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The tale of the monkey and the caps

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Once upon a time there was a nice young man called Karim.  He used to roam around villages selling caps for a living.  One day he would be in Varanasi, the next day people would find him in Meerut.  One afternoon in summer, he was traversing the vast plains when he felt tired and wanted to take a nap.  He found a mango tree with lots of branches and cool shade, placed his bag of caps beside him and went to sleep.  Tired as he was, he was fast asleep in no time.  When he woke up after a refreshing little nap, he found that there weren't any caps in his bag!  "Oh, God!", he said to himself, "Did the thieves have to rob me of all people?"  Then he noticed that the mango tree was full of cute monkeys wearing colourful caps!  He yelled at the monkeys and they screamed back.  He made faces at them and they returned the same funny faces.  He threw a stone at them and they showered him with raw mangoes.  "Oh God, how do I get my caps back?" he said.  Frustrated, he took off his own cap and slammed it on the ground. To his surprise, the monkeys threw their caps too!  Karim didn't waste a second, collected the caps and went on  his way.

Fifty years later, young Abdul, grandson of the famous Cap-seller Karim, who was also working hard continuing the family business, was passing through the same jungle.  After a long walk he was very tired and found a nice mango tree with lots of branches and cool shade.  Abdul decided to rest a while and very soon was fast asleep.  A few hours later, when Abdul woke up, he realised that all the caps from his bag were gone!  He started searching for them and to his surprise found some monkeys sitting on the mango tree wearing his caps.  He was frustrated and didn't know what to do, but then he remembered a story his grandfather proudly used to tell him. "Yes, I can fool these monkeys!" said Abdul. "I will make them imitate me and very soon I will get all my caps back!"  So, Abdul waved at the monkeys and the monkeys waved back at him.  He blew his nose and the monkeys blew their noses.  He started dancing and the monkeys also danced.  He pulled his ears and the monkeys pulled their ears.  He raised his hands and the monkeys raised their hands.  He threw his cap on the ground and then one of the monkeys jumped down from the mango tree, walked up to him, slapped him and said, "Do you think only you had a grandfather?"

Taken off the Net, with thanks to Mariam.


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