The other day I was touched by two incidents that took place. The driver of the cab in which my husband commutes to his college, stopped to buy some mangoes on the way and offered my husband to take a few from them. Though touched by his kind gesture, he politely refused. Immediately, the driver took out a couple and forced him to accept saying, “ Sir, you are so magnanimous and give me coconuts and mangoes and this is a humble offer from a poor man like me”
My maid who worked with me for nearly 20 years had become old and hence shifted to her son’s place in Hosur a few years ago. She makes it a point to visit me whenever she comes to Chennai and gets a bag full of vegetables and hands them over to me with a smile. She vehemently refuses when I offer to pay for them, saying it is a “small” gesture of love and affection for us on her part.
The above incidents made me wonder why the rich in our society acquire the tag “the rich and Famous.” Probably they become famous for the millions they possess and owning large scale industries and contributing their share in building the economy of the country. They also discharge their social obligations by maintaining charitable institutions and the like. Such people deserve to be called “The Rich and Famous and Magnanimous”, by virtue of their acts.
But unfortunately we do have a few in our Chennai society who are rich and famous by virtue of the wealth they possess but certainly are not magnanimous and the word seems to be unknown to them unlike the poor who may not be famous but they are certainly magnanimous.
n.meera raghavendra rao