This is the story of two poor friends who studied together in school; one of them grew up to become a rich man and the other remained poor.
One morning, the poor friend met the rich friend in the canteen in front of the school, where they met occasionally. The poor friend said “How are you so rich? You must be really lucky. God has blessed you with so much wealth. Why hasn’t God blessed me with money?”
The rich friend smiled. He looked at his watch and said “Let’s make a deal. Today before sunset, you come to my home and collect as much money, gold and pearls as you can from my safe. They will all be yours. But remember to come before sunset, not a minute afterwards”
The rich friend proceeded to his office for his work. The poor friend was very happy and thanked the rich friend.
He thought that he should first go home and tell this good news to his wife. So, he went home and he explained everything to her. After hearing the husband, the wife smiled and said, “Go and get some money, gold and gems now. Time is Gold for you today”.
The poor man sat down and said, “I will go, but I am hungry. Give me lunch first.”
She served him lunch. After having lunch, he decided to take a nap but instead, slept for 2 hours. Then, late in the afternoon, he picked a few bags and went towards the friend’s house.
On the way, he met his friends. He told them the news about his rich friend. They all were very happy for him and asked him for a party.
He couldn’t say no to them and sat down under a tree with them. They had some drinks, danced and celebrated the news of their poor friend’s chance of being rich soon.
Time flew and they didn’t even realize that they had spent 5 hours. When the poor man realized it, the sun was on its way down.
He tried to make up for the time by requesting a taxi person to take him to the rich friend’s house. There was a lot of evening traffic on the road and they were not moving were fast.
When he finally reached the rich friend’s house it was already late in the evening, the sun had set. The rich friend had just completed all his routine work and was having an evening walk in the garden near the gate.
The rich friend paid the taxi man the fare. He invited the poor friend in the house, where the poor friend’s wife was already waiting. They had dinner together and the rich friend said “You have lost your chance to earn a lot of money. I will ask you 5 questions, if you answer the questions to my satisfaction, I will gift you Rs. 1 Crore. Are you ready?”
The poor friend said yes.
The rich friend asked the following questions:
If you were the poor friend, what will be your answers? Discuss your answers with your friends and parents.
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