Friday, October 2, 2009


Today is the 2nd of October. This day marks the birth anniversary of the rarest of gems of India. Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. They have been world leaders and lived life in the simplest possible way. I many times have thoughts about a simple life but have always failed and indulge in luxuries I can afford. In other words I am weak and vulnerable. These two great human beings have shown the way to a great, fulfilling and the simplest life. We read about Mahatma Gandhi a lot but very less is said and known about Lal Bahadur Shastri.
As a small boy he had to go without any footwear for a couple of years. He was not embarrassed to wear torn clothes even when he was the railway minister. He would eat whatever was served to him and in what ever form. He avoided fruit juices saying that he could not afford them. He never had security guards around him. When he passed away as the then Prime Minister Of India, he did not own a single house or a small piece of land. Infact he died in debt. Lal Bahadur Shastri lived his entire life sacrificing many things in life which he could have had being a government official. He found pride in his way of living.

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