I am an occasional reader of Malayalam biweeklies…
You never know wherein lies a good recipe, and it helps keep the home menu fresh, revamping it once a while. It was in the same vein that I picked up an edition of a “Vanitha” and saw an article featuring three men.
Stories of three ”ordinary” men, unassuming, from humble surroundings. Not wanting to make a quick buck at the cost of a lost conscience, keeping ethics over all else, these men displayed power!
The first two people are Lottery agents in Aluva and Cochin who sells lottery tickets for a living.
One day, two of their customers (who bought lottery tickets from them) chose their set of five lotteries each, asking the agents to keep the tickets aside.
They would collect it later in the evening, and the payment would be made.
The lucky draw was on the same day and when the results were announced, the respective customers hit jackpot with one of them winning a crore ($150,000) and the other receiving a prize money of forty lakhs ($55,000) and an Innova car.
Since the tickets were with the agents themselves, some friends advised them against handing over the lotteries to the customers. The payment, they reasoned, was not made anyway and the customers wouldn’t know if the tickets were exchanged.That was big money at stake, and they wouldn’t make that kind in a life time.
However, these agents din’t think twice, but went in search of their lucky customers and let them know the news and hand over the prize tickets.They said they knew they would be blessed .They are now stars within their territory. The Defence Minister of India even called one of them and said that it was a matter of pride to be able to say that he hailed from the same state as they did.
Was reminded of the scriptures which says, ‘A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold.’ Proverbs 22:1
The third person is an auto driver who lives in Palakkad…a family had got into his auto-rickshaw, and accidentaly left behind their small handbag in a last minute hustle to catch their bus – a handbag which had fifty sovereign of gold ornaments in it! The auto driver had taken another run. That passenger brought the handbag to the notice of the auto driver who lost no time in contacting the police station to return the goods.The gold was returned to the owner (who had panicked and came rushing to the Police station) in the presence of the auto-driver.
The driver said he was so sure he did not want anything that was not his, and that the pleasures of living on his hard earned money gave him the highest satisfaction. Cruddy standards,he mentioned, would hinder sweet sleep. His mother had instilled in him the importance of honesty and he remembered that in all the ups and downs of life. He said he always wanted to live life with his head held high.
I yearn that my kids imbue these characteristics, be people of worth and lead the heroic life. Should they choose to tread the path of honesty and abide by the Truth all times, life would be complete.
Happy New Year everyone!