Let us enjoy reading this Mulla Nasruddin Hodja's Story of Sour Reply .
ONE DAY a man said to Nasruddin, "I've heard you've got vinegar that is 40 years old."
"That is true," said Hodja.
"Will you give me some?" asked the man.
"If I gave vinegar to all those who asked, it wouldn't have become 40 years old," said Hodja.
The short story is a literary genre. It is usually fictional, narrative prose and tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction. These stories have their origins in oral story-telling traditions and the prose anecdote, a swiftly-sketched situation that comes rapidly to its point. The history of this kind of stories dates back to the oral story-telling traditions. Modern trend in them emerged as their own genre in the early 19th century. They tend to be less complex than novels. Usually, a short story will focus on only one incident, has a single plot, a single setting, a limited number of characters and covers a short period of time.