My Story: Do You Know The Cost Of This Egg? – Rakesh Anand Bakshi

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Each of us has, at some point of time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life-coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference to your perspective forever. Indiapages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs and Engineers …. Meet Rakesh Anand Bakshi

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MyStory  …. Because of the partition of the Indian subcontinent, 1947, my father (renowned lyricist Anand Bakshi saab) and his family saw nearly two decades of financial hardships. My mother became a tailor to complement my father’s army pension income. When my siblings and I were kids, my parents lived through at least 15 years of financial hardships. By the time I was a teen, my father was amongst the top lyrics writers.

As a youth one day I did not finish my breakfast, leaving an egg omelette midway, with the genuine excuse that I was not hungry anymore.

My father asked me “Do you know of the cost of this one egg you have wasted? Rakesh Anand Bakshi 3

I replied, “No”

He said, “When you four were kids, (I have 3 siblings), your mother would boil one egg and divide it into four parts so that all you four children receive equal nutrition. She did not divide it into five parts to have a slice herself. That, is the cost of an egg.

Next time you waste food, think of the price your mother paid for one egg for so many years, only to give you four her share too.” 

I never wasted food thereafter, I think.

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About Rakesh Anand Bakshi : Rakesh Anand Bakshi is the author of Directors’ Diaries – The Road To Their First Film. The book published by Harper Collins, is a compilation of conversations with 20 of Indian Cinema’s most loved filmmakers, ranging from Vishal Bharadwaj, Subhash Ghai, Prakash Jha, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali to Ashutosh Gowariker, Farah Khan, Govind Nihalani, Santosh Sivan and Anurag Basu among others. He is currently writing a biography on his father, one of India’s most iconic lyricists, Anand Bakshi ji. An avid cyclist as well as philanthropist, he regularly engages in workshops for children and college students.The above is an excerpt from his soon-to-be-published biography on his father, lyricist Anand Bakshi ji

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