Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Life and Americans....

Thanks to karthikeyan Arumugham who is my seniour in Amrita instt for forwarding this wonderful and meaningful story.

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village.
An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of
his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs
and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with
my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, play the guitar,
and sing a few songs...

I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you!

You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra
fish you catch.
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one
and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate
directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.
You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los
Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really
interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your
business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make

"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the
coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta
with your wife and spend your evenings
doing what you like and enjoying your friends."

that what exactly am doing now." said the Mexican..

You know what I am taking right its for you to decide the moral of the story...

1 comment:

Prasanth "PC" Chandrahasan said...

Good post, though heard before with an Indian government officer as the hero. Guess what the one who made that version of story could be an American who tasted the Indian babudom and your version could be an anti-american.