Old hat...

Once upon a time there was a nice young man called Karim. He used to sell
caps for a living, and roam around several villages. One day he would be in
Mughalsarai, the other day people would find him in Faizabad.

It was an afternoon in summer and he was traversing the vast plains when he
felt tired and wanted to have a nap. He found a nice 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 quickly fast asleep. When he woke up after a
refreshing little nap, he found that there weren't any caps in his bag!
"Oh, Allah!", he said to himself, "Did the thieves have to find me of all
people?" But 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
found the monkeys to be experts at that. He threw a stone at them and they
showered him with raw mangoes.

"Ya Allah, how do I get my caps back," he said. Frustrated, he took off his
own cap and slammed it on the ground. And lo, the stupid monkeys threw their
caps too! Smart Karim didn't waste a second, collected the caps and was on
his way.  

    50 Years later ....

Young Abdul, grandson of famous topiwala Karim who was also working hard at
making $$$ doing his family business, was going 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! Abdul started searching for the same and to his
surprise found some monkeys sitting on mango tree wearing his caps. Abdul
was frustrated and didn't know what to do. And then he remembered a story
his grandfathers proudly used to let him.

"Yes!!!! I can fool these monkeys!!!", said Abdul. "I'll make them imitate
me and very soon I'll get all my caps back!"

 Abdul waved at the monkeys        -- the Monkeys waved at Abdul
 Abdul blew his nose               -- the Monkeys blew their noses
 Abdul started dancing             -- the Monkeys were also dancing
 Abdul pulled his ears             -- the Monkeys pulled their ears
 Abdul raised his hands            -- the Monkeys raised their hands
 Abdul threw his cap on the ground ............
           ........ one of the monkeys jumped down from the tree, walked upto
Abdul, slapped him and said "Stupid! Did you think you were the only one with
a grandfather?"

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This message was sent on 9 Apr 1996