Moral Stories with a twist

I had a moral instruction (MI) class in our school. Each one of the students was asked to narrate a story and summarize and talk about the moral. The moral of the story was discussed at length to make us understand the relevance and the importance in life. We loved the MI class as it was a storytelling class and there is no chance of getting bored with regular dry subjects.

I am not sure whether moral instruction is a part of curriculum these days.

I have decided to revisit some of the moral stories and take a stab at them in modern context. There could be ’n’ number of ‘moral’ endings possible for each of the stories. I am sure the readers of the blog will think of different endings. I love to hear your views.

Disclaimer: The thoughts are my own and the new twists have not been copied from anywhere. If a similar ending is found, it is more of a coincidence than by any design.

Crow and the Pitcher

In a spell of dry weather, when the birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst.

Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small pebbles, he dropped them into the pitcher one by one. With each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it was near enough so he could drink.


In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.

Story with a twist

The thirsty crow searches Google Maps for water bodies and not pitchers. Finds a water body. If the water level is high, he dives and drinks the water and flies happily. Else, he will go back to Google Maps again for another water body. Pitchers are out of fashion and even very few potters make them these days.


No more pitchers. Look for bigger and better options..

Fox and the Grapes

A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox’s mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

The bunch hung from a high branch, and the Fox had to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way. So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again he tried, but in vain.

Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.

“What a fool I am,” he said. “Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for.”

And off he walked very, very scornfully.

Moral : There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.

Story with a twist

The Fox asks Siri to find the nearby vines. Looks at the varieties of grapes grown. Reviews the user ratings. If the rating is more than four, he orders two kgs of grapes on Amazon. Com. Amazon delivers the grapes the same day. He eats stomach full with content. No need to run around, jump, get bruised and return without success.

Moral: There is no need of stepping out of your comfort zone when needed things arrive at your doorstep.

PS: The Fox in the story is supposed to have put on weight rapidly and completely forgot his basic skills for running and jumping.

Monkey and Crocodile

Once upon a time, a monkey lived in a mango tree beside a lake. He used to throw ripe mangoes into the lake, and a crocodile ate them. The crocodile became a great friend of the monkey. They often chatted as they ate mangoes. The crocodile also took some mangoes home under the water for his wife.

One day, the crocodile told the monkey that his wife was very pleased with the mangoes, and she had asked the crocodile to bring his friend to her. “Please, friend, grant my request. Come to our house with me. She must see you. She is very grateful to you“.

The monkey said, “But how can I go into water? I cannot swim!

The crocodile told him that he should simply sit on his back and hold on to him. “Trust me. You will not drown“, said the crocodile.

So, one day the monkey sat on the back of the crocodile. He asked his friend to swim on the surface for some time.

During this ride, the crocodile, who was very simple, told the monkey that his wife wanted to eat the heart of a monkey. The monkey was scared to hear this, but he did not express his fear. He cleverly told the crocodile, “I am sorry, friend, I have kept my heart at home on the tree. Take me back; I will fetch it for your wife.

The foolish crocodile swam back. As soon as he reached the bank, the monkey jumped off his back, and climbed up the tree. “Good bye, friend!” he said from above, “your wife will never taste a monkey’s heart!

Moral : “Presence of mind often saves us”.

Story with a twist

Our monkey in 2018 is very smart. He has heard the story before. When the husband crocodile requested the monkey to come home to meet his wife, monkey said ‘thank you’. If you act funny, I will not drop the mangoes even for you. Please go and tell your wife that monkeys in 2018 are cleverer than crocodiles.

Moral: Monkeys became smarter overtime while the crocodiles remained as dumb as ever

Lion and the mouse

One day a lion was sleeping in his den. A mouse was also playing nearby. By chance one mouse ran over the lion. This made the lion wake up. The lion caught the mouse. He was ready to kill it.

‘Please do not kill me,’ said the mouse. ‘I am a tiny creature. Please save me.’

The lion felt pity for the mouse. He smiled and let the mouse go.

A few days after the lion was walking in a jungle. He found himself caught in a hunter’s net. He roared and rolled to get out of the net. But he failed.

The mouse heard the roar. It at once ran to the lion and said, ‘Please don’t roar. I’ll on set you free.’

It cut through the net and set the lion free.

Moral: One good turn deserves another

The story with a twist

T and D are working in a software company. Needless to say, T is the team lead and D is a developer. D is working very hard under the supervision of T. Initially D was very happy with door pickups, Sodexo coupons, team lunches and dinners. There was a tremendous bonhomie between T and D. D developed programs after programs without any rest.

T is a control freak. He is also an ESTJ. He wants to monitor D on an hourly basis. As the time went along, T became very insecure and started threatening D with dire consequences if D does not let him know what is happening. Similar to our lion and mouse story, T became a lion and D became the mouse over a period of time. This went on for a while till D got frustrated and wanted to teach T a lesson. Just before a product release meeting, D left the organization without any notice. (These days competition buys the notice period in addition to the bonuses showered on the incoming employee). T was left high and dry and did not know how to manage the situation. T was fired from the job for his inability to deliver the product in time. D had the last laugh when he heard the news.

Moral: Difficult to distinguish between a lion and a mouse in an organization. A mouse could become a lion in no time. And also goodness is always a one way street.

I shall keep the blog open for others to contribute. Please do share your version of the stories or new stories.



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