Friday, July 27, 2012



Do you worry too much about the future…?
Do you plan every aspect of your life in meticulous detail…?
Are you planning to buy life insurance? 
Or to put it another way, is someone trying to sell you life insurance?
Then, maybe it is apt for you to read this famous Mulla Nasrudin story which exemplifies a simple philosophical approach to life:

An eminent group of academicians and scientists of all specializations who were passing by Mulla Nasrudin’s town had heard about his fame as the “wise philosopher” so they decided to meet him. 

They sought an appointment with the great Mulla Nasrudin and he asked them to meet him at midnight, so at the stroke of the midnight hour  they all  came to Mulla Nasrudin and said: “We have been travelling all over the world interacting with experts, researching, calculating and even contemplating for years trying to determine when the world will come to an end. Yet we still have not found out the answer. Tell us, Mulla Nasrudin, do you know when the end of the world will be…?”

Nasrudin coolly answered: “Of course I know… in fact I have known that information for a long time….”

“What…? You know the answer…?” the dumbfounded scientists, academicians and specialists exclaimed and asked Nasrudin, “Are you sure…? Have you have really calculated when it will be the end of the world…?”

 “Of course, Nasrudin said nonchalantly, “I know the precise moment when the world will come to an end.”

“Really…?” the astounded group of experts said incredulously, and then they all pleaded with Nasrudin, “Please tell us when the world will come to an end… please tell us… please share your knowledge with us…”

“Okay…I will tell you… the end of the world will be exactly when I die… yes, the moment I die, at that precise moment will be the end of the world,” Mulla Nasrudin said confidently.

“When you die…? The end of the world will be the exact moment when you die…? Are you sure…? Are you certain that will be the end of the world…?” the bewildered scientists, academicians and specialists asked Mulla Nasrudin.

“Yes… The end of the world will be the moment I die – certainly for me it will be the end of the world…” Nasrudin said with finality, The end of the world will be the moment I die”  and the with a triumphant wave of his hand, Mulla Nasrudin briskly walked away.

Moral of the Story: It is best to live one day at a time (in day-tight compartments).

So, Dear Reader: Whenever you start worrying about the distant future and are tempted to make long term plans just remember this Mulla Nasrudin story.

And do remember to tell this story to someone who tries sell you a Life Insurance Policy. 

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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1 comment:

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