A Cap seller and the Monkeys
Once there was a capseller. He sold all kinds of caps from village to village and street to street. He earned his living thereby and was happy on his lot.
One day while he was on his way to a village for his business, he had to pass through a dense forest. His bundle of caps was on his head. It was very hot and he had covered a long distance, he decided to take rest under a big shady tree. He put his bundle of caps on his side and lay down. He soon fell fast asleep.
Now there lived a good number of monkeys on that tree. They saw him wearing a cap on his head and in order to imitate him and a bit of fun they came down and opened his bundle and took the caps one by one and wore them on their heads and climbed up on the high branches of the tree.
After a good nap, the capseller woke up. He saw around and found his bundle of caps missing. He was surprised as there was no chance of a thief there. In his state of worry, he looked up into the tree and saw the monkeys hanging on its branches, all with caps on their heads.
Now it was a big problem. How would the monkeys part with the caps? It was very difficult. There was no way out. Suddenly an idea struck his mind. He at once took off his own cap and threw it on the ground. He knew that the monkeys are good imitators and would repeat his action. His plan worked. All the monkeys threw off their caps on the ground. The poor capseller collected them, packed them in his bundle and went on his way.
Moral : Wit works where strength fails.