| Compassion has No Drought|
Translated from a Kannada letter written to the editor at ThatsKannada.com. Kannada
Original by Dr.Vijayalakshmi.
As I was about to visit the famous Banashankari temple the other day, a poor
elderly woman approached me and asked me to buy rotis (flat Indian bread) from her. I told her I
was not interested, to which she said "There has been a terrible drought
here for the last four years and living has become difficult. If tourists such
as yourself buy bread from me, we can survive."
As soon I heard the word "drought", I was drawn to my duty for
charity and I gave her ten Rupees (equivalent of a twenty US Cents) in sympathy,
and went inside the temple.
After I finished with my offerings and prayers at the temple, I was pleasantly
surprised to see the elderly lady waiting for me with her merchandise - two hand-rolled
rotis. She suggested a couple of dips I could use to enhance the taste. I
was touched by her affection and gave a hundred Rupees to help her out, for
which she was overjoyed and wanted to sell me all rotis she had in the basket!
I told her that I was not hungry at all, and could not accept her
"If so, ma'am, there are a lot of poor and hungry people in the village.
Shall I gather some of them so you can distribute bread to them from your own hands?"
I was speechless at the sense of her sharing and her sense of justice, that I
do not find in educated and well-off citizens of our nation. I am writing this experience at the suggestion of M. Chidananda Murthy, as an insightful incident into the Indian value system.
Living with the Poor -- "He might be an uneducated man, a righteous one
Education and Intelligence are not related
Portrait of M. Chidananda Murthy
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Sunday, December 14, 2003|
Last Modified: 12/16/2003