Only a person who has slept hungry may be able to appreciate this. While writing about the first incident I get goose pimples – and the incident is etched in my mind like it happened yesterday. It happened in 1988 or 1989, not sure about the year.
I will not name the participants as most of them are alive. It happened in South Mumbai at Liberty restaurant. This restaurant had a separate open place where pav bhaji and fruit juice – this does not have a door and opens on to the footpath. 2 persons me and my client Mr. J were standing there waiting for Mr. J’s driver (Mr. J had an office in the same building). One beggar woman (aged perhaps 18-19, herself a kid!) carrying a kid came begging for food (being hungry not knowing from where the next meal will come from MUST be far more difficult than keeping a ‘upvas’ like I do for Ekadesi – i stuff my self with fresh fruits, dry fruits, milk, dahi so I keep saying fast means eating ‘fast’ food).
The server mercilessly threw water on her face and on the kid. Most of us were shocked, but like the ‘aam’ janata would not have had the guts to do anything. I looked at Mr. J who had seen the incident partially – and I taunted Mr. J saying, “Mr. K the owner of the hotel is your friend is he not”. Mr. J called the manager and said ‘In this mood if I speak to your owner, this boy will lose his job’. So please take this money and feed this beggar woman…NOW…..
Lessons – the ANGER of Mr. J was towards the hunger of the beggar woman. He was still compassionate towards the boy – when I probed he said it is easy to have him sacked, but it means nothing to me or Mr. K, THE BOY WILL SUFFER and might become more bitter with the world.
This way the woman is well fed for today and the boy will not feel malice towards me. I do not need him as a fan, but surely do not need him as my enemy either. The other incident where I saw Mr. J’s behavior i have written about in another post of attitude towards money…it is about a poor flower seller. That incident is also etched in my mind like it happened yesterday!
The second incident is about a girl I know. She has had a decent upbringing but in a lower middle class background. She may not have exactly slept hungry but she has not seen much surplus during her childhood.
Recently in an auto when a beggar girl (kid) came begging the kid touched her – what she got as a reply was a vicious kick.
Now I am in a dilemma – do I call her boss and have her sacked (I know I can even without giving the reason), forget the whole incident (easiest to do), talk to girl and counsel her (she would hate to know that I saw the incident), ……no clue! All an attitude towards money is it not? Or worse lack of money.
Money is a simple hygiene factor – not having it is a problem. Having tons of it does not bring happiness. How ironic, but alas, its true!
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