Thursday, July 2, 2015

The unassuming couple

In my last post titled – “Sacrificing today for a better tomorrow”, I wrote how travelling helps us to meet new people, know their culture and appreciate the true beauty.

On my trip to Udaipur, I met this simple living couple about whom this article is all written. The couple belonged to middle age group – in their late 40s.

The hotel, in which I was staying, had a small desk in the lobby area. There was a small poster hanged on the desk with the letters – Hospitality desk. This couple sat at the other end of the table. Both of them were busy writing something in their respective notepads and paid little or no attention to what was happening around them. I took little notice of them on the first day. The couple always wore very simple, clean and pressed outfits and looked from middle class background. I assumed that the ‘Hospitality desk’ must be some marketing gimmick by the hotel management. However, how often our assumption turns out to be completely wrong!!! Let us call this couple as unclejee and auntyjee.

After second day of sightseeing, we wanted to visit an acquaintance who stayed in the same city. It was 7 pm in the night and we could not reach the taxi guy’s phone. We thought of giving ‘hospitality desk’ a try. We went to the couple and showed them the address that we wanted to visit and asked if they can guide us reaching over there. The first reaction from unclejee was, “Why are you going for sightseeing in the night?”. This question was not in rude manner. We could immediately make out that the question was from concern point of view. We explained that we were not going for sightseeing and were planning to visit our relative. Hearing this, he looked at ease. He took us towards the main gate of the hotel and called the security guy.

“Jee Hukum”, said the security guy.

“This couple wants to visit their relative. Call an auto, fix the rate with him and ask him to drop them back here in hotel”, said unclejee to the security guy.

“Jee Hukum” said the guy and rushed outside.

We were impressed. The guard came back within 10 minutes with an auto. We visited our acquaintance and came back by 9.30 pm. The same security guy asked us if our journey was fine. We assured him that the journey was comfortable. Then the guy asked us if we were relative of the unclejee. We replied negatively.

“Who is unclejee”, I inquired.

The guard’s reply made our jaws to drop to the ground.

The unassuming, humble, polite and moderately dressed couple turned out to be the owner of the hotel. They had chain of hotels in the town. The couple traveled in old Mahindra classic jeep with no driver or fanfare. No jajjy clothes  or ornaments. No sedan class car or ornaments. They were the ideal example of simple living. Ashal, who is the perennial advisor of simplicity, would have wept with joy seeing their simplicity. Unclejee carried nokia 3310 model and auntyjee too had similar phone. Our respect grew 4 folds after understanding who the couple were. Their background was equally great. The unclejee was born rich. His father started with a typical ‘chai tapari’. Soon he managed to open one hotel (the same one in which we were staying). Our unclejee inherited good fortune. However, instead of spending it, he managed to grow it multiple times and started a chain of restaurants. In spite of having flashy hotels, unclejee preferred to work from the same hotel because of sentimental reasons and the hotel had modest looks. Auntyjee was from a middle class background. She too, after marriage having so much amount of money and richness, chose to be simple… as if nothing changed for her.

This left us with a question – “Does money change a person’s behavior?”. The answer, I think, is NO. It is not the money who changes the person’s behavior. The person always had that nature (good or bad), money just highlights that behavior.


  1. W'd like to meet the couple during my next visit to Udaipur.



    1. There are loads of such people over there. Most of the people are rich, humble and helping.