Where the Milk Failed, Alcohol Succeeded?
He had passed his graduation in early nineties with distinction. By the time he had done his degree he had lost his father in an accident. The father had left him just a residential site in an upcoming locality. In spite of good merit in his degree, he could not get a job either. He had a mother and a sister to take care of. Fed up of searching job, he
started a milk booth in his vacant site for livelihood. Though initially it did well, it could not sustain the competition and eventually he had to close down. Then he started a Coffee-Tea Bar. It ran for a month or two and could not with stand the new breed of tea stalls coming up in the locality. Like this he tried various type of business and ended up in loss. Finally when he was desperate for livelihood, a close friend of him advised him to approach one particular politician of the area and take care of relevant bureaucracy and start a Liquor Shop. With the help of vacant site and the money raised on the same, he did just that.
It is just a decade or so since then. Now he is the owner/ partner of a couple of liquor shops and restaurants .... a house in a good locality...a high end car, membership in some prestigious club. His children are studying in prestigious professional colleges. He remembers his friend often who guided him to this business. But, a teetotaller he himself, says that somewhere in the heart his business pinches his conscience and rues that his life is built on liquor, the social evil of the society. If Mahatma Gandhi were alive today, he would be turning in his grave on seeing the power of liquor, which he fought throughout his life and sometime preferred liquor ban to independence. Can there be a better example to tell the world "Where the Milk Failed, Alcohol succeeded.