Sunday, June 13, 2021

Stories on wheels- Vinod's bookshelf

The Bookshelf. 

He was painting the doors by himself. I have work. I offered you what I could. You decide and let me know because, I have work to attend to. Said the old man. 

Vinod says, he cleans the rooms, he mops the floor, he cleans the bathrooms. he's the owner of the guest house. Also, he has invested his life in this guest house. 

Not a single tree hasn't bought. We didn't get it from outside. Over the years, we planted each tree. made the pot stand. We made all by ourselves. This is my house. If someone walks in, I serve them happily. I wish them to leave my house with a smile and peace. I try my best to serve them to my best. 

Azhar and I told to ourselves, pointing out to the bookshelf. “They got books in the house.” We returned to the bookshelf at night, after a long walk.

Looking at the books, Vinod came in and encouraged us to pick any book. “You can pick any book. Read it. And you can take it with yourself, finish it and later courier it to me. Pick up any book that interests you.”

We assumed that he had this for selling. We didn’t expect this. You trust your customers and share the books, inspiring.

Sir, I’m 60. I have no intention of deceiving. What do I get after I do all that deceit or suspect each other?

When did you start this? I didn’t start this. I am not owner of these books.

He began his journey. In 1998, when I began this guest house, there were hardly guest houses in Mandvi. We were 4th guest house to set up. I had 2-3 gujarati books with myself.

Whenever I get tired after all the work, I pick up a book. I pick up so that I get rest when I read. In that way, I have 3-4 books that I had at this corner.

There were a few foreigners who walked into guest house. They enjoyed our house so much that they spent almost for a month. They liked our place so much that, they gifted us books, putting next to my 3-4 books.

In that way, many people walked in and gifted me books. None of these books are bought by me. There are books in dutch, Japanese, English. All these books are a blessing. I can’t sell them. Many people come and want to buy these books. I tell them, “I’m not owner of these books. It’s a blessing. You can read them. Take them for sure. Whenever you’re leaving India or whenever you’re done, you can always post the books to my house.”

In this way, Vinod shared about his bookshelf. It’s inspiring you trust and respect others. “Frankly, when I expect my children to be respected or when I want goodness around me, I’m obliged to be good. I can’t afford to deceive. I give and I get a lot in return. I do not cringe for petty things. Business is not about manipulation. You can always trust yourself and be abundant. 

Azhar asked about the resorts, I suggested him. I do not worry about not finding the customers. I try my best to serve or help whoever walks into my guest house. And I never had to feel bad or feel less. In this way, I live and I’ve been living. It’s a blessing. I’m glad to catch up with you. Share a word about the bookshelf and his life.

Thanks Vinod. Inspired by your abundance.




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