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Little Johny was very happy today.
He was going to the market with his father on New Year's Eve to purchase various things.
All of the things he liked.
The market was quite lively and all the shops were decorated with light bulbs of different colours.
Just then Johny noticed a shop where a large number of birds were kept in a cage.
The birds were repeatedly hitting their beaks on the cage trying to get out.
Many of the birds were bleeding as well.
Johny felt pity for those birds.
When he could no longer control himself he went to the shopkeeper and said to him, "Why have you trapped these innocent birds? Why don't you let them free? It is not fair to restrict anyone's freedom."
The shopkeeper replied, "I don't enjoy this, but I don't have any other source of livelihood,
I also need money to feed my family."
Johny looked at his father who put his hand in his pocket.
"What about all those things which you had planned to purchase?"
Johny felt puzzled for a moment, but he decided that the freedom of those birds was more important than any celebration.
He held his father's hand.
"Dad, I can enjoy New Year eve with my friends but these birds will enjoy it better to freely fly in the sky."
His father handed over the money to the shopkeeper.
"You can set these birds free and from tomorrow onwards you can join me at the shop. I will convince the owner to give you a respectable job."
The shopkeeper felt happy and handed over the cage to Johny who opened the bolted door. All the birds started flying out one after other. Johny started clapping.
"Dad, now they will also enjoy New Year with their family and friends."
Johny was relieved.
"Thanks dad, you could not have given me a better gift for New Year."
Johny looked at his father.
"You deserved that my dear." his father said, and hugged him.
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