19.4.07

Such are the ways of the world

If it's (as Jane Austen said that) true that one half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other, it's also stands that one half of the world cannot understand the pain of others. Why else would someone like Amitabh Bachchan be donating wads of Rs 100 and Rs 500 bills to fat priests in Tirupati? To earn blessings for the newly-weds? Couldn't he have just cast a look at all the poverty around him.

True, we cannot alleviate poverty all by ourselves, but then every drop counts.

Flipping through the newspapers, it's ironic to see right on the adjoining page featuring the preparations for the wedding, a man dying of malnutrition. And equally heartening to read about the simple gesture of some students from St Stephens' to take care of the treatment of a tea stall owner suffering from cancer in the urinary bladder. To the extent that though not completely healed, he is back in his stall and living life.

And as the story aptly concludes: Hope floats.

9 comments:

sinusoidally said...

AB thats like saying why do you buy a can of coke (instead of drinking tap water) when there is so much poverty in this world. Yes, it would be nice if he donated something, but it is wedding and he should be allowed to celebrate it whichever way he wants!

Essar said...

..and you know, you only got to hear about this act of kindness because it was students of St Stephen's doing it! I have my doubts if some Dyal Singh kids would have got equal footage. I still remember that the only story TOI carried after the Satyendra Dubey case was one in which they feature some IIT alumi in the US protesting. The case itself had not merited any such story.
We live in a sick world man.

AB said...

Sines: Given that it is his money and he is at liberty to do whatever he wants to with it. But still, it is rather sad to see so much of precious money wasted on only adding probably some more gold to the temple.

It's blessings he wants. Why not earn the goodwill of those less fortunate?

Essar: I know I know. But still it felt nice, be it students from Dyal Singh or St Stephen's. At least there are people around who still care.

Penny Lane said...

Celebrity weddings piss me off!

AB said...

Penny lane: Hey I keep reading your posts but can never comment anywhere:( Neither do you have an e-mail id listed anywhere.

Sonia said...

babe, this post is EONS old! where ARE u??!

AB said...

Sonia: At home. Recuperating from c pox.

Sonia said...

ok, you're back now. so what's your excuse?

sinusoidally said...

You had chicken pox? At this age, wow, guess you never had it as a child. Hope you are recovered. Was wondering where you were...