Wealth Need Not Only Be Money

Rainbow, not a po of gold

POSTING MONTHS AGO on this blog I wrote of how Infosys co- founder Narayana Murthy called a group of freshers in the company, showed them the sky and said: “See, what a beautiful rainbow.”

He was conducting a foreign delegation around the campus but did not fail to notice the sun and drizzle combination creating a rainbow.

In the West it is said that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. As an etrepreneur steeped in Indian values, Murthy saw not the gold but a beautiful rainbow.

And today’s newspapers tell of a Mumbai man who remained a beggar though he had bank FDs worth Rs.8.77 lakhs and cash in coins totalling Rs.1.5 lakhs which the police, visiting his house after his death on a rail track, had to spend hours to count.

In the dilapidated single room, the beggar, Birju Chandra Azad lived all alone in Govandi, a south-east Mumbai slum.He also had a voter identity card, PAN card and Aadhaar card. Old newspapers and polythene bags littered the room.

Birju Chandra Azad was, in fact, a rich man who lived a poor life. There have been many stories of this type — of men or women living in extreme poverty and squalour but leaving behind a lot of money.

While many poor people could be happy, there are many “rich” people living in misery

Azad proved once more that wealth does not make one rich.

Written on a mobile phone..

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Over 60 years of writing for a living and two books later, I still find the urge to write unstoppable, even as 80 has arrived. Hope to write even on the last day. Will UnstoppableAfterSeventy.Wordpress.com turn into SomeswarA80.WordPress.com ?

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