The Thirsty Crow

Posted on February 26, 2012

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The Original Story

Once, there was a crow who was very thirsty. The crow flew in all directions in search of water, but nowhere the water could be found. At last, he saw a pot in a garden. There was a little water but his beak could not reach to it.

The crow saw some small stones lying around and put the stones one by one in the pot. The water level rose and soon the water level rose enough for the crow to quench the thirst.

Moral of the story is “Think and you would find a solution”.

… Another Thirsty Crow

There was another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story, so instead, of searching the water in all directions the crow went straight to the garden. Of course there was a pot of water, once again with a little water in it. The crow found small stones and using the same trick quenched the thirst.

Moral of the story is “Intelligence is applied knowledge – if you have information make a good use of it”.

… Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story and the second too, so the garden was preferred destination. Yes there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow collected stones and dropped in the pot. The sharp edges of stones broke the earth-pot, and there was no water to drink. The crow was dehydrated and died.

Moral of the story is “Copying does not solve the problem, you still need brains”.

… Yet  Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story, and the second and  third too, so the garden was preferred destination. Yes there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow inspected the stones and  realized that they had sharp edges so looked for alternatives and found some soft mud pebbles and dropped in the pot. The mud-pebbles soaked the water. The crow was dehydrated and died.

Moral of the story is “Before going for an alternative solution, introspect if it is suitable”.

… Yet  Yet Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story, the second, third and fourth too, so the garden was logically preferred destination. Yes there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow inspected the stones and  realized that they had sharp edges. Saw the mud-pebbles and discarded them too. The crow looked around for anything that could be dropped in water to raise the water level but did not find any.  So, the crow gave-up. This crow also died of dehydration.

Moral of the story is “If you think you have exhausted the alternatives, still keep looking for them”.

… Yet  Yet Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story and its later versions, so the garden was obvious destination. Yes there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow inspected the stones and  realized that they had sharp edges. Saw the mud-pebbles and discarded them too. There was no other The crow started performing the rain dance and it rained, the crow was able to quench the thirst.

Moral of the story is “Sometimes unconventional alternatives work and miracles happen”.

… Yet  Yet Yet Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story and its later versions, so the garden was obvious destination. Yes, there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow inspected the stones and  realized that they had sharp edges. Saw the mud-pebbles and discarded them too. The crow started performing the rain dance and it did not rain, the crow died with thirst and exhaustion.

Moral of the story is “Miracles would not repeat, (by definition if they do repeat then they are not miracles)”.

… Yet  Yet Yet Yet Yet Another Thirsty Crow

There was yet another thirsty crow. This crow had heard the original story and its later versions, so the garden was obvious destination. Yes there was a pot with the little water too, there were stones too. The crow inspected the stones and  realized that they had sharp edges. Saw the mud-pebbles and discarded them too. The crow was intelligent enough not to perform the rain-dance. Finding nothing else that could be dropped in water to raise the water level, the crow looked for other alternatives and discovered a straw. The crow was able to quench the thirst.

Moral of the story is “There is an alternative and simpler technology to solve the problem”.

Finally,

Moral of the stories is if you are a script writer and using cliche make sure that you add new twist.

 

… but then there were copy-cats who liked this and kept re-posting, soon the story lost its potency and no one bother to read.

 

Acknowledgement: Some (not all) versions of the stories above are plagiarized from forgotten sources, including in print during 1970’s.

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