Friend - I recently met some one who was offered Magsaysay award. He refused and then they asked him to be part of the award comittee. He refused that too.
Aparna Krishnan Yes. Tell me who.
Friend - No no lets leave it there. He is a Gandian
In the recent talk to students he said Vinoba had advised him to be always a zero. A zero doesn't have value of its own but when any other numeral gets attached before it it adds a lot of value.
The other thing he said was very beautiful - Be poor. Be always with the poor. ( ezhaiyay iru ezhaikalodu iru)
Aparna Krishnan - i am going to paste this without giving your name. ok ?
Friend - no no don't do that
Aparna Krishnan - ayyo why ?
Friend - Its a futile exercise. They will only say he had black money. hence didn't want to be in limelight
Aparna Krishnan - One in thousand will grasp. Or maybe one in 100.
Friend -if it is one in million i will be happy. Definitely not one in ten thousamd
Aparna Krishnan - all village people will understand. I wish the educated norons would leave this land.
Friend -It is just enough if they leave them alone
Aparna Krishnan - They wont. Their hands are itching to 'develop the illiterate'.