“Neki kar aur dariya mein daal…” – Do Good and Throw it in the River

Are You Drowning in Obligations…?

Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/drowning-in-obligations.html

DROWINING IN OBLIGATIONS (A Story By VIKRAM KARVE)

Once upon a time – while crossing the flimsy log bridge – a woman fell into a deep river.

The woman did not know how to swim – and – she started drowning in the river.

The woman was rescued from drowning by a man – a “good samaritan”.

Later – every time the “good samaritan” met the woman – he reminded her of how he had saved her life by rescuing her drowning in the river.

Whenever he met the woman – the “good samaritan” emphasized his good deed – and – he repeated ad nauseam how the woman should be grateful to him for her being being alive.

This went on and on – every time the woman met the “good samaritan” – he reminded her of his good deed – how he had saved her life by jumping into the river and rescuing her from drowning.

The woman was absolutely fed up.

One day – while crossing the river at the same bridge – the woman saw the “good samaritan” approaching her from the other side.

The moment she saw the “good samaritan” man – the woman suddenly jumped into the river – and – she began drowning.

The “good samaritan” man saw the spectacle of the woman jumping into the river.

The “good samaritan” man ran towards the spot and he shouted to the drowning woman:

“What’s wrong with you…? Why did you jump into the river…? Don’t worry – I am coming to save you…!”

The “good samaritan” man was about to jump into the water to save the drowning woman – when he heard the woman shouting at him:

“No! No! Please don’t jump and save me. Let me drown. It is better for me to drown in the river – rather than drown in your obligations…” 

MORAL OF THE STORY 

It is best to do good and forget about it

As they say in Hindi: 

Neki kar aur dariya mein daal… 

(Do Good and Throw it in the River) 

VIKRAM KARVE

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Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/drowning-in-obligations.html

Revised Extract repost of my article OBLIGATIONS posted by me online many times earlier in my blogs including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2008/08/wisdom-stories.html  and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/03/obligation.html etc

1 Comment »

  1. 1

    haha I love the anthology. We should always do things with a pure mind and obligation is such a negative energy that drains us to death.

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