The Simple Life

What is a simple life? Does it mean ignorance? Does your shabby dress make you a simple life? Or does wearing a good dress make you less simple? Simple life lies both in physical appearance and inner heart. A person may seem to be simple but in his heart – he is not a simple man. A person may appear to be a very complicated and discourteous seeing his dress but he lives a simple life. We cannot say a person living a simple life seeing his dress or appearance. A simple man life can be perceived from his speech and character rather than dress and appearance.
What make him to live a simple life? Is that because of his ignorance or is that because of his lack of knowledge? Is it that because of his unintelligent? Is that because he has inferiority complex? Is it important to live a simple life? What kind of message does he sends out to other through his simple life? Why he loves to live a simple life? What are the others perception or view on him living a simple life? Can he changes his simple life easily? Simple life is a character of a man and he cannot easily change due to some simple reason. He loves the simple life and he lives a simple life. A man living a simple life seems to be weak but he is a man of meek. Many learned men become simpler as they learned more and more; they live a very simple life. He cannot be easily defeated by the past, present and future adversities. He is also shrewd in all his works. It would easier to deceive of a man of showy than to a man that lives a simple life. How many people love this simple life? A simple life seems to be less impressive to many people especially the man of ostentation.

A man with simple life has lots of people around him. It shows that many people appreciate his life. A man with sarcastic attitude cannot embrace many people like a man with simple attitude. There is no man more respected than a man of simple life with high thinking. A man with a simple life can mingle with different kinds of people. Many people want to live a simple life but they cannot live a simple life because of his character and attitude, which made him to be a difference person. A simple life comes from attitude and character of a man. Some people are born with meek character and live a simple life. But there are many people who live a simple life due to inspiration from a man living a simple life. Does a man born in an ordinary family make him to live a simple life? No, never, born in an ordinary or royal family is no a matter to live a simple life; born in an ordinary family is nothing to do with a simple life.

Simple men are born both in an ordinary and royal family. Many people learned to live a simple life born in an ordinary and royal family. A man with simple life can live a simple life also complex life. But a man living and having a showy life is difficult to live a simple life unless there is transformation taken place in his life. A man living a simple life due to some problems in life changes again his simple way of life when the situations changed. But a man living a simple life after receiving inspiration from others may no change his simple ways of life. A learned man living a simple life and a life changed due to inspiration is different from a life that changed due to difficult situation. A life changed due to inspiration from others cannot change easily because he loves such kind of life. But a man’s life changed due to bad or good situation will change his life when the situation is changed.

A man lives a simple life no because of the situations. Situation is no the main asset for man to live a simple life; it is only his desire and love that makes him to live such a simple life. Our wants decide our ways of life. Dress does not make a man’s life simpler or more complicated. A simple life does not lies on dress or physical appearance. It lies in the heart of a man.

@Dr. Thohe Pou

August 2007 (


Unpopular Rich and Educated Man in the Town

Who knows you may be one of the richest and educated men in the town. But you may no know – you are the most unpopular educated or rich man in the town until you over-heard from some one talking in the tea stall.

I was shocked to learn that Mr. Shamee John is a very rich and educated person but every one in this town dislikes him. He is such a rich and educated person and I can’t understand why people dislike him in many aspects.  Every time he comes to our home town, people talk only his negative aspects; it seems he is the only person in the town who has done nothing good for the town.  Why every one in the town does not recognize his riches and high degree that he had earned? We must respect such an educated and rich person in this town.

Oh I really can’t understand why people are against him. He hardly comes to our home town; only few people keep in touch with him but why everyone knows and dislikes him? Many people may talk against him and dislike him but I respect him as he is rich and well educated person. For some years I keep questioning myself, “Why this people dislike him instead of having pride to have such a rich and well educated person in their town?”

One day when I met Mr. Kompee James during one of the seminars, he told me the whole story, “See you came to this town only 2-3 years back but you must be aware of all those development coming to our town. Well, who has brought all these development in our town? Do you think that all the rich and educated people contribute something for the development in our town?”

“When we need money urgently for our Town Community Hall building, we went to many people for help. We have contacted all the rich men in our town. But there were only a few rich men who came forward to help us in building this Town Community Hall. Infact, we were expecting some contribution from all the rich men for our Hall building.”

Then I asked him again, “But why you people dislike this particular rich and educated person?” He narrated me further, “You see there are some more rich people like him in our town and most of them invested their money in our home town. But you know this rich chap has not a single penny that has invested in our home town. As we compare to other rich people here, he is richer than any one here in this town.

When we need money, he refused to lend us money; when we seek intellectual help; he had flatly rejected on pretends of his heavy schedule in his own office and other personal work. Last year there was also a seminar on ‘Intellectuality and Economic Development’. He was one of the main speakers in our Seminar. But he did not come to the seminar even after his confirmation and program were printed out. What kind of intellectuality and richness he has got that will benefit for us society?”

The people in the town want and expect that such kind of rich people to invest some money in our town. They should also contribute their knowledge for their society so that the young generation also may learn from them. But he is good only for himself and for his family.

Mr. Kompee James narrated me further, “I have also learnt from some reliable source i.e. from one of his friends in the city that he is also unhelpful to his friends and people around him. If he is not even helpful to his friends and people surrounding him, how can we expect now to contribute his intellects and richness to our society? He has every right to do with his intellects and richness then why are we so disturb and dislike him?

It is rightly said, ‘Man is a social animal’ and we love to live a community life. But today due to advance in science and technology and many other advances; people are becoming more individualistic. But it never means that one can live alone happily without having good environment, friends or the society.”

He continues to narrate and gave comparison on those people who are not very rich and educated like him and he said that there are some people in the town who are highly esteem for their valuable contribution for the society in the town even though they are no rich and well educated like him.

After interacting with Mr. Kompee James, I have many questions that arise in me. Here I came to learn that the people in the town expect every rich and educated people to contribute something good for the society. Many of us may ignore what Mr. Kompee James has narrated to me, but I think we may need to ponder what we are contributing for our society in our town or for our society.

Are we educated and rich? If we are not rich like other people in the town, are we educated and knowledgeable person who can contribute something good for the society? If we are not rich and highly educated like others, what we can contribute for our society?

In which field we can contribute for our society? Do the people give respect and trust only those people who contribute something beneficial for the society?

The question came spontaneously to my mind and I continue to ask many more questions to myself – why the rich and educated people who have not contributed for the society are snubbed in the society? What make the rich and educated people ignore their own society or town? Do we need to contribute something for the society to be recognized by our society? Are we now living in an individualistic society? Why do we need to consider the other persons in the same society or town?

I have got many more questions to be asked. When I try to answer some of those questions, I have got some answers but there are many questions that I can’t be answered instantly. So as you read this article, you may continue to raise more questions and ponder yourself and bring the best result for yourself to decide.


@Dr. Thohe Pou, This article was webcasted on July 03, 2007

A Good Lesson

A young man, a student in one of our universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students‘ friend, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.

The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”

“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”

The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes; but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it round, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin. His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

God Bless you !!!
By: Vishal Bhadlekar