(When I was studying intermediate first year, I wanted a Time piece to wake me up .When me and my father went to the shop in my village, he said it costs Rs 12/- My father said, “konthe( baby son) we cannot afford it . From then on I studied 8 long years without an alarm time piece. During my final year M.A. . I used to sleep at 12 midnight and wanted to wake up at 3 AM. I was in an upstairs room.My friend sri P.Sivadas(my face book friend) , used to come at 3 Am behind my room and throw stones in to my room through the open window so that I would wake up. Then on I felt bad in purchasing an alarm .
I remembered this when I read this tamil posting by Venkat Srinivasan and several others , which I have translated.)
When my father gave me the cardboard exam pad,
Without a clip , I cried for a three rupees clip,
And after lot of struggle he did purchase a clip,
And told me, Ï never got even a board”
I did not believe , what my father told at that time,
And when my third standard daughter wanted a board,
And when the shop owner showed a board for one hundred and fifty,
And when my daughter asked for a better one, I narrated the above to her
Unable to buy an ink bottle for ten rupees,I told her,
I had filled my pen by giving ten paise in the shop,
I always used the old text books of my elder brother,
And never forgot the plate for free lunch in the school
And my daughter laughed at me and told ,
Ëven when you bluff, there should be a limit in it”
And I remembered my father struggling for paise,
And how I laughed at him not believing it
I remembered my mother shouting at the Government lorry,
Which used to supply twenty litres of water for twenty paise,
And my daughter, who shouts at me and my wife,
For not buying drinking water can for thirty five rupees.
I remembered how along with ten boys I used to play,
Cricjet with rubber ball and bat made of the stem of palm,
And when we used to feel thirsty, how we used to knock some one’s door,
Drink as much water as we want and thart house lady would ask , “do you want more?”
When I asked my wife whether she will give water like that,
She said, Ï would not even open the door and I remeeberd,
How now I am taking free in cell phone and eat one Vada for twenty rupees,
And how I used to eat one Vada for one rupee and tak for 5 five minutes paying six rupess.
I remember how I am storing ten new films in my 64 gb memory card,
Used to stand hours before my neighbours home to see a part of picture free,
I remember how nowadays I go to purchase gold winner oil for hundred rupees,
But I used to take a used medicine bottle to the shop to get 100 ml oil.
Once upon a time I used to drink coffee mixed with third decotion,
But my children, refuse to drink, drinks like Boost, Horlicks ewtc,
And ask for some peculiar new drink and even that,
They would drin half the bottle and throw it away
I struggled to get some food,
But my children struggle to eat any food.