Three Things …
During a recent visit to a court for attending a hearing of our bank’s recovery case, I got talking to an old gentleman of around 70, while we were waiting for our cases to be called. I gathered that he was a practising advocate. He had retired around 10 years ago after more than 4 decades of service as an administrative officer in a local college. I casually enquired about his welfare, health, family etc. What I learnt from him in return. was indeed a real golden nugget piece of solid but practical philosophy.
He said he was a happy and a satisfied man, for he still had those three things important in one’s life. “Which three things?” I asked. He smiled but did not reply. I ventured:
” Roti,Kapda, Makaan ? ” ( food, clothing and shelter ).
He smiled again and shook his head.” Are they money, family, children ?” I tried again.
“No” he said at last, and seeing the perplexed look on my face, he enlightened me thus:
“Broca ji, woh teen cheezein hain : ” channey, daant aur haazma” ! (those three things are roasted grams, teeth and digestion )
Like a wise sage, he went on : ” If God gives us channa, He does not give us teeth with which to eat them. If God gives us both channa and teeth, He does not give us a good digestive power with which to digest the channa ! “
He concluded by saying:” Lucky is he, like me, who has all the three things in life, so far, by the grace of God. I eat simple food, I still have all my teeth intact, I am healthy and fit and can digest what I eat.”
We parted company, after our bank’s case number was called by the court’s section officer…….
Dear readers, ponder on that …….!!
Is se aur kyaa chahiye ye zindagi mein?
Ek dam bahut badhiya aur jaroor jaan ne kee cheez hai yeh.
Is ke pehele aaz meine paadha aap ke[not ur dhoti ] dhoti ka discourse.
I admire you for ability of blending info with facts of life in a humourous and enjayable way.
Dear Mouli ji ,thanks for your response. Peanuts (moongphali) literally also means something very small in value (eg I got peanuts for the job) but if you have nothing else to eat then even moongphali tastes like manna from heavens. What do you say Sir ?
J S Broca , New Delhi
Jun 5, 2009