It is indeed the Lord’s blessings to have all that you want in life, but do you have to tom-tom about it always and run down others. I salute my maid who is carrying for the past two months working in 3 to 4 houses and works at her home too before she winds up to sleep, including going for her daily bazaar. She does not have any calcium supplements or vitamins for her body, she is not aware of it too. Is not life a learning process rather than a process of fight for power and name! What are we so proud of; give me one thing that I have earned with my money that I can take with me towards my journey to heaven. I cannot think of anything, if any of you around there can, do let me know. Then why few try to run down others so harshly! Let me introduce you to Naina. The other day, I got off from my company vehicle at my gate and ran towards the stairs as it was pouring. Naina was waiting on the stairs for her DH to come down and open the car for a quick hop. “You did not carry your umbrella”, she asked me “I have it in my bag, but it is just few steps from the gate to the stairs so I decided to run”. “I have never carried an umbrella all my life, I thank my stars for it, I did not have to do all this. Even now I have a car and am moving around in it. In those days, I would just take a cab or rickshaw and reach home.” I just nodded and moved away. Another incident I would like to quote. Naina looks down upon females who have to go to work. She has worked for a bank for 6 months on temporary basis (for the heck of it). I heard her telling my friend Sonal, “I feel pity for girls who have to go to work, what they get out of it, a pay cheque that can forfeit one EMI of a house, that’s it. They are slaves to their company and boss. I thank my stars I never had to go to work; my husband gives me pocket money which you girls must be earning the whole month. I am not boasting, but thanking my stars. I never had to do it”. Sonal was hurt, I asked her to let it go and ignore her remarks. We had a Dutch party and Naina was invited. I contribute 150 for one person and she contributes the same for 5 saying her kids are small and they do not eat much! “I have secured myself financially and my kids can have a life of a queen. Gold, diamonds and other luxurious articles are in abundance and I have told them about it too. We can make guys stand in a queue for our daughters and beg for their hands. They do not have to study to earn and make a living nor do they have to struggle in life, with such able parents backing them”. Naina’s statements hurt many invites in the party. Was she doing it deliberately or is it her nature to be that way? Everyone kept pondering over their sleep that night. Naina was talking to Vimala, “How can people have only few apparels in their wardrobe and keep wearing them again and again. I buy around 7 to 8 sets of salwar suits every month and get them stitched. I have seen people wearing limited number of clothes, not that I am pointing out to their financial conditions, but, it is so shameful to carry oneself that way”. Vimala was in tears as she had 2 sons studying for Medicine and a daughter getting ready for Software. She had planned budget and could not afford such luxuries. “My husband has given me freedom to do all that I want to do, I live a life of my own and he never bothers me”, she would croon with pride. I am the youngest in the group, but as usual the shoulder for all tears to flow. I could not take Naina and her false boosts for long. I decided to pay her in the same coin. She came to me saying, “My husband, blah…. “I did not let her continue. Naina, your husband has given you all the freedom, love and extravagant life; pray that your daughters also get the same life after marriage. You can buy a man for them, you can’t change his attitude. Can you? She was quiet. I had to teach her a lesson. The other day I told her, “Tanya Godrej is also working, Neeta Ambani is also working, and does that mean, their husbands are poor or their father has not given them any share in the family”. She was quiet. Every Sunday, I cook different dishes and now have also started trying out my sweets. I purposely give her a plate full to taste. Naina never enters the kitchen. “I can afford to eat out everyday, it is cheaper for me than cooking for one person, but I love to cook and more when I have people coming home. It gives me a pride of being a woman”. I lambasted. Her husband quietly tastes the dishes and a little later I could hear her shouting at her kids (venting anger may be!). It was another lesson on the way. Again she came in to my hands, “Your husband has given you all the luxury as an indirect payment for being his wife and being the mother of his children. Stop being his wife and let me see how much money comes in to your kitty. Stop being mother for his kids and let me see, if he still gives you the luxury”. I knew she hated me for this and may be has started hating me. Someone had to teach her a lesson. How can someone keep throwing weight on others? The other day she was asking me, “Why are you praying so much in the morning? Are you going the saintly way?” “No, I am thanking God, for the beautiful life that he has given me and the spare time, I have in the morning, I do not want to waste it watching TV. I have kept it for prayers so that I can get salvation. Why waste in gossips and bitching?” She was quiet once again. We are all proud to be blessed and we thank God for our life, does that mean we have to look down upon others?DrowningDrowning Have you met a Naina in life!