Ek din ka Raja

“How many kilometers are we from Mumbai Airport?”

 “120 KM, Sir”

 “My flight to Singapore starts two and a half hours from now and we have just started! Why has he built the factory so far away?”

 “The cost of land and labour is very less here, when compared to the suburbs of Mumbai”

 “Was I really required for this call? You guys could have closed it yourselves”

 “They are our long standing customers and your presence as a CEO just helped position our deal in the right perspective. As you know, the competition was trying its best to drop prices and create havoc here”

 “Can you stop the car and get some mineral water from nearby? I am feeling very thirsty”

 “I am afraid we won’t get mineral water in these villages. The nearest town is 45 KM away. But we can drink some tender coconut water, if you are very thirsty”

 “Are they hygienic?”

 “Yes Sir, pretty much. Nothing to worry”

 “Ok then, stop the car. Well have it and leave exactly in five minutes. If we delay, we might miss the flight”

 By the time they finished drinking the tender coconut water, a group of kids were admiring the big car. While he was handing over the money to the vendor, a hundred rupee note accidentally fell off from his purse.  One of the kids noticed this, picked up the money and knocked the door of the car, after they sat inside. Misunderstanding the kid’s gesture for begging, they started the car and made a slight forward movement. On seeing this, the other kids came in the way of the car and started waving their hands – gesturing to stop the car, thereby effectively blocking the car from moving forward. The back door of the car opened”

 “What do you guys want?”

 “Saahb, Apke sow rupiya ka note wahan gir gaya tha. Yeh lijiye..”

 “You stopped the car for giving this 100 Rupees? Do you know the cost of my time? Do you know how much my every second counts? It will be in Dollars, not even in rupees! Do you know what will be the loss to my company if I miss the flight today? You guys can never understand all this. And what can a mere 100 Rupees get you these days? Now, get out of my way”

 “Saahb kya bol raha hai?”

 “Usko yeh paisa nahi chaahiye”

 “O, Shukriya Saahb. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. Aaj mein aap sub ko khilaunga. Hum rasagulla khayenge, mithayiyan khayenge, samose khayenge, nariyal ka paani peyenge aur lassi bhi piye. Bahut maaza aayega. Ek din ka raja bangaye hum. Ek din ka raja. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.“

  

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22 Replies to “Ek din ka Raja”

    1. Quite Simple: I am translating the last para for you: "Yaaaaaaay. I will treat all of you today. We will eat rasagulla, we will eat candies, we will eat samosas, we will drink coconut water, we will also drink lassi. We will have a lot of fun! We are the kings for one day! That is the title of the post – King for one day!

      Destination Infinity

      PS: Please learn hindi very soon, it's quite important – the whole of bollywood movies and songs are in Hindi 🙂

  1. Amazing potrayal DI!! I am more than impressed by this article!

    It gives, the fact of how blind we can turn to obvious things around us as we move through various phases of Life….like age,money etc

    The secret of Happiness, keeping the view clear through all these phases may be!!

    1. I really don't know if a person can be always happy (I mean throughout his/her life). And I don't think there is a way to live happily ever after. Even for the cleverest/ wisest person. This is only my point of view and might be totally wrong too. I hope it is!

      Destination Infinity

  2. That was a very touching piece. Those little kids were enjoying life amidst poverty. Somethings people forget when they only think about work all the time.

  3. My father used to tell me "there is no point doind plain BSc. and I used to say I am not doing plain BSc,I am doing Masala BSc.
    I guess they were having wonder years around that time on TV.All of us watched it together.

    1. 🙂 The initial episodes of Wonder years were too good, when both of them are young. But later on, it becomes slightly repetitive. But a great programme nevertheless, it used to come when we just returned from school and we loved it!

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