This is a story of how careless a person could be, which really shocked me.
One day a relative of mine came to visit me. He had brought a bag, which he kept on the table in front of him. “Goodies from our native town,” he told me, pointing to the bag.
He chatted for a while. Even though I tried to concentrate on his conversation, my eyes kept darting to the bag on the table, wondering what sweets or savories he would have got for me.
He left after sometime and I opened the bag, expecting to find Halwa or Boondi. Or my favorite Jilebi.
What I saw there shocked me. Loads of CASH!
I counted the crisp currency notes. There was three lakhs!
I called him on his mobile immediately and asked , “What did you bring me?”
“Goodies, yummy goodies”, he said.
“Are you expecting me to open a sweet shop?” I was angry and sarcastic.
“What are you saying?”
“There is three lakhs in cash in this bag,” I said.
“Oh my God! I brought the wrong bag, is it?” He almost cried. “Thank you sister. I am coming now, at once. Thank you so much.”
He hurried back to retrieve the bag.
“How can you be so careless,” I admonished him.
“Sister, protection comes from God,” he smiled sheepishly, feeling foolish and guilty.
But I was still under a shock. Anything could have happened. I might have told my maid to put away the sweets and snacks in containers and given the bag to her.
Or I might have just left the bag lying on the table and gone out.
“Brother, we all believe that protection comes from God. But do you know this famous Arab proverb about taking care of your belongings?”
“What is that?” he asked
“TRUST IN GOD…BUT TIE UP YOUR CAMELS!!”
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Story By Mumtaz. Written by Gulsum Basheer @talkalittledo.