Once upon a time there lived six friends in
Australia. Their names were Falada, Bessie, Fanny, Murph, Lucy and
James. They loved to travel from one place to another. Since they had
never gone to India, they decided to go there. They took a taxi to the
airport and soon left for India.
While they were travelling in the plane, Falada asked, “What’s the
“It’s 1 pm” said Fanny.
“Perhaps it’s lunch time” added Bessie. After a while they heard a soft
voice: “Lunch! Lunch! Lunch!”
Who was it? It was the airhostess!
She was serving lunch. She asked them, “What would you like to have?”
Murph replied, “Six sandwiches, please.”
Soon they arrived at their destination chatting merrily. They took a
taxi to Chandigarh’s famous hotel—“Hotel Mountview.” The next morning,
they left for a beautiful lake in Chandigarh. They bought six tickets
for a boat ride. While they were boating, Lucy saw something wrapped on
the foot of one of the ducks. She said, “Look at that duck’s foot.” All
of them turned to look.
James said, “Let’s go closer to it,” and they all started moving towards
it. They saw a piece of paper wrapped around the foot of the duck. Lucy
gently unwrapped the paper from around the duck’s foot.
“Golly!” cried Lucy. Everybody wondered what it was.
Fanny asked Lucy, “What is it?”
Lucy said excitedly, “It’s a treasure map!”
“WOW!” replied everyone.
“Can we go for the treasure hunt?” asked Lucy.
“Yes!” replied everyone.
“But it's in America” said Bessie.
“Don't worry, Bessie. I'll book the tickets,” said James.
Then they went back to hotel. James booked the tickets and told the
others that their flight was early in the morning the very next day.
They woke up at five o'clock and left the hotel at six o'clock. They
took a taxi to the airport. While they were travelling in the taxi,
James was informed that their flight had been delayed by an hour. “Oh
no!” cried James.
Everyone asked, “What’s the matter, James?”
James replied, “Our flight is going to be one hour late.”
“Oh dear!” they cried.
Soon passengers were called to start boarding their flight. All of them
sat on their seats. Their flight took off at nine o'clock, Indian Time,
and landed at nine o'clock, American time, in the night. They stayed at
a wonderful hotel. The next day, they packed some things to eat in a
basket and left for the park where the treasure seemed to be. After some
time, they started feeling hungry and decided to open their picnic
basket. James kept the map on the grass. A man secretly picked up the
map and ran. After some time, when they were done with their picnic,
James realized that the map was not where he had kept it.
”Oh no!” said James.
Everyone asked, “What’s the matter?”
“The map is lost,” said James sadly.
”What do you mean, ‘The map is lost’?” asked Bessie.
“Let’s ask around and see if somebody has seen it,” said Fanny.
They saw a girl standing near a small river in the garden. They asked
her if she had seen an old- looking map.
She said, “Yes, a man with a map walked straight for about ten meters
and then jumped inside the river.”
“What?” asked everyone.
“Yes,” she replied.
They went to the spot the girl had told them. They looked around to see
if there was a bridge. But there was no bridge. It was so difficult to
hunt for treasure now. Suddenly, the river split into two parts. And a
door swung open.
“Wow!” exclaimed everyone. Suddenly, six chairs appeared for each of
them to sit on. The chairs took them inside the door. They saw the same
man who stole the map from them.
Bessie said, “We have caught you now!”
“Okay! I will give you the map. But first you have to answer my
riddles,” said the man.
“But why do we have to answer riddles for our own map?” said Bessie.
“It’s all right, Bessie. It will be fun,” said James.
“OK!” said Bessie grumpily.
“Your first clue for the riddle is, ‘I have two eyes, but I cannot see.’
Your second clue is, ‘You eat me.’ Your third clue is, ‘I am a
vegetable. Who am I?’” asked the man.
“Mmmmmm.......maybe a potato,” said Fanny.
“Yes,” said the man.
“Your second riddle is, ‘Another name of a woman, each of your hands has
four of me. Who am I?’”
“Mmmmmmm…….maybe a Lady Finger,” said Bessie.
’’Oh no! You are correct again‘’ said the man. He was very disappointed.
“I won’t let the map go easily,” thought the man, and he ran and hid in
the jungle. Everybody ran after the man. There was a crossing there.
Suddenly, Fanny heard a voice. It said, “I shall exchange the map with
Fanny said, “Everybody, come here! Did you hear that?”
Everyone said, “Yes, we heard it. The man is going to exchange the map
with some other map!” Suddenly the man saw their shadows and started
running again. After some time, they saw a board saying, “Welcome to the
Land of Goodies.”
When they entered it, they saw empty stalls and bakers sitting sadly.
They asked one of the bakers, “What happened?”
He replied, “I don’t want to talk to anybody!”
Suddenly, they saw the man who had taken their map and started chasing
him. The man stopped and opened a box lying on the ground. Inside the
box, there was a bottle. The man drank the contents of the bottle and
suddenly became a beautiful lady. She said, “Welcome to the Land of
Goodies! I am sorry for stealing the map from you...I am the queen of
the Land of Goodies.”
Everybody said, “Hello!”
The queen replied, “Come with me, you must be hungry...Would you like to
Everyone said, “Yes!”
Suddenly, seven chairs appeared! The queen said, “Sit on these chairs!
I’ll take you to my palace.”
And off they went flying on the chairs. They noticed that the bakers’
stalls were now filled with eatables.
They asked the queen, “Why did you steal our map?”
She answered, “I’ll tell you later. First, you must eat something.”
When they entered the palace, they saw that it was made of chocolates
and candies. The queen took them to her dining hall. There were separate
rooms for appetizers, main courses, and desserts. They started with
appetizers and then moved on to main course and finally to the room of
desserts. There were a chocolate fountain and ice-creams of all flavors
along with many other tasty sweets.
Fanny reminded the queen, “Now, tell us why you stole the map.”
She started: “Many years ago, people of my land and humans were very
good friends. One day a human came to the Land of Goodies. Everyone
welcomed him, and I brought him to the palace. He told me he wanted to
use the restroom, I waited and waited for him, but he didn’t return. So
I started searching for him. I asked a guard if he had seen anyone going
to the restroom. 'No, my Majesty,' said the guard. 'But I saw a man
going into the room of treasures.' I quickly went into that room to
check if something was missing, and then I found out that the map was
The man had cheated. He stole the map and ran away. I went to look for
him, but it was too late to stop him. He had escaped and poisoned the
land of Goodies. This map was leading to a special medicine which can
cure any type of poison in the Land of Goodies if a person from the
royal family drinks it. This medicine is made once in ten years. This
medicine’s location keeps changing every ten years and the map’s
directions also keep changing as per that. I changed myself into a man
so that no one would recognize me. That’s the story of this map.”
“I think we should go back now,” said James. They all said goodbye to
the queen and went back to the hotel. They packed their bags and took a
flight to Australia.
Fannie said, “What a tiring and exciting adventure! After reaching home
I will only relax for a few days.”