Village Tales – Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, is well-known for his humility and simple lifestyle died on 17th March. I just wantt to share one of his village tale from his own article. Here it goes……

“I am from the village of Parra in Goa, hence we are called Parrikars. My village is famous for its watermelons. When i was a child, the farmers would organize a watermelon eating contest at the end of the harvest season in May. All the kids would be invited to eat as many watermelons as they wanted. Years later, I went to IIT Mumbai to study engineering. I went back to my village after 6.5 years. I went to the market looking for watermelons. they were all gone. the ones that were there were so small. I went to see the farmer who hosted the watermelon eating contest. His son had taken over. he would host the contest but there was a difference.

When the older farmer gave us watermelons to eat he would ask us to spit out the seeds into a bowl. We were told not to bite into the seeds. He was collecting the seeds for his next crop. He kept his best watermelons for the contest and he got the best seeds which would yield even bigger watermelons the next year. His son, when he took over, realized that the larger water melons would fetch more money in the market so he sold the larger ones and kept the smaller ones for the contest. The next year, the watermelons were smaller, the year later even small. In water melons the generation is one year. In seven years, Parra’s best watermelons were gone. In humans, generations change after 25 years. It will take us 200 years to figure what we were doing wrong while educating our children”

———– By Manohar Parrikar

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    1. Everyone from celebrities to film stars were praising this man’s career.. so I just looked into his biography where I found this article written by himself… Such a great man.. RIP

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    1. Yes such a humble and simple Chief minister.. Unlike other politicians he didn’t live a expensive life instead he chose to be simple common man and lived like one till his death

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      1. Even I was unaware… When something comes out about someone It excites me to research about them or it… I just admire this man who lived all his life with simplicity and dedicated his work towards his state..

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    1. Haan yar.. this watermelon story reminds me of the greatness of our ancestors who were much better than the current generation with advance technology…

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      1. Yeah. Actually RIP is not used in hindu religion. Sorry, I don’t want to offend anyone but RIP is used only by christians and Muslims. And I’m not one. Neither a Christian nor a muslim. So, I don’t believe in RIP
        They say it because they bury it. In our religion, we don’t. So, as hindus we should not say RIP. Just telling an opinion
        No offence to anyone and no disrespect to any religion in any form.

        Well, Indeed he was really a good person. Indeed an Inspiration. I salute him 🙏

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      2. Arey nahi.. I didn’t know about this.. Sorry kyun.. You just let me know what I didn’t..
        That’s a valid point… They bury it that’s why they use rest in peace.. Don’t be sorry for being honest..
        Haan he is a role model for best politician…

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      3. Oh.. Thanks a lot! Omg, I just thought everyone would get offended..
        Well, it’s a fact.
        I’m really glad I could spread some information to others. I really feel good by spreading the right message.
        Thanks.
        I know right!
        And yes, for sure he is a role model for everyone. He was such a nice person. 😊
        Thanks again.

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    1. Yes Winnie.. He was the chief minister of state Goa… He lived a simple life and helped people till his last day.. Never used luxurious cars and expensive things like other politicians do…
      Inspiration for many of us.

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  1. What a great lesson, simply for running behind money we lost many precious things. For today’s generation success is making more money. Recently I was telling to my eldest daughter what is the use in making more money if we spent lots of it to buy water what our elders got for free. We have to realize we are going in a wrong way. Very useful article

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    1. Exactly.. we are failing to preserve the precious gift from nature while making money for present..
      Yes Suba.. I remember our grands never paid money to buy water, they had enough water to feed the crops and themselves…
      We live in city but have to buy all the natural resources they used to get freely.. Its sad..

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  2. Very inspiring story and contemplative, make us wonder and think what will our children look like and what will they do if the modern civilisation continues with this approach, that money and material things are more important than love, knowledge and intelligence…

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts..
      This story is the proof that our ancestors knew something current generation wouldn’t even with the advanced technology…
      There will be no life if people go after fame and money and forget the love and care our ancestors followed..

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      1. I was living in Croatia for 35 years, then I figured it up it’s time to move. So now I’m in Germany. Yes, we had a nice football team, but we Croats are very crazy in every possible way, especially when we talk about sports. We always think we can do better (problem started in ex-Yugoslavia, the period when our sports teams were among the best in lots of different sports, like football, basketball, water polo, skating, volleyball, handball, you name it. On the last World Cup in Russia we should be champions, but we always blew things up before the very end (all was going well till final against France, then we beat ourselves)…

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