned to the city alone. Goodman was left in the desert: without his eyes and food. At last, he stood up and weakly started walking. He stumbled onto some stairs and tardily went down. There was a big plane tree and a basin full of water near it. Goodman lay down near the tree thinking, "Maybe someone who comes to get water will help me."
People who came to get water gave bread and tea to Goodman. Days kept on passing like this. One day, when he was sleeping under the plane tree, four parrots flew to the tree and started talking. Goodman quietly listened to their talk.
The first parrot said, "Do you know what kind of things are happening in the world. One man is living without eyes. If he climbs this tree up and rubs the highest leaf to his eyes, he will be able to see again."
The second parrot said, "In the other side, a mouse is taking one elderly woman's money. If someone hits the mouse with a pebble, it will run away and the money can be taken back."
The third parrot said, "In a village of this country, brothers are quarreling about the will of their dead father. If someone buys their house and digs under a poplar, a jar of golden coins can be found."
The fourth parrot said, "The King's daughter, the princess, is sick an no one can cure her. He will marry his daughter to whoever heals her. The black cat in their kingdom loves the princess. He is an evil hiding behind a cat's silhouette. If someone kills the black cat and rubs his blood to the princess, she will be mended."
After the parrots flew away, Goodman started doing the things he heard. He climbed up the plane tree, rubbed the highest leaf to his right eye, then his left eye and could see again. He found the mouse, hit him with a pebble and got all the money. He bought the house of quarreling brothers. He dug under the poplar and found the jar of golden coins. He became rich and happily went to the bazaar. While he was shopping, he heard the advertisers saying that the princess still needed a doctor, so Goodman went to the kingdom saying that he was a doctor. When he came into the kingdom, the king said, "If you cure my daughter, I will let her marry you, but if you don't, your head will be cut off. 39 doctors have been killed, you will be the 40th."
Goodman neared the princess and ordered servants to bring the kingdom's black cat. He killed the cat and rubbed its blood on the princess. She was cured at last. The king was happy and the princess got married to Goodman.
One day, Goodman told the king that he missed his parents. The king provided him with lots of money and a few servants to go with him. Goodman's parents welcomed him delightedly. His friends came to see him. The news of Goodman's return reached Badman. "Now he will kill me," Badman thought and didn't even go to see Goodman. However, Goodman went to see Badman himself and said, "I became so rich because of you. You, not knowing it yourself, helped me a lot."
After this, Badman started begging Goodman to grasp his eyes and to leave him in the desert. Goodman replied, "No, I can't do that. I can't grasp your eyes."
Badman kept on asking and begging. Then, Goodman grasped his eyes and left him near the basin.
One day, the same parrots flew back and one of them said, "I think that someone has been listening to our talks. The man without eyes is able to see again. The woman's money has been taken from mice. The house has been sold and the princess has been cured. Come on friends, let's fly down and see whom the secret agent is!"
The parrots flew down and saw Badman laying under the tree, and ate him. Goodman, along with the princess lived happily ever after.
Meet Hilola Kayumova
I was recently challenged to write a 400-word essay of how I spent my weekend. Here it is.
My weekends, for the most part, are rather uneventful. However, owing to a blood-chilling encounter with a gang of chickens, this weekend was different.
It all began on Saturday. I stayed in bed all day, reading books and watching movies, as I usually do every Saturday. Come Sunday morning, I was feeling rather bored and tired of doing nothing and so I decided to join my uncle and his family on his trip upcountry to visit my grandparents. My uncle was pleasantly surprised that I had decided to join them. He gladly picked me up on the way and there we all were: my uncle, my auntie, two cousins and I; in a black RAV4, headed to my grandparents’ in Nginda village. We clearly hadn’t thought about the ramifications of travelling in a black vehicle under the scorching sun. By the time we got to the village, we were soaking in sweat. Now this may sound like an exaggeration but I kid you not. I didn’t even know I could sweat that much.
We were warmly received by my grandparents. Because we had arrived earlier than expected, lunch wasn’t ready yet and we decided to help out in the making of the meal. My grandmother assigned to me the task of sorting the rice so I took a winnowing basket and some rice and headed outside. I settled myself under a tree and started winnowing. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I was attacked by a gang of chickens. There were about five or six of them, flying at me from all directions. In a moment of panic, I flung the winnowing basket away from me and ran full speed towards the house while screaming at the top of lungs. I expected that the chickens would leave me alone and go for the rice instead but apparently, it was me they were after. They followed me as I ran and pecked at my feet, which made me even more terrified. A few moments later, I was safely locked in the house. I can’t say the same about the chickens; one of them got its head stuck in the door while I was closing it. Not only had I killed my grandmother’s prized layer chicken but also I had ruined lunch by throwing away the rice. Furthermore, I am now the laughing stock of my family and the entire village.
A lot of people have asked me who I look up to. Well, I look up to many people. However, in this post, I will only highlight one, and that one is Amandla Stenberg. From her activism against gender bias, racism and LGBTQY bias to her acting career in which she takes on projects with impact, she is a force to reckon with. And by the way, she is just 18 years old.
As an actress, Amandla is best known for her role in Hunger Games as Rue. She also appeared in Columbiana as young Cataleya, in Sleepy Hollow as Macey Irving, in Mr. Robinson as Halle Foster and in Beyonce's Lemonade as herself. What I like most about Amandla is that she shows great diligence in her work, which is uncommon, especially in the entertainment industry where all most people care about is fame and ratings. I love that she understands and acknowledges the importance of intersectionality in advocacy and that she openly and deeply talks about issues like race, gender identity and intersectional feminism and uses her platform to raise awareness of these issues. For instance, in the video 'Don't Cash Crop on my Cornrows', she eloquently speaks about black culture and cultural appropriation. She is also a comic book writer, and in her February 2016 Teen Vogue interview, she said of her comic book, Niobe: Is She Life?, "Growing up, I was always super into fantasy and the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and all of that, but I could never find black characters whom I really liked. And so immediately I identified with Niobe, the lead character. She's this rad black girl elf. It's interesting because it is fantasy, but it's also really kind of self-reflective. She's finding her faith and her identity. And she's going to keep growing until she becomes this warrior destined to unite the human world and the elf world. I think it's officially the first comic book to be written by a black girl, starring a black girl (Niobe Ayutami), and illustrated by a black girl (Ashley A. Woods)." She also identifies a non-binary, and prefers the pronouns they/them or she/her, and as pansexual. In her April 2016 Elle Magazine interview, when asked if she's ever reluctant to talk about these issues, Amandla said, "I don't feel afraid to talk about racism or to talk about sexism or the gender binary, because I feel like it's important and necessary and that importance outweighs any potential backlash I could receive."
Amandla a great example of a person being themselves in a world that constantly shames people for it. She also challenges injustice and promotes diversity, making her a living, breathing social justice warrior. Looking at all her work, it's not hard to see why Amandla is hailed as a leader, a visionary and a game-changer.