“How much this rickshaw cost you” I asked the rickshaw puller as I boarded his rickshaw
“I purchased it at Rs.16,000 sir”, he said. He was a polite young chap.
“And how you arranged for that money”, I kept on my queries
“Oh, I had savings of around Rs.5000 and rest I took as loan form a bank”, he said while pushing the rickshaw hard on the uphill.
“Now, are you happy plying this rickshaw”, I asked
“Yes, very much, this rickshaw is easier to pull, and also I am earning more. In the last three months I have already repaid some amount of the loan and I am sure in the next six month, the rickshaw will be mine”, he sounded so confident and assured of his hard work.
As on today
As I boarded the same rickshaw, I asked him “So, I hope your loan is over by now. You said you will cover the loan within the next six month”
He smiled and said “yes sir, I did. I am now the full owner of this rickshaw. Also, I have taken two new rickshaws on loan as the bank manager liked my hard work and zeal”
I could not stop myself from asking “How can you do so much in such heat. This summer time is terrible now a day”
He kept his smile “If I think about heat sir, I will not be happy at the end of the day as I will have nothing to eat. I don’t care about the heat all I want is peace at the end of the day and feed my family as per my capacity”
“Oh that’s great. I hope you become the new successful and happiest business man of this town now” I also felt happy for him as I saw his happy face, full of proud and peace with achievement of success.
Later that day
In front of the mirror in my office rest room, I straightened my tie and looked at the mobile. No message from the bank, my salary is still not credited it seems. I had requested my boss to give advance half salary this time. I have to buy an AC for my home. It’s too hot now a day.
I looked at the mirror and laughed. The richshaw puller seems to be a wealthier and happier person than me?
Is my happiness costlier than that of rickshaw puller? Why I can’t get happy with simple things in life?
I want to welcome happiness, I sure want, but am I trying to find happiness somewhere else…