Price of Criticism

There was a person called Krishnappa ,had been with telecom department for 35 long years.

He was a person with values and honesty ,he was ready to skip meals not values.

He was known in his work place as a master – always had a suggestion and advice for all problems

Now,in his post retirement phase ,he is left with one precious commodity that is time .

Luckily his house is situated near the main road and full of activities, observing those vehicles and passerby had become his main activity.

First of all, he is a man of values, whenever he used to see anyone acting against the values,he never used to sit back .

He would voluntarily enter into the situation ,provide them suggestions and advice .

Overtime ,this become a meanance ,few of them would yell back and it would end with a war of words and finally rift.

Day by Day ,this increased, his wife ,son and daughter in law had enough of this and suggested him not to dwelve in other business.

one piece of advice to him from them was –

It’s their life ,they would correct it.do not enter in to fight’s.

However Krishnappa is from old school of values ,who had been brought up with honesty and esteemed culture.

He too realised ,things are turning worse .

One gang of youths, who were out of control , they used to deliberately create fun of him and criticise him

As day passed ,criticism increased in multifold.

Krishnappa devised one plan to get of this situation from them.

Krishnappa was reading newspaper in front of his house, gang of youths tried to provoke him and their sole agenda was to irritate him.

This time Krishnappa replied in calm voice- friends ,I won’t be offering any guidances nor suggestions to you all from today.

It was my mistake in the past and hereby request each one of you to criticise me daily from today ,if you do so ,I would be paying you 10 rupees to each one

After listening this, gang of youths , realised this guy has gone crazy , however they were much happier to receive 10 rupees to criticise ,they accepted the offer .

One week passed, Krishnappa used to listen to their criticism daily ,and pay them .

After a week , Krishnappa said , friends you all know I am retired person , it’s tough for me to pay 10 rupees each, henceforth from today I will pay 5 rupees.

Youths felt price was less , however agreed because,there was a crazy person who is paying to listen criticism

This went on for 2 weeks.

Finally, one fine day Krishnappa in a soft voice informed to youths – see friends ,i am running out of money,i can offer you 10 paise from tomorrow ,please come daily and criticise me.

Already youths were feeling agitated for receiving lesser money ,after knowing 10 paise from tomorrow ,they burst out saying – for 10 paise, should I come to your place and criticise,we have much better work , we don’t want your money nor your task and left the place.

Never ever they were seen in front of his house.

What’s the moral of the story here – when we keep price of criticism value more ,we would suffer anxiety,stress, unhappiness.

However,when we keep the price of criticism value to few paises, we would be in bliss, peace and happiness.

In our daily life , we encounter criticism though we are honest and correct , at that time ,we should keep criticism price to lowest to minimum.

This is the only secret to lead a peaceful life.

Feedback and Comments would be appreciated .

Learnt this lesson from

Dr.Gururaj Karajagi Sir

Sagar U.S