Being from a normal middle-class family, I have always wondered about the plush life of rich celebrities and famous people. How much happy they should be in their life? Because of the amount of money they should possess. The luxury life they lead. Isn’t it?
Yes, I too would have said yes. If you have asked me a week back. So, what happened now? Why I no more appreciate or long for the life of those rich people?
Read on, to know more.
I was so depressed with the thinking of rich are all happy. Money brings happiness. And society has taught me that all rich people are villains. Yes, they have stolen the wealth of we poor people.
What else we do? Every day we hear about the
Anyone growing under such environment obviously will start hating the rich. Agreed? So do I.
With such thinking and all the failures in life, I decided to kill myself. What can
Enough of this life
I tried to end my life from the hill. And I did that too. Unfortunately, I failed in it too. I did not die but was saved by a sage living below that hill. After a few weeks, I regained my original strength. All along, the sage never talked with me or asked about my reason for killing myself. All he did was to give medicines to me and take care of me.
Finally, I decided to break that silent. I told him who am I, and why I took such decision. After hearing the hour long story, the only thing the sage did was to give a smile. I could not understand why.
Then he asked only one question.
“If I give you the power to be close to a rich person of your choice, as close a his shadow, will it solve your problem?”
I was confused, why such power? “If you can really give me power, why not make me a rich guy?“
“I understand that you feel you are poor and hence you are not happy. And all your wealth and resource are being stolen by the rich and mighty. Right?”
“Yes, of course.”
“So, with this power, you will know what makes the rich people rich. And to see how much happy they are. And after that if you are still of the same opinion, then I can make you rich. Just like that.”
I was assuming if this person was making any sense. But finally, agreed to his deal.
From next day I was the shadow of my favorite rich person in India. I can see every activity he was into.
The New Shadow Avatar
The next day was also ok, with a few official meetings in the office and some hotels. I started loving this life. Why not? Traveling in the Rolls Royce and visiting the expensive hotels for dinner is a life we all love to, right?
Of course, how can we compare this to the road side restaurants we eat!!! With full of noises from everywhere.
Third day was a test to me. Yes, the day started with the new of the stock market crash. Followed by the news that his company stock plunged a lot. The final news was that his company stocks are being accumulated by his competitors.
That’s too many bad news in a day. But I did not see him sit worried. He was as usual, trying to manage the situation.
On the other side, he looked happy. Because there was this one news about he winning a case in land acquisition. He has acquired this huge piece of land from many people in a remote village about 15 years back. At that time, he has paid more than the market rate. His answer was that he wants to start a big plant and that needs a
Once he acquired the land, he started to construct the factory in there. Since the factory was in a remote place, he also constructed the school and a small clinic next to it so that the workers and their family can be benefitted. After like 7-8 years, the real estate around the factory started to pick up. The reason is obviously the factory and the schools that is coming up.
What’s life if everything goes smooth, right? Same happened to him too. Their competitors along with local politicians started poisoning the mind of the landowners who sold the land to him. Showing the current high price of the nearby land, they made them protest against him to ask for more compensation.
And thus the issue landed in court. And today he had won the case. Court have clearly mentioned that the price paid at the time of acquisition is above the market price of then, and also it was accepted by all sellers.
Just because, the land price has raised now due to the factory, it does not entail the sellers to get more compensation. He has not only invested his money in the land but also had to spend so much money to fight it in the court. All because of some behind
My New Life
Slowly I started to realize that it is not all rich that are stealing from us. They calculate and invest and play with risk. They are rich for the risk they take and a country does need such corporate. Hence the government encourages such corporate.
I was feeling ashamed about the thoughts I had due to the teaching of my society. Now I started to feel that my life was far better than this rich guy. The noisy roadside restaurant seemed to be a happy place. After all, I was not alone. The noises were actually the sound of my laughing friends. We were having a memorable dinner without worrying about any of these.
I never returned back to the Sage. For
Be content with what you have.!
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