Retelling the ‘thirsty crow’ story: What has changed?


Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

-Bob Dylan, Times they are a changin’

A couple of days back, I was telling Aesop’s ‘thirsty crow’ story to my kids. I told them about how a crow who was really thirsty, saw a pot of water and how it laboriously went about collecting and filling the pot with pebbles so that water could come up and and he would be able to quench his thirst.

One of my favorite characters in the class, Jeevan, who never speaks but is always very active, ran towards the cupboard and brought a Marathi book, which had retold the thirsty crow story with pictures.

In this story, the crow was looking for water, found a pot and pot had little water. Then there was a twist. The crow flew away, not to gather stones and pebbles but to a coconut seller. One kid was drinking coconut and after a while threw away the straw. The crow picked the straw up, came back to the pot, quenched its thirst and danced, twirling its wings.

Kids liked the second story a lot more. Over the years, the crow has become smarter. Instead of flying gazillion times, filling the pot one stone at a time, hoping for the water to rise someday so that it can quench its thirst, the crow has decided to invest its brains and save effort and time for the same result.

Interestingly, the moral of the story in that Marathi book  was still

‘where there is will, there is a way’.

Maybe the ‘ways’ have changed. We must learn the new ways to stay relevant.



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