Monday, August 13, 2012




Do you believe in giving gifts?

Do you give and forget?

Or do you give and remember?

If you give a gift to someone and always keep mentioning the fact again and again whenever you meet that person (or to someone else) then you need to read this classic Mulla Nasrudin Story:

An old friend of Mulla Nasrudin came to visit him one day from a distant village in the upcountry.

“Come with me. Let’s walk around the main promenade of my lovely town,” Nasrudin told his friend.

“Okay,” replied his friend, “but please lend me a good turban, since the turban I am wearing is quite worn out.”

“I will gift you a brand new turban,” Nasrudin said magnanimously.

Nasrudin took his friend to a cloth store and presented a beautiful turban to his friend, who was so delighted that he immediately wore it on his head and they walked out of the shop onto the street.

Just outside, they met an acquaintance of Mulla Nasrudin.

“This is my friend,” Nasrudin said, “I have just gifted him the elegant turban he is wearing on his head.”

The friend was deeply annoyed by the remark.

He waited until the acquaintance left and then said to Nasrudin, “Why did you make such a comment? What was the need of telling that stranger that this turban has been gifted by you to me? Please do not make such an embarrassing comment again.”

Soon they met another distinguished person and Nasrudin said, “This is my childhood friend and the splendid turban he is wearing on his head has not been gifted by me to him. Yes, he bought this turban himself, I did not present it to him.”

After the man left, the friend said angrily to Nasrudin, “What’s wrong with you? Why did you have to say all that? Please don’t say such embarrassing things again.”

So, the moment they met the next person, Nasrudin said, “This is my good friend and I have nothing to say about his turban. I will not tell you whether I gifted him that magnificent turban he is wearing or whether he bought it himself.”



Here is a quote by Catherine Ponder on “Giving”:

Your giving is sacred and therefore should be kept secret.
It is wise to give quietly with no strings attached…
--- Catherine Ponder

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 he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and 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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