Friday, July 6, 2007

A True Story

In the last Diwali vacation, my couple of friends had gone to Delhi . They rented a taxi for local sight-seeing.

The driver was an old sardar, and boys being boys, they began cracking sardarji jokes, just to insinuate the old man.

But to their surprise, the fellow remained unperturbed.

At the end of the sight-seeing, they paid up the hire-charges. The sardar returned the change.

Moreover, he gave each one of them one rupee extra and said, (in Hindi , of course) , ''son, since morning you have been telling sardarji jokes. I listened to them all and let me tell you, some of them were in a very bad taste. Still, I don't mind coz I know that you are young blood and are yet to see the world. But I have just one request. Here I am giving you one rupee each. Give it to the first sardar beggar that you come across in this city."

After several days, my friends still had that one rupee coin with them. they couldn't find a single sardar begging on the streets of Delhi." Friends, we all love sardar jokes. But the fact of matter is that Sikhs are one of the most prosperous and diversified communities in the world. The secret behind their universal success, according to me , is their willingness to do any job with utmost dedication.. A sardar will drive a truck or set up a roadside garage or a dhaba, but he will never beg on the streets. Are we just going to pass on long forwarded mails of sardar jokes, or are we going to try and bring our own community on par with theirs?

Courtesy - A Friend From C-DOT

1 comment:

aalok said...

yeah to sach hai sardar bahiyon ke baare main, i have been to punjab and never saw one sardar bhai begging