Today morning, when I began to read “Ahmedabad MIRROR” I found the news that an honest NRI (Non Resident Indians) returned jewellery. Her reward was – A big warm hug.
Sushma who has been living in Lagos for the past 30 years arrived in Ahmedabad on March 15, 2009 to visit her sister in Ahmedabad. Around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, she went to the Indian overseas Bank to operate her account. Job was done, she was about to leave when she spotted a purse on a table in the locker room. She checked and found that it was full of ornaments.
Sushma contacted bank officials but refused to hand over the purse, instead she preferred to wait for 3 hours to handover it to the rightful owner. Bank Manager, Mr. Parmar called all the four customers who had visited locker department on Wednesday.
Sushma asked definite questions to customer about the purse and content in the purse, after verifying up to the satisfactory level, she handed over the purse to the owner Mr. Narayan and his wife Rashmi.
Rashmi reacted, “My mother gave me this jewellery to pass it on to my daughter when she weds. There is no way I can repay for her honesty and kindness.”
Sushma reacted, “All I did was my duty. Her smile is my reward.”
Sushma decided to walk on the path of Thomas Carlyle. “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.” Sushma has decided to reduce one rascal from this planet.
‘A-ONE COMMUNICATION’ organisation has a corporate punch line “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.” I suggested, Vibhuti Bhatt CEO of the company to make a small change, which has a major impact. That is the phrase; “The best policy” should be replaced by “The only policy.”
What I have realised in my life in case of speaking truth and to be honest is that you have not to use any of your intelligence for remembrance. This brave idea is supported by Mark Twain, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
“Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.” Lemuel K. Washburn Freethinker, aphorist has quoted, which has influenced me a lot.
Honesty fears no question or doubt or half truth or a complete lie.
Recently, a book was released on the subject “MARI BA NI EECHA” (Last wish of my mother) in which writer Kanti Bhatt reveals out the only truth of his life. He bravely writes about relationship of his mother with his father. He discloses the facts of life without any cover or curtain. He unveils every truth without any hesitation. It is simply a brave act just disclosing the truth.
Businessman and Industry leaders believe strongly that in SAARC region of the world, they have to speak lie and hide truth then only they can develop the business and create organisation in these regions. Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships.
Openness and transparency builds up strong relationship in the organisation. “The highest compact we can make with our fellow is; – ‘Let there be truth between us two forever more.'” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Integrity and truth builds strong relationship in the team. Team always creates great organisation. Double standards, divide & rule and half truth break down the organisation.