I do occasionally talk about people living a simple life. Let me elaborate, when I say I know a few people who live a simple life, it is not ‘extreme frugalism’ by any stretch of imagination.
It is just a life style choice unhindered by the biggest worry of mankind “what will others think”. A few friends are already there, a few friends would like to be there and many others would die – instead of accepting this lifestyle. Imagine a person with a net worth of about Rs. 40 crore (yes crores) travelling around ONLY by public transport. He said ‘I think I am unique, none of my friends travel by train’ .
I remember another friend short list a car to buy. The question was NOT which car he could afford to buy (that is typical middle class, not the uber rich language). So when somebody explained : “S can afford to write a cheque for Rs. 4 crores and buy a Ferrari but chooses to buy an Indigo, it is about what he needs, not what he “deserves”.
I told him “many of your friends who are 58 years old can climb up and down in a Railway station’. So this is about choosing a simple lifestyle. If his son / daughter / nephew wanted an Ivy League education, a few shares of a few companies would fund that. Not a bank loan from SBI with the house thrown in as security.
They are vegan, because they actually think that humans have no right to abuse the planet the way we do. One of them carries a purse made with cloth – no leather.
They spend less on a wedding because they do not wish to be vulgar.
They walk short distances of under 2 km not because they cannot afford Rs. 20 on a rick, but because the walk keeps them fitter.
They attend weddings where a plate costs Rs. 2800, but do not eat. This is NOT as a protest against vulgarity, but saving money for a friend. NO, it is not about money it is just that they wish to encourage simple living.
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