No charity in business and no business in charity
(This pretty meaningful story was posted by my friend Hamsabai SAnthana Krishnan in facebook today. My thanks to her)
My mother was sitting near the outer door ,
Of my house wanting to buy some leafy vegetable.
And a lady carrying several verities of leafy vegetable came ,
And my mother chose carefully what she wanted.
When my mother asked the price the lady hawker told “Five rupees a bundle”
And my mother asked it for three and said to her , if the price is three rupees,
Give me four bundles, but the hawker did not agree and started walking away,
And after a few steps she returned back, and said , “Ok Madam, four rupees.”
My mother did not agree but at the end the hawker gave it for three ,
And when she was r trying to keep the basket on her head , the hawker fell down,
And my mother rushed to help and the when asked why? What happened?
She told my mother, “There was no food in my home and I am starving from morn.”
My mother asked her to wait and came with a plate of six Idlis and Chutney,
And made her eat them and the thankful hawker with eyes filled with tears went away,
And I asked mother, “By bargaining you got a profit of eight rupees and this idli costs thirty rupees?”
And My mother told me son,”No charity in business and no business in my charity.”