Old can be gold even nowThis story was narrated to me over phone recently. I would not know the person personally at all. However, guy who is my close friend, it now turns out is related to the person, a highly motivated 65 + lady, who lives with her husband in Bangalore.
Only through such individuals can we understand the value of experience. Of deft handling of some situation, that has prevented conflicts and made the family united. It so happens that this lady's husband is one of the four sons in his family. Some ten years ago, when his 90 plus father passed away, there was a big property dispute. The land parcel had to be divided by four and the dispute arose when one of the sons wanted a bigger share. This suburb is in Western Bangalore. It is now a relatively better developed area.
This lady talked to all relatives and make them understand that family unity is more important than the land. The four brothers agreed with this lady and her arguments. The two brothers who had actually taken care of their parents deserved a slightly higher share, she argued. Her own husband was employed elsewhere in North India, while the eldest guy, now no more, was then based in the USA. He died within one year of his father s death.
Today, the children of the four brothers get together at least once in Bangalore. Each guy has helped his or her cousin to settle down in UK, USA and Singapore. The three brothers, who are quite old now, still meet as often as possible, though they have their own children in India in different parts of the country and abroad.
One lady has made such a vital difference. There is also a mention about the interest shown by one brother in protecting the environment near the lovely town of Gobichettipalayam, where he seems to be having a house.
I would love to meet this family soon. Such instances are rare but those who are patient and can see the bigger picture can indeed do far better things.