Sarangan, the head of the family and Sadha his wife who both falls in the age group of 60 and 52 years respectively. Long ago they both lived in a town located in Tanjore district. He had a considerable set of Properties in their names and also they were running their own business that time. Their only son Ram excelled extremely well in studies. And his characteristics was very unique.
Although they were wealthy, he maintained no healthy relationships with anyone around him due to his prestige and egoistic nature .Due to his nature none of his relatives invited him to take part in any of the good or bad happenings in the family. But, Sadha who is typically opposite to her husband whose desires were to live in a joint family with so many people flooded in her place all the time. Because of her husband’s ill attitude everyone reflected their anger on her even though they knew that she loves them so much.
Everything went well for some period of time. Life is not going to remain the same for everyone till one’s end. When we are in a good position we need to conquer the hearts of many people than looking at them for our needs.
Sarangan’s son Ram, a studious guy, stood school second and completed his Post graduation from a well reputed Institution .He further wanted to pursue his higher education .So he approached his father for his Master’s degree in USA. The cost of making his son living in US was not a big task for Sarangan ,keeping in mind his son’s interest and determination he allowed his son to follow his dream.
Ram proceeded with his career. He went to US, finished his studies and settled with a good job. He used to send money for his family on a regular basis. Ram fell in love with a girl and got married and a girl child was born to him. When Sarangan came to know that his son has got married became furious but later on he was convinced. Ram was given a transfer and was asked to return to India. They got back here and settled along with his parents. But Ram’s wife was a person like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. She was more concerned about her child and husband and was totally not interested to look after his parents. She forced Ram to send his parents to Old age home.
After hearing this decision taken by Ram’s wife, Sarangan was heart broken down completely .Sadha could not bear the separation from her grand-daughter and family. As Ram wished they went to the Old age home to spend their remaining days. There they met so many people like them. Everyone had their own stories. Years rolled by, every day they both were eagerly waiting for their family to come back realizing their importance and love they had for them, but it went in vain.
Everyday someone will come to donate clothes or offer meals to all in that Old age home. On one fine day Sarangan saw 2 Sumo cars buzzing inside the Old age home and nearly 20 people got down from the cars. They have come to donate food that day. The black board displayed: “ Mr.Rengan’s family is the day’s sponsor. We are happy to Welcome them .“
Sarangan saw a huge crowd of varied age groups of people flooded outside. The announcement was made in the mike. All the people were asked to assemble in the Hall. Sarangan and Sadha went eagerly to hear about them. The Secretary of the Old age home introduced Mr.Rengan as the chairman of the most famous XYZ MNC company and asked him to deliver a speech.
The whole crowd silently squatted on the floor to listen to his speech. He looked highly simple though being a Chairman of a very big organization.
He started his speech saying “I warmly welcome everyone present here. I am not happy when I project myself as a Chairman of so and so company. With the whole hearted support extended by each and every person in my family has put me up to this position. Money does not come with one person till their graveyard ,only HIS/HER well nature and the people whom they have gathered in these many years will speak about them even after their life in this world. Joint family is the strongest support for my success. All could not have that blessings but one should capture the opportunity when it knocks the door. I don’t really blame your daughters/sons who have pushed you here caring a damn about you. It was YOU people who needs to be blamed. Having an elderly people at home is like gaining the blessings of god without going to temples. Being in a joint family is like curing the cancer disease without medicines. How a man becomes responsible, only the way he is shown the current status about his family and the things that he has learnt from others in his family practically. I recently spoke with a young girl in a get-together party in my company. She was my employee’s daughter. I was asking her “what do you think about family? “ and her answer was “Myself….., My mom and dad ….” . I immediately shot her the next question:”What about you grandpa and grandma?” .She was thinking for a while to reply me back. After nearly 2 minutes or so with a sad face she told:”I don’t know where they are living currently “. I was astonished hearing that and asked her “why? what happened? Do you wish to see them?” As soon as I asked she started crying .I was trying to convince and figure out the reason behind her tears. She told about her friend “Shreya comes to school daily with her grandpa and used to say what all she did with him and the stories he narrates for her every day before she goes to bed. But I don’t have anyone to say me stories 😦 “.I could feel the emotions of a little girl but don’t know how to help her from the issue. I somehow managed to convince her but I could not convince myself listening to her.
If we have taught our children about various relations and brought them up in a Joint family they wouldn’t have shown us the path to the Old age home. Half of a Man’s life goes in studies, job and marriage life and the final half determines him what he has achieved in his first half of his life. Money doesn’t take to heights but just the love, care and bond that we have for all in our family speaks till our end.” Once he concluded his speech Sarangan was almost in tears. Mr. Rengan noticed him crying. After the lunch time he personally called Sarangan and spoke to him. He came to know that Ram who works in his company and the little girl to whom he spoke the other day was Sarangan’s grand-daughter. At last Mr.Rengan’s became extremely happy. He immediately rang to Ram and spoke about Sarangan.
He realized how cruel he was all these years being egoistic and developing grudge over others in his family. He realized he had missed the love, care and affection of everyone including his parents and the pain they would have undergone when he walked off from his house. He wrote a letter to his brothers and told them what he felt completely. He apologized to them all. At last Sadha’s desires were fulfilled. They were very thankful to Mr.Rengan up till last.
Friends …. Can we imagine how our childhood days would be without our granny tales? A small walk with our innocent childlike talks that we discuss with our grandfather while getting back from school with a aasai chocolate stuffed and kept munching in one side giving them a happy feel with our funny mannerisms; Eagerly waiting for our uncles to get back home after a tiring day at their work place just to ask for a ride the bajaj scooters [one of the popular vehicle those days] ,enjoying our life to the most, being naughty ,worry-free, joyful and a brisk kid both mentally and physically and grow up the same manner extending our family circle with new comers, joining our crew to sail the boat by exchanging our love ,affection, care and feelings. When we are down there will be someone to push you up ,there will be lot of helping hands when we are totally out of track, siblings love ,guidance to understand the mind set of all people in the family ,handle the situation and what not. Remember Charity beings at home J United we stand divided we fall. Remember these words in life, spread the happiness and strong relations being in a JOINT FAMILY .