Continuous Learning

There was once a hat-seller who passed by a forest on his way back from the market. The weather was very hot and so he decided to take a nap under one of the trees, so he left his whole basket of hats by the side.

A few hours later, he woke up by some sounds. The next thing he realized was that all his hats were gone. He heard some monkeys on the tree and so he looked up. To his surprise, the tree was full of monkeys and they had taken all his hats.

The hat-seller sits down and thinks how he can get the hats down. He thinks and thinks and starts scratching his head. The next moment, he realized that the monkeys were doing the same action. Next, he took down his own hat and fan himself and the monkeys do exactly the same. An idea came to him, he took his hat and throws it on the floor and the monkeys do that too.

So he finally managed to get all his hats back!


Fifty years later, his grandson, Jack, also became a hat-seller. One day, just like his grandfather, he passed by the same forest, it was very hot, and he took a nap under the same tree and left the hats on the floor. He woke up and realized that all his hats were gone. He looked up and realized that the monkeys had taken all the hats. He remembered the story he heard from his grand father, started scratching his head and the monkeys follow. He took down his hat and fanned himself and again the monkeys followed.

Now, very convinced of his grandfather’s idea, Jack threw his hat on the floor but to his surprise, the monkeys still hold on to all the hats.

Then one monkey climbed down the tree, grabbed the hat on the floor, gave him a slap and said “You think only you have a grandfather?