Tuesday 12 March 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 66

The 99 Club
12.3.2013, Mumbai

A friend sent me this story by mail. I have tweaked it to make it all the more interesting. Read it and share it with your friends…

Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite all the luxuries was neither happy nor content.

One day, the King spotted his slave who smiled and sang while he toiled in his fields. The King was curious. He said to himself I’m the ruler but so sad, my slave has nothing then why is he so joyous.

The King stopped his chariot and summoned the slave, 'What makes you so happy?'

'You’re Majesty, my family and I don't need too much to feel good. All we need is a roof above our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.'

The king was not convinced. He summoned his trusted advisor and told him the story of his slave.

His advisor said, 'Your Majesty, it is evident that your slave is not yet a part of The 99 Club.'

'And pray what is that?’ inquired the king.

'Just fill a bag with 99 gold coins and leave it outside your slave’s doorstep and you will find your answers.’

The king did what he was told.

When the slave saw the bag, he took it into his home and could not believe his fortune. He counted the coins over and over again and was curious about the missing one coin. He searched high and low and when he didn’t find it he decided to complete his centenary collection.

That day, the life of the carefree slave changed…!

Now the slave toiled day and night, he was always tired, grumpy and unhappy. He complained that his family did not help him earn money. He became so obsessed with gold coin that he stopped smiling… singing...

The King noticed the transformation. His advisor was right. His slave had now officially joined The 99 Club.

All of you reading this must remember that 99 Club is a name given to those who have everything to feel happy but are always yearning for more. The story of the slave is a lesson that we must not lose what we have in search of a coin…

Bhawana Somaaya/ www.bhawanasomaaya.com

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