Clean Conscience - Biggest Gift - Says Only Original
clean conscience is the biggest wealth, says Only Original.
Work was going
on as usual at ‘Write House’ where Only original escaped into
the world of make-believe- wrestling his mind to come up with
yet another original plot. Lucy was busy giving story ideas
to Only Original while the latter was glaring at an empty
pad for the seventeenth hour now.
“It is so easy to stand for originality-but it is so difficult
to live up to it”, said Only Original. Lucy nodded in agreement,
“Yes sweetheart-there are so many content writers who merrily
take ‘inspiration’ from so many plots available on the net.”
Lucy, tell me what do you think about this plot-
There is a kite flying
competition held between students of Class X at Bright learning
school. Around 50 students participate in the competition. Jack,
an aggressive aspirant is keen to win the competition- and is almost
about to win it-however when he notices that his kite may chop off
a pigeon’s head, he lets his kite down after which someone else
cuts away his kite. Jack, as expected doesn’t win the competition-
however when he leaves the venue of the competition, a whole array
of pigeons thanks him by waving in gratitude. Jack is overwhelmed
by the gesture. Jack loses the competition but wins happiness- is
he a winner or not- the debate begins between two professors- Perfector
and Victorart. While Perfector argues that Jack lost a competition
he could have easily won, Victorart opined that victory and defeat
are after-all meant to encourage acts that make the world better-though
not a winner by definition, Jack was a winner by action.
The debate gets so
hot that the principal of the school-Preserver has to intervene.
Preserver votes in favour of Victorart. Many years later, Jack,
after finishing his management course, gets a good job at a multi-national
firm-Informate operating in the investment banking business. He
gets into a situation where he was going through his worst ever
quarter- the analysis was proving to be inaccurate- the corporate
investors started doubting the firm’s credibility etc.
At such a time, Jack
was approached by Mandate-a broking house which lured him into fudging
his estimates on certain companies where the house had some stakes,
for some good consideration. The broking houses were indulging in
unethical practices and quietly influencing the stock prices of
many companies. Jack had the habit of doing long-term analysis and
had full faith in his estimates. When this bad phase struck him,
however few people trusted his upright nature. Jack refused to mislead
his investors, keeping in mind the long-term view. Since Jack refused,
John, another analyst at Informate was approached. John was street-smart
and cared a dime about ethics and morals. Moreover, he was aware
that since Mandate was influencing the prices, at least in the short
run, he will benefit by way of accurate predictions. John was able
to improve his image as well as that of the organisation’s as his
Mandate did the trick.
Jack was obviously
disappointed- he wondered whether it was so difficult to be ethical
and have a good life and be respected- he, who was sincerely doing
his work was doubted, while John, with his street-smart ways was
going up the ladder.
Jack went to the terrace
of his building one day after leaving early from office. He saw
quite a few kites flying. Suddenly a bird was racing towards one
of the kites, unaware of the fact that its strong string could slit
its neck. The young boy, whose kite could have troubled the bird
lowered it and sensed a relief. Jack couldn’t help rewind into the
past which played a similar scene in his life. He somehow could
muster courage to be convinced that rightness has to emerge from
kindness and not necessarily from a winning strategy.
Jack and John both
stayed in the same organization. John had now gone up the ranks
and Jack was working under him. John would often suggest Jack to
mend his ways and be a bit shrewder in his profession. John wouldn’t
budge and say, “The day my conscience starts pricking me, I will
immediately become a poor man.”
“So you think you
are a rich man today?” asked an annoyed John
Nonplussed, Jack said, “Yes, a clean conscience is the biggest wealth.”
After a couple of years, a probe was ordered into the transactions
of Informate after quite a few serious investors complained of extremely
high valuations of companies which had hardly started their operations.
A case was filed against Informate and John was also arrested after
he was found seriously guilty.
He met Jack before
going to prison and said, “You are right my friend.” A clean conscience
is the biggest wealth, on any path A victor is one who carries a
Winning by misleading is an illusion of ranks A clean conscience
is the biggest of all banks” Jack got a chance to reinforce his
beliefs with greater faith than before. Only Original found Lucy
approving of the story and immediately sent a manuscript to ‘Pennings’
publishers who wasted no time in going ahead with publishing the
story. The publishers said that though it was a beaten plot, the
examples used to convey the message-especially that of childhood
was quite impressive. Only Original added one more original story
to his ‘Write House’.
Only original at the Intellectual Property Rights Annual Conference
Contributing Story Teller
Saurabh Niranjan Turakhia is a 28 year young poet
and has lately been dabbling in short story writing.