ALLEGORIES

          

    
154. Three Pieces of Advice Vs 20 Years of Salary
153. Dealing with people who make mistakes
152. Good beans and bad beans
151. Unconditional Acceptance
150. Grandma In Court
149. Muda Out Of Our Lives
148. A Techie And A Retired Person
147. Currency Of The Heaven World
146. Never Forget Your Friends
145. A German Shepherd And A Panther
144. Stay Together
143. We'll Find Your Jeep
142. Art Of Parenting
141. How To Catch A Monkey?
140. Don't Change The World
139. Who Is Richer?
138. Tool Of Discouragement
137. Laymans Outlook
136. Invisible Labels
135. Be Always Intact
134. Where Are We Going?
133. A Richman And A Beggar
132. The Cockroach Theory
131. You Need That Prayer
130. Finding Happiness?
129. You Are Special
128. A Wedding Gift
127. The Crab And The Wave
126. Size Of God
125. Relationship Matters
124. Appreciate The Brakes In Your Life
123. Password Changed My Life
122. Use All Your Strength
121. The Ant And The Contact Lens
120. Gods Grace
119. Irresistable To Detestable
118. The 99 Club
117. Are You Focused?
116. Importance Of A Drop
115. Charity Wrapped With Dignity
114. Small Good Deed
113. The Truth
112. Virtues To Light
111. Performance Counts!
110. Story Of David And Svea Flood
109. Our Journey Together Is So Short
108. A Horse And A Goat
107. Hold On To Christ
106. Lawyer And Judge
105. Gold or Silver?
104. Little Spark Of Love
103. Self Realization
102. The Parable Of The Rat Trap
101. Inner Ego
100. A Blind Girl
99. Coffee On Wall
98. Please Help Me Understand
97. Change Your Nature
96. Rise Above Criticism
95. Nine Short Stories
94. An Angry Cobra
93. What You Sow, You Reap
92. The Pearl Necklace
91. Hope For Every Parent
90. Man And Four Sons
89. Resources Belong To The Society
88. A Lady In A Flight
87. The Story of Colonnel Sanders
86. Life In Order
85. From The Devil
84. I Almost Sold Your Son
83. God's Rosebud
82. A Story Of Michael Jordan
81. Building An Empire
80. Thanks For Your Time
79. On His Way To The Church
78. Are You Jesus?
77. Wet Pants
76. Story Of Harakhchand Sawla
75. Nature Of The Material World
74. A Man With Four Wives
73. Sweetness Of Sour Oranges
72. The Choir Team
71. Evil Does Not Exist?
70. Heaven On Earth?
69. Being Happy
68. Who Is Richer?
67. Divinely Inspired Push
66. The Story Of Marvan Atapatu
65. Young Lady And Psychiatrist
64. What Comes Out of You?
63. Dogs And Wolves
62. Mine You Illegally
61. The Pigeon Story
60. The Parable Of The Empty Boat
59. Bombay To Bangalore
58. Hearing Problem
57. Monkeys In A Village
56. An Engine In A Factory
55. Value Of Life
54. Frog In A Vessel
53. Church Goer
52. Teamwork And Humanity
51. Timber Merchant
50. What Goes Around Comes Around
49. Jonah And The Whale
48. A Cruise Ship
47. The Pastor's Cat
46. The Broken Pot
45. Christian Always On Duty
44. HR Manager In Heaven
43. Good News And Bad News
42. Old Age Home
41. Undeniable Facts
40. We Are Nothing Without Each Other
39. Make Amends
38. Stress & Tension
37. Never Conclude For Others
36. Value Of Helping Family
35. Law Of The Garbage Truck
34. Silversmith
33. Selfless Real Love
32. Lesson From An Ant
31. Doctor shocks, Engineer Rocks
30. Why Me?
29. Prepare Children For The Road
28. Positioned In The Right Place
27. We Are Never Alone
26. Spider Web
25. Adore Whatever You Have In Life
24. Father And Son - 5 Star Hotel
23. Not A Single Conflict
22. Planting The Seed
21. Life Is Just A Moment
20. Association
19. A Person On His Death Bed
18. Respect Is A Two Way Street
17. Are You Hurt?
16. A Boy With Few Shells
15. The Missing Goat
14. Mother Flying A Kite
13. Excellence - driven from inside
12. Lesson From Giraffe
11. Tomatoes In A Plastic Bag
10. Evening Dinner With A Father
9. Positive In Negatives
8. Hold The Door Open
7. A Tale Of Two Seas
6. A Great Equalizer
5. The Power Of Faith
4. Saved And Lost
3. Three Little Trees
2. Whatever Became Of Evangelism
1. Potatoes, Eggs And Coffee Beans

 
Bombay To Bangalore
 

[Sudha Murthy, chairperson, Infosys Foundation] She is known for her ability to glean interesting stories from the lives of ordinary people. The following is extracted from her latest collection, 'Bombay to Bangalore':

It was the beginning of summer. As I boarded the Udyan Express at Gulbarga, I saw that the 2nd class reserved compartment was jam-packed with people. I sat down and was pushed to the corner of the berth. The ticket collector came in and started checking people's tickets. Suddenly, he looked in my direction and asked, what about your ticket? 'I have already shown my ticket to you', I said.

'Not you madam; the girl hiding below your berth'. I realized that someone was sitting under my berth. When the TC yelled at her, the girl came out of hiding. She was thin, scared and looked like she had been crying profusely. She must have been about 13 or 14 yrs old.

The TC started forcibly pulling her out from the compartment. Suddenly, I had a strange feeling. 'Sir, I will pay for her ticket', I told the TC. He looked at me and said, 'Madam, if you give her 10 rupees, she will be much happier with that than with the ticket.' I didn't listen to him but bought her a ticket to the last destination, Bangalore, so that the girl could get down wherever she wanted.

Slowly, she started talking. Her name was Chitra. She lived in a village near Bidar. Her father was a coolie and she had lost her mother at birth. Her father who had remarried, died a few months ago. Since her step mother started ill treating her, she left home in search of a better future.

By this time the train had reached Bangalore. I got down from the train and then I saw Chitra watching me with sad eyes. I took compassion on her and took her to our friend Ram's place. Ram managed shelter homes for boys and girl which were supported by Infosys. Chitra had found a home and new direction in her life. I always enquired about her well-being over the phone.

Her progress was good and I wanted to sponsor her college studies. But she said, ' No, Akka. I would like to do diploma in computer science so that I can immediately get a job.'

She came out with flying colours in her diploma and obtained a job in a software company. With her first salary, she bought me a saree and a box of sweets. One day, when I was in Delhi, she called me up to say that her company is sending her to the USA. She wanted to take my blessings but I was here in Delhi.

Years passed. Chitra was doing very well and was sending me e-mails regularly. Years later, I was in San Francisco attending the 'Kannada Koota', organized by the Kannada speaking families of California. I was staying in the same hotel where the Kannada meet was taking place.

When I checked out of the hotel room and went to the reception to settle the bills, the receptionist said, 'Ma'am, you don't have to pay. The lady over there has already paid your bill.' I turned around and found Chitra there, standing with a young man. She was looking very pretty in short hair. Her eyes were beaming with happiness.

She hugged me and touched my feet. I was overwhelmed with joy. I was very happy to see the way things had turned out for Chitra. But I came back to my original question; 'Chitra, why did you pay my hotel bill?' Suddenly sobbing, she hugged me and said: 'Because you paid for my ticket from Bombay to Bangalore!