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About Devang Desai

An accountant's journey of 40 years gathering non- financial insights about people , their relationships & their environment . Learning from the experiences of the many who have travelled before and trying to create enjoyable readings from words , ideas and self-realizations .

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“Average US citizen consumes five times more meat and milk and twenty times more eggs than the inhabitant of Bolivia – miners are below national average; of every 2 children born in mining camps, one dies soon after opening his eyes. The other survivor will surely grow up to be a miner. And before he is thirty-five, he will have no lungs.”

“Tinplate is made from tin, and the tin is worth nothing : half a dozen people fix its global price. Most of the tin refined in the world is consumed in the US. What does the Bolivian miner’s bitter life matter to the consumer of preserves or the money-exchange manipulators?”

While surfing the shelves in the many malls, I read the above in a book presented to me. And I wondered, what if I were that miner! At age 30, what if I had to come here for a lung transplant?

 And I listened to Bob Dylan’s …….

“Come senators, congressman

Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway 

Don’t block up the Hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin’ …”

 And I listened to the real, inner us ……

 “Come , Friends and Foes, alight

Lets do things, ways apart, to delight

Let us be brave and conquer the fear of the ordinary

And continue the Frankenstein game of creating the extraordinary

A few guilty, among us, rolled the dice of “up there” Someone

A few  creative, among us, want here to be that ONE

So we make laws, break vows, threaten Star Wars

All, to not do the routine, humanity abhors 

So what if many routinely perish

For, then how will the few cherish? 


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1 Response Comment

  • Boijayanto_Mukherjee18/11/2018 at 3:27 PM

    A very elegant piece of writing, something totally out-of-the-box. This tale is exceptionally condensed- in both writing as well the message that people would need repeated reading to understand. On the surface, it seems rather arrogant and narcissistic, but on closer look, this might just be the bitter truth. A special round of applause for quoting the evergreen idol Bob Dylan.
    This came as a total surprise; to find such gems is a rarity, even on the Internet. For the sake of masses, the ending could’ve used a bit of soft ending, rather than leaving it on the surrealistic end.

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