As I was watching the afternoon news on Sun TV, I got a start at the non-stop screeching of the doorbell. Who could it be at this hottest part of the day, I wondered, and reluctantly went to open the door. There stood Savitha holding huge packets in both her hands, appearing fully drenched in sweat. Huffing and puffing she went past me literally pushing me aside and slumped in the chair which was placed right under the fan.
Where have you been in this hot sun? I said.
She took quite a while to compose herself and only after gulping the cool drink that I had offered she was able to answer my question.
Don’t you know today is Akshaya Thritiya, an auspicious day to buy gold and jewellery? she said.
Well, yes, I know, that but I wouldn’t venture in the hot sun even if it would mean…
Savitha interrupted me saying, “This day will never come again, till a year. That’s why I was keen on purchasing the yellow metal as well as the white metal.”
But you could have gone in the evening when it would have cooled down a little, I said.
Impossible, I would have got sandwiched in all that crowd. In fact, after last year’s bitter experience, I decided never to shop during evening hours on Akshaya Thritiya, she said, stressing the words ‘impossible’ and ‘bitter’.
I could see her point. I asked her whether buying gold the previous year made her more prosperous .
Of course, it made me more prosperous as I have added to my collection of jewellery with every purchase, otherwise, I wouldn’t be buying it year after year for the past three years, she emphasised. “Also I bought a few sarees as well this time just to see if my wardrobe would enlarge,” she added.
But Savitha, doesn’t this auspicious day signify something else, probably something more important? I asked.
What is that? she asked raising her eyebrows.
That, whatever good you do today, the result will be doubled, I said.
For instance, if you gift something in cash or kind to the needy or deserving or participate in religious activities such as group chanting or…
Before I could say anything more, Savitha interrupted, saying, but Meera, I feel all that you suggest will only have a diminishing effect as it would mean money is going out of your pocket to spend on others. But if you buy gold, you are spending on yourself, don’t you see, she reasoned.
I saw her point but knew she would never be able to see mine.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao