Hare and tortoise
Everyone knows the story of Hare & Tortoise, isn't it? But here is a Lesson for Survival
Here is the story of Hare and the Tortoise revisited In Today's Context
A hare and a tortoise live in Ahmedabad. They are good friends and like all good
friends, sometimes have a dig at each other. One day, in a light mood the
hare ridiculed the tortoise for his slow pace. The tortoise reacted by challenging the
hare for a race between Paldi to Navarangpura....and you all know what happens in
Lesson Learnt "Slow and steady wins the race." However, the story does not end
The hare goes home and soon understands that complacency and overconfidence were
the reasons of his defeat. He vows not to repeat the mistake again.
He then invites the tortoise for another race. The tortoise agrees to his friend's request.
They meet at the appointed day and time at the starting point. The race starts. This
time the hare dashes off to the finishing line without taking a break and wins the race
Lesson Learnt "Fast and Quick Learner wins the race" & still the story does not end
The tortoise goes home and thinks hard. He was aware that the hare couldn't be
defeated in speed. He then ponders over his core competence. At last he finds a solution
and invites the hare to another race.
This time the course is changed. It is from Paldi to Airport. The hare agrees. At the
appointed day and time the two meet at the start line and the race begins. The hare
dashes off like a flash. Soon he arrives at the banks of river Sabarmati and
is overwhelmed by a sense of dejection as he did not know how to swim.
The tortoise comes to the bank, looks at the hare with sympathy and coolly gets into
the water. He swims to the other side goes to the airport and comes back.
Lesson Learnt "Core competence wins the race." Yet again the story extends to its
Both the friends decide it was enough of racing against each other. Why not think
hard and find a way by which they together could travel from Paldi to airport at the
minimum possible time. At the end of a brain storming session they come out with a
solution and decide to try it out the next morning.
At the appointed time they meet at the starting line. The tortoise sits on the back of the
hare. The hare dashes off form Paldi to the banks of Sabarmati. There the hare gets on
the back of the tortoise and the tortoise swiftly crosses the river. On reaching the other
side the tortoise again sits on the back of the hare. The hare runs as fast as he can to
the airport. Thus they both reach airport in the fastest possible time.
Lesson Learnt "Innovation, Smart Thinking and team work wins the race"