05 March, 2012

Happy Ending.....

Madhav Rao was a rich kid who led a very nice, comfortable life, protected from most of the bad stuff in the world. One day, Madhav went to the movies to see a film he'd been dying to see. The problem was that he arrived a bit late, just as the last ticket was being sold to a very poor looking boy. The boy had been saving for weeks to buy this ticket. Realising there was no ticket left for himself, Madhav was furious, and started shouting and protesting, demanding that the boy hand his over.

"But why should I give you my ticket? I arrived before you did and I've paid for it", said the boy.

"Because I'm more important than you! Look at me! I'm rich and you are poor. Don't you see?", Madhav replied.

At that moment, a very distinguished looking man came over to Madhav and offered him a ticket, saying,

"Of course, my boy. You have more of a right than him to see this movie".

Then Madhav, in the most showy and superior way, walked off from the boy and entered the cinema. When he got inside the auditorium, Madhav looked around and was pleased to see that the place was filled with other rich children like himself. He made his way to a seat. However, as soon as Madhav sat down, he vanished and was somehow teleported onto the cinema screen. He realised he had turned into a movie character, playing the central role in many stories. And in all those stories Madhav started out with a lot of bad luck: a couple of times his parents disappeared, other times his house burned down and he lost all his money. In some stories he had to travel to countries where he didn't understand the language, in others he had to work straight from childhood, to help support all his brothers and sisters. Sometimes he found himself in a situation where everyone treated him like a fool, or like someone who had no feelings...

In all these stories, Madhav had to struggle terribly to survive and overcome his difficulties. He managed this, even though few people would have given him a hope. All the stories had a happy ending, in which a wise, fortunate, rich, and mysterious character would help Madhav to fulfil his dreams.

When all this came to an end, Madhav found himself back in his seat, feeling pretty shocked. He realised that in real life he had always been fortunate, and had never helped anyone to have a happy ending of their own. He felt terrible, and spent a long time in that seat, crying. Finally, an enormous smile broke over his face, and he left the cinema, almost dancing. He was happy because now he knew what he was going to do with his life. He was going to be that helpful person who comes to the aid of less fortunate people. He would be a maker of happy endings!

On his way home, over in the distance he saw the distinguished looking man who had given him the movie ticket. And Madhav realised that that man was the same one who had appeared at the end of all the stories on the cinema screen. The man who created happy endings.

Good or bad fortune does not make one a better or worse person, and we all have a responsibility to help the less fortunate.

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