Wednesday, November 23, 2016


My father told me this story yesterday.

In the book 'Discovery of India', Nehru writes about the Bengal famines. Nehru tells the story of a man who sat opposite a sweet shop. He kept looking longingly at the sweets behind the glass pane and whilst watching that, he died of starvation. Nehru wrote that the tragedy was not so much that the man died but that he did not pick up a stone to shatter the case.

I cannot get that story out of my gut.

1 comment:

Jagdeep Kaur said...

The true tragedy is that he was allowed to die, right in front of a sweet shop. We are dead within.