When you have less of something you tend to save it, use it very sparingly and become overprotective about it. This man had nothing in the name of money but that did not hamper his ability to give. In fact, he became all the more sensitive and became an inspiration to anyone who comes across his story.
M. Lakshmi Narasimhulu has the name of goddess of wealth stuck to him but he had the utter misfortune of being born in Jangamalu caste. As per the tradition, people of his caste could only visit other people’s home, sing devotional songs and depend on whatever alms they received in return. Narasimhulu could only make Rs 15-20 in a day by begging in his hometown of Rajam, Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh.
My family has been begging for centuries
His childhood was pent in utter poverty and the society treated him good for nothing. Except for his father nobody wanted him to see him doing anything more than begging for a living. Living his father’s dream he studied ignoring every eye that looked at him with disgust.
With his determination he was able to complete his school and college education but destiny played a spoil sport and his father passed away. This gave Narasimhulu no option but to beg again. His heart ached to go back to his previous life which he wanted to leave behind but he had the responsibility of marrying off his sister.
Seeing Narasimhulu come back to begging, a businessman named Vishal Gupta was visibly disturbed and came forward to help him. He recommended him to undergo a teacher training course. Although it looked difficult after a day long of begging, Narasimhulu knew this was the only way he could see a ray of hope in his life.
From the dawn, he spent the entire day going from one house to another getting money only some times but at the night he gathered all his energy and focused on his studies. He cleared an examination and got a job as hostel warden in the Department of Social Welfare department for a monthly pay of Rs 12,000.
His life began to change and he moved to wearing shirt and trouser instead of his old dhoti. He succeeded in marrying off his sister well and is also the inspiration for his brother who joined Navy.
Despite paving way to a new life, he has not lost touch with his community and married a beggar girl without any dowry or creating a financial burden on her family. Narasimhulu has also motivated his younger brother to do the same.
His struggle and achievement is enough for anyone to evaluate their own position in life and sow a seed of giving back to people who need it the most.