Thursday, October 16, 2008


What do we do when we are hungry? Very silly question! We eat, of course! What is there to think so much about it?

Now let us see what happens to some people when they are hungry.

I had a job in Hotel Mermaid. The road leading from Vytilla to the hotel is very narrow. As I was driving through this narrow road, there was a traffic block. A huge lorry was blocking the traffic and vehicles could not pass. There was lot of shouting and hooting. More and more vehicles were coming on both sides and chocking up the road. There was no policeman in sight. It looked as though it will take some time for the traffic to start flowing.
So I got out of the car and went to a road side restaurant to have a cup of tea and pass the time. As I was idly sipping the tea, two laborers entered the hotel. They ordered breakfast. One asked for puttu, kadala and tea and the other ordered two appams with little sugar and tea. The one who ordered appam and tea, ate ravenously and finished the tea in a few gulps. Then he told the hotel owner that he will pay the money later.

The hotel owner became very furious. He started screaming,” You should have told me you had no money before eating. I already have a big list of people who come here and eat without paying money.. They owe me more than RS.4000. I don’t have time to run after these people. You better pay the money or you will regret it.”

The man looked totally ashamed of himself. He looked miserably at his friend and pleaded with him to pay the money. The friend grinned at him, ate fast, paid his own bill and walked out. The man was frightened and helpless. The hotel owner was glowering at him with a scowl on his face.

In the meanwhile the traffic jam was easing up. It was time for me to go. I got up, gave a twenty rupee note and told the owner to take my payment and also the payment of the man who had no money. The hotel owner tried to protest and justify his anger. I was not interested. The total bill came to just Rs.13 ( Rs.3 for my tea and Rs.10 for the man’s breakfast!)

I walked out of the hotel fast without looking at the hapless man.

Now tell me, my friend, what will you do if you have no money and you are hungry?


Mel said...

Joseph, Thank you and God Bless you for paying for that poor man's lunch! What a way to be the hands and feet of Christ in a broken world. I pray that he will return the favor by blessing someone else in the future.

Have a great day!

In Christ,

skyjuice7 said...

Easy. I will fast.

K M F said...

thanks for your visit and to nice comment
very nice post

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Hello Sir,

Small things we can contribute to others are the steps we take towards God. The Great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, while writing about investment says, the best place to invest your money is the stomach of a hungry man. Your act of brotherly love reminds me of it and encourages me in such acts.

Thank you.

Photos are beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful day.

JM said...

Very nice post as usual! Hunger is something I really can't understand on the 21st century!...

Joseph, I was awarded the BFF (blogging friends forever) Golden Card by Marie from Malta Daily Photo (click the banner on my blog). Now it's my turn to pass this award to other bloggers and I have chosen you.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

HI JM :)

I am greatly honored and flattered at your decision. Needless to say, I am also thrilled and motivated.

Many,many thanks :)

God bless you!

JM said...

Joseph I forgot to tell you this is not the awarded blog, but 'Oeiras and environs daily photo', check it on my profile and click to see the banner. Download it to your blog and choose other bloggers you like to award.

Maria said...

Hallo Joseph, it was very kind of you to pay the poor man's breakfast. I don't know what I would do if I were hungry. I would look for support in my family.
I hope that I will not get in a situaton like that.
Thank you for your long and enthusiastic comment on my blog. So sad that the trees in your city were cut down for a helipad. But at least the president tried to apologize...
I wish you all the best and have a nice weekend!

venus66 said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

inventivesoul said...

You are a kind soul.