A tale,

Of two pals,

Ego possessed the former;

Self-respect imbibed the latter.


The former faced problems, complained;

The latter solved problems, smiled.

One, choosy and demanding;

Other, suitable and acceptable.



Acquiring jobs

In a corporation,

Standing at the threshold

Of promising careers,

Days rolled on

And the day arrived

For promotion.


Self-respect surpassed,

Ego lagged behind.

Thoughts converted into self-realization,

Truth revealed.


Ego satisfied merely the senses –

“I want this” and “I want that”;

Self-respect implied acceptance –

“I respect this and I accept that”.


To further proceed,

To reach the summit,

‘I’ and ‘my’ be discarded,

‘We’ and ‘ours’ be adopted.


[Published in ‘melange’, the Sunday supplement of ‘The Sentinel’ on 28 February 2010]


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