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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

My first experience of watching a belly dancing!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

Living beyond one’s means is that he is always living ahead of himself, spending money that hasn’t yet landed in his pocket.

He may dream of some overtime payment or bonus but on failing to realize any of these, he will be reluctantly forced to adopt some corrupt practices to meet his commitments.

Everyone should bear in mind that the secret of contentment is to know how to enjoy with what one has and to be able to lose all desires for things beyond his reach.

I remember during my school days there was a lavishly arranged wedding, I attended at Galle Fort, with my late grandparents.

It was really an extra ordinary function as there was a musical group especially flown from Cairo, with few belly dancers, and that was the first time I saw a belly dance live, until I saw some professionals in action during my first visit to Egypt, few years ago.

A person who took the challenge to beat this function by any means, despite his financial in-capabilities mortgaged his house to finance his daughter’s wedding and he did it in a grander style!

Yes, he had everything one better than the affordable businessman except the musical group but at the end he lost the house to which he mortgaged it.

I still remember him, how he was forced to sell Gymkhana lottery tickets on the streets, in the length and breadth of the island, this was the period, I remember, there were no other lotteries and winning a Gymkhana was considered as everyone’s dream!

A good fortune also was also compared as a ‘Gymkhana’, which they may call now as ‘Sweep Ticket’!

You could see him then at bus stands, railway stations and everywhere, you name it! One thing I really admired of him was that he did not resort to any corrupt practices and earned his living, after losing everything he had, in the hardest way one could not imagine. He may be not among the living now but I salute him for his corruption free life he lived with all the hardship he had to undergo.

I recall here what India’s former president, Abdul Kalam said about corruption; ‘If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.’

I strongly believe that the government should incorporate of moral education on how to combat corruption in the school curriculum while teaching them how to live within one’s means.

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