Welcome (back) to the Jungle



“No way!” my friends cried out incredulously as they saw the car.

“I swear I rode this here from the village,” I asserted.

“Sure,” said my elder brother, “and the moon does not get eaten by the sun every morning.”

I almost broke into tears at this taunt.

And then, suddenly, I saw it, or rather, him, and I knew my problem was solved.

“If you don’t believe me,” I said, “ask him. I rammed the car into him to stop the car.”

They all turned expectantly towards the newcomer.

“Yes,” said Haathi, the elephant resignedly, “Mowgli speaks the truth!”


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. To read many more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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36 Responses to Welcome (back) to the Jungle

  1. draliman says:

    Mowgli, you’re under arrest for careless driving occasioning the injury of one elephant…

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Mowgli was supposed to stay in the man village! 🙂

  3. neilmacdon says:

    An addition to Kipling’s canon. I love it

  4. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve written a delightfully original take on the prompt. Kudos!

  5. gahlearner says:

    Hah, that was fun. Poor Haathi though.

  6. ceayr says:

    Clever and funny.

  7. Alice Audrey says:

    Mowgli, you reckless driver!

  8. plaridel says:

    it looks like the car had no much for an elephant. 🙂

  9. James McEwan says:

    There is always an elephant in the room, when you need one. Nice piece of humour.

  10. Dear Anurag,

    Those pesky man cubs. Clever story that made me smile.



  11. What a hoot, Annurag, I was thinking jungle book and you still surprised me. Wonderful.

  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Mowgli could drive? No wonder she did not miss even an elephant.

  13. Lynn Love says:

    Unexpected twist to that one! Great imagination

  14. Great solution to the problem… don’t they talk about elephant memory

  15. granonine says:

    A long-time favorite, you’ve given new life to this wonderful story. Had me wondering right up to the end 🙂

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