Mr.N was born with the proverbial “silver spoon in his mouth.” But that was not what endeared him to many, especially the weaker sections of society.
His heart was bigger than all his industries put together.
For he was a do-gooder!
He went out of his way to help the needy and his philosophy life was that “his left hand should not know what his right hand was doing.”
He went about strewing goodness and never letting the person who had benefited, know who his saviour was.
There were many stories told about his magnanimity. I will share one here, which I heard recently.
Mr.N was in the habit of getting his hair cut by a particular stylist (we called them barbers then) at a salon near his house. As he lived in a small town in the deep south of India, there were not many expert hair stylists around and his regular man was better than most.
This hair stylist used to talk to Mr.N about some of the people in their town. One person he often dwelt upon was a physically challenged man named Chudalai.(Name changed)
Chuadalai had lost one of his legs in a road accident. What made his life a living hell was that he was also partially blind.
But his blindness was not something that a good surgeon could not rectify. Since Chudalai did not have the money nor the means to go to an Ophthalmologist, he wasted away.
He would often sit close to the Public Telephone Booth in the town and talk to people who came there. This was before the spurt of mobiles in every hand.
He came to hear of properties that had come up for sale or for rent and would help people in the capacity of a real estate agent.
He came of a proud stock and never ever took alms from people. He was NOT a beggar, you see. He wanted to EARN his living.
When Mr.N heard about him from his hair stylist, his heart went out to this man.
Without telling anyone, as was his wont, he arranged with his manager to book an appointment for Chudalai at an eye hospital in the big city close to their town. He paid for the poor man’s transport, stay, check-up and surgery in the hospital and with in a few weeks, Chudalai’s eyes were good as new.
As Chudalai hobbled out of the hospital, all that he knew about the man who had given him a new lease of life was his name : Mr.N of —- Industries!!
It was many months later, Mr.N was called to speak at a conference about physically challenged people and how they survive in society. His speech was met with a big round of applause.
The person who spoke after him was a man who had lost one of his legs in an accident.
As he began his speech, he said, “I am lame now. Once I was even blind.”
He continued, “But heaven took pity on me and sent a divine being to my aid. A veritable angel, who paid for my surgery and helped me regain my sight.”
As he wiped the tears that flowed down his eyes, he continued,
“I never got a chance to thank him. It is because of him that I am able to see you all today. I have never seen my benefactor before. But today I see him!!”
Chudalai shouted with joy, pointing to MR.N, who was trying to escape everyone’s notice by slinking out of the venue.
“My swami, my saviour, the kadavul who restored my eye sight!!”
“I CAN see him now!”
PS: Chudalai became Mr.N’s ardent admirer and every Diwali, he would appear at Mr.N’s house with a box of sweets which the later would shyly accept.
Story By : Gulsum Basheer@talkalittledo
Kadavul means God in Tamil Language.