It happened some years ago but I can recall the evening like it happened just last week.
I was in an audience listening to a motivational guru.
At this point, the speaker whipped out his wallet and pulled out a five-hundred rupee note.
Holding it up, he asked, “Who wants this five hundred rupee note? No strings attached, I assure you.”
An amount not to be scoffed at in those days.
For a moment the audience was taken by surprise at this unusual offer. Quickly recovering, a few hands went up quite hesitatingly. Picking up courage thereafter, lot of hands went up. Including mine.
As the excitement built up, people stood up and shouted to get his attention.
I began to wonder who the lucky one would be that the speaker would choose and what would be the basis.
And I also secretly wondered — and I am sure others did too — why he would simply give away five hundred rupees. There must be a catch somewhere I’m not seeing.
Even as the shouts of grew louder with arms pumping into the air, I noticed a young woman running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the dias, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the five hundred-rupee note from his hand.
The audience did not know what to make of this unexpected display of unabashed ‘impetuosity’. .
“Well done, young lady, it’s all yours,” said the speaker into the microphone. Winking slyly at us he said: ‘I told you there were no conditions to claim.’
Making his point, he said, ‘We wanted the five-hundred rupees on offer. And we waited for the good thing to happen to us. Not content with wanting, this lady here acted and made it happen for herself.’
Source: Adapted from a Fwd from Prof R. D. Kumar (ex-I I T, Mumbai) and image from clipartist.net