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Story told by Azim Premji Wipro Chairman

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  1. aarthi

    aarthi New IL'ite

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    Story told by Azim Premji Wipro Chairman during his IIT Madras Convocation Speech



    An eight-year-old child heard her parents talking about her little brother. All she knew was that he was very sick and they had no money left. They were moving to a smaller house because they could not afford to stay in the present house after paying the doctor's bills. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there was no one to loan them the money.



    When she heard daddy say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, 'Only a miracle can save him now', the child went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Clutching the precious jar tightly, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to the local drug Store. She took a quarter from her jar and placed it on the glass counter.



    "And what do you want?" asked the pharmacist. "It's for my little brother," the girl answered back. "He's really, really sick and I want to buy a miracle."



    "I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist. "His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So how much does a miracle cost?"



    "We don't sell miracles here, child. I'm sorry," the pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl.

    "Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs."

    In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does you brother need?"

    "I don't know," she replied with her eyes welling up. "He's really sick and mommy says he needs an operation. But my daddy can't pay for it, so I have brought my savings".

    "How much do you have?" asked the man.

    "One dollar and eleven cents, but I can try and get some more", she answered barely audibly.

    "Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven cents the exact price of a miracle for little brothers."

    He took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other. He said, "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the kind of miracle you need." That well-dressed man was Dr Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn't long before Andrew was home again and doing well.

    "That surgery," her mom whispered, "was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?" The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost one dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.





    "Perseverance can make miracles happen "


    love always
    aarthi
     
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    meenu Bronze IL'ite

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    faith

    dear aarthi,
    that made nice reading.
    thank you
     
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    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    I believe in Miracles...

    Dear Aarthi,

    A lovely anecdote. Thouroughly enjoyed reading it and it brightens up one's perspective of life. We should always believe in miracles!

    L, Kamla
     
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    aarthi New IL'ite

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    thanks.....

    thanks for the responses. i have collected many snippets like these from different sites, friends,books etc. i am storing that in a word document for my daughter to read later on....... now she is only 2 yrs old. i'll try to post all the good snippets i have.... coz here at home or at office i have no person to share those good wordings..... i feel very happy when i share all those with this IL community.
    bye
    take care
    aarthi
     

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