Once there lived in a jungle a hare and a tortoise. The hare was very proud of his speed and therefore used to ridicule the tortoise for his slow speed. “You little creature! how slowly you crawl” said he! “I would run a mile while you just go a few yards.” The tortoise listened to him but said nothing. The hare grew more impudent. He began to call him names. This was too much for the tortoise to bear. He became angry and challenged him to a race. The hare at first laughed but then accepted the challenge. A tree at a distance was fixed as the victory post. At a whistle from the fox the race started.
The tortoise crawled forward steadily. The hare covered the small distance tortoise had travelled in a few jumps. “Why not take some rest?”thought he, “The tortoise will take along time to cover this distance.”He therefore lay down for a short nap. In the meantime the tortoise reached the place where the hare was asleep. “Let him keep on lying”, mused the tortoise, I shall reach the winning post before he gets up.”He crawled on without stopping and was near the winning post. The hare at last a woke. He found the tortoise near the winning post. The hare at last awoke. He found the tortoise near the winning post. He ran hard but the tortoise reached the winning post before him. The hare felt ashamed that he had lost the race.” Moral : Slow and steady wins the race.