Health is wealth
There was a popular school in one of the urban areas. It was a
semi-government school. It was considered a great privilege to study in
Most of the rich and well-to-do families sent their children to that
particular school for which a fee had to be paid.
There were so many mischievous students in the school. They were
big-headed due to the wealth of their parents.
The grade eight class was quite different from the other classes.
There was a set of well-disciplined students except for one from a group
of 11 boys. Ramesh was the odd student in the grade eight class. In
comparison to the social and family status of all the other boys, Ramesh
ranked high among them.
The grade eight class was united. They shared and cared for each
other except for Ramesh who was quite odd because he did not like to
mingle and socialise with the other boys in the class.
Ramesh was the richest boy in the class. He never liked to share
anything with his friends. "Hey, this whole bench is mine, don't dare
you come and sit with me!" said Ramesh to one of the boys. He was not so
intelligent like the other boys.
His only work was to eat plenty of food and fall asleep in the
Most of his teachers were worried about him. They wanted to correct
him but all their efforts were in vain.
They complained against him to the principal and to his parents as
well but he could not be reformed.
As Ramesh was from a very rich family and his parents were
influential, the teachers could not advise or warn him. Ramesh used to
complain to his parents that he was beaten by his teacher. In fact the
teacher had advised him to be of good behaviour. His parents too
believed him and started complaining to the principal against the
Ramesh bought different varieties of food which made the other
students' mouth water. He ate a lot of junk food. His mouth was always
so busy munching food. During the interval, he spread his food on the
table and ate greedily and then slept well.
As Ramesh was eating a lot without studying, doing sports or engaging
in extra-curricular activities, he started to grow very fat and bulky.
Eventually he fell ill and became obese.
One day he realised that he could not even move his body. He became
very fat and his friends and teachers made fun of him saying 'fatty boy'
and 'bulky boy.' Ramesh and his parents used their wealth and influence
to frighten others. They never took notice of the advice given by
When Ramesh fell seriously ill, his wealth could not restore his
His parents took him to medical specialists for treatment.
Unfortunately, none could help Ramesh regain his health and fitness.
They spent lavishly but his condition did not improve.
Ultimately Ramesh realised that the advice given by others on his
eating habits was correct. He repented for not following them.
Ramesh had a lot of wealth but his health could not be restored. This
reminds us of the old adage, "Health is wealth."