Thursday, June 3, 2010


I am reproducing a story which I read long long ago :

A reasonably rich businessman was coaxed by his wife to place his old father who used to suffer frequently from cough, cold and fever due to advancing age in a separate room on the outer side of house as they feared he would spread virus to all. They also started serving him food & water etc in discardable earthenware to avoid contamination of utensils. One day he found his 7 years old son washing used earthenware and putting them aside in the store. On being asked the son replied “ Father, you and mother too will be old one day, why should I waste money to buy new earthenware for you two?”


The Bald Guy said...

Isn't this an old Hindi movie too?

Situation differs in every household though.

Being Pramoda... said...

yeah, i too remember this, we had it in school english lesson..there the smart boy made a wooden bowl instead..

thats a good moral and children shall bemade aware o fth elove and care that their grand parents have for them.:)

By the way, hws ur grand daugter? any new stories frm her?


everyone should enjoy the phase of life takin into mind it will pass away ...whatever it is youth or old age nothing is permanent but only parents can put into the minds of thier kids to respect old people...sometimes in life kids teach some moral things to their parents coz of their innocent hearts...tak cre!

♦ Crazy Diamond ♦ said...

Oh GOD! seriously!

you know, what you sow so shall you reap. i believe in that

Starry-eyed nut said...

But there are also instances where parents make life miserable for their kids by being overbearing and pointing a finger out at everything they do. Its a delicate balance.....and there is just no right way!

Sophia Ali said...

Hi Unlce Jack...Old fable that needs to read again and again.....

Jack said...

T B G :

There have been movies on the similar themes. I agree situation is not same in all families. I was just trying to put across that whatever you do, be prepared to face the consequences of your actions too. Take care


Family bonding is the best for happiness of each and everyone. However elders must also give due space to their youngsters. Take care

B S :

The famous saying " Child is the father of man " is not without any reason. Take care

C D :

Absolutely right. Take care


I am fully with you on this statement. I have written a post on Parents Children Relationship sometime ago. Kindly do give me your views on that. Take care


So nice to see you. Hope you be regular in writing and visiting. Take care

♫♪♥Lonely Dreamer♥♪♫ said...

This one is nice :)
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you liked my poem!

Rinkal said...

i too was thinking of writtting something like this

this is like"jesa karoge vasa bhugtoge"
in our gujrat one gujrati music director made whole vcd and after hearing it childrens kept their parents with care

Escapist said...

Thats the study material for his parents.....


Jack said...


Thanks for appreciating it. I left my comment on the later post also. You write very well. Take care


Please do write your post also. It will be worth reading. Take care


Not only his parents but for modern youngsters also. Take care

Tranquility Speaks said...

Oh my! I'm reading this for the first time. But what an important lesson!

WarmSunshine said...

as you sow, so shall you reap!!

Jack said...


I am so overwhelmed that you not only visited but read so many of my posts and gave your views individually on each. Thank you very much. We have told our son to take his own decision as it is their life. We are only guest artists now, isn't it? While writing about Bribes, I wanted to convey that why should we not do our good deeds all the time instead of promising God those in return of some favour? It is so nice of you to appreciate this one.

Take care


Exactly. Take care

Mannu said...

Jack, I read a little about cultures recently, the eastern versus the western. We are Collectivist society and they are Individualist Society . many cite these as the cause of excessive trouble with our kind of democratic system of governance.
I can feel and see some seeds of these failures in these kinds of stories!
Scientific Facts: Human offspring has the long span of childhood days.
Scientific Facts : Of all the species on earth, it is only the humans, where some societies expect children to live alongwith all life!
Society needs a change: By introducing compulsory basic eductaion for all persons, and particularly for children.
Needs to develop institutions and organisations to help people in need: all kinds:- physically challenged, differently-abled, the oldies, and so many.
Don't expect the same story and same lessons from the economically disadvantaged groups.
In the present context, it has become a problem even in the urbanised household where children have become eductaed, the national economy has liberalised, foreign multinationals have paved a way in, and the parental generation has continued with the old thinking.! in my own house , i m in a very bad terms with my father, and continuing relations with tremendous strain. I could see same story in another family freind, an IAS topper, who married a widow batchmate, against his family wishes,outside caste . And yet again, a girl classmate, who suffered divorce so realy in life because parents married her off to a person who had virtually no personal qualifications, but only his strong family linkages.!
In all these episodes, the parents are responsible for mis-decisions, and children are continuing to bear the burden of relationship out of such stories told to them in their childhood days. Perhaps, in the process, the parents forgot to learn for themselves, and modernise their thinking in the open economy of nation.!
Many small cities are turning into oldage homes, because the children are moving to emerging metros, Banglore, Hyderabad, Pune, NOida, because of job factors.
So, new institutions will have to emerge to support the oldies, and huge investments in the healthcare system will have to be reckoned to bring about a free-spirited society where such emotioanlly subverting tales may have no place.

Jack said...


I am so glad that you raised very pertinent points. In reply I will request you to kindly read my following posts :


I think these may give you the replies.

Take care