A group of monkeys decided to go on a fast one day.
"Before we begin, I think we should keep the food ready with whick we'll break the fast," said the monkey chief. The monkeys nodded their heads in agreement. The youngsters were sent in search of food. They returned with huge bunches of delicious looking bananas. "I think each of us should keep our share of bananas with us before we begin our fast, so that we don't spend time distributing them after we break our fast. You can imagine how hungry we all will be by then!" said the chidf's wife.
The monkeys liked the idea and they collected their share of the bananas.
"Why don't we peel one banana and keep it ready to eat?" said one of the youngsters.
"Yes, let's do that," shouted a fat monkey in agreement. Just a look at the bananas made him hungry.
"All right," said the monkey chief, "We shall peel the bananas, but under no condition should we eat them."
So the monkey peeled their bananas and carefully lept them ready for eating in the evening. "Can I keep the banana in my mouth? I Promise not to eat it till evening, pleased!" a little monkey asked its father.
"Why don't we all put a banana in our mouth? That way we can chew it immediately when break the fast, said his father adding, "As longas we don't eat it, it should be fine!"
So, the monkeys put the bananas in their mouths. One by one they eyed each other uncomfortably as they began their fast and as you can imagine, within no time, the bananas disappeared down their throats. And that was the end of their fast!
A folk from Karnataka by Meera Nair