This is my first genuine attempt at children's literature. Thanks to my wife, my father in law and my friends Raman and Nilesh for the corrections.
If you are seeing cryptic things, then it may be because you don't have a Devanagari font in your system. On a debian system,
# apt-get install ttf-devanagari-fonts
as root is all that you need to do.
Else, you can read a PDF version here.