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A Man Who Had The Opportunity To Keep 1 Crore Rupees. Lawfully. However He Did Not!

Read why Sudhakaran, who barely earns Rs.10,000 every month working hard in his small shop, once gave away the opportunity to pocket Rs. 1 crore. Not only this, he also once found a gold chain in a train which he returned to the police. Know more about the amazing man who has restored our faith in humanity.


Today was an uncommonly honored day for me—I met a really honored man at the beginning of today. I initially caught wind of him a few months back, and when I as of late found that he worked in the town where I've been remaining for the most recent month or somewhere in the vicinity, I chose I simply needed to meet him. 


45 year-old K. Sudhakaran runs a little shop, offering desserts, juice, cool beverages and lottery tickets, in a market in Kanhangad, a town in northern Kerala. This mild-mannered, unassuming man shot into the news a year ago when he accomplished something really momentous. One morning, P. Ashokan, a general client of his, rang him and requesting that he put aside ten lottery tickets for him. Soon thereafter, Sudharakan discovered that one of those tickets had won the main prize—an incredible ten million rupees!



Sudhakaran outside his shop.


Sudhakaran rang up his dad without a moment's delay. "Summon up Ashokan right and give him the news!" his dad let him know. Sudhakaran did as his dad taught. Ashokan could barely trust his ears when he learnt what had happened! 

Ashokan had not paid for the tickets. Nor had Sudhakaran disclosed to him the ticket numbers. Thus Sudhakaran didn't need to reveal to him that one of the tickets that he had put aside for him had won the guard prize. He could without much of a stretch have stashed the cash had he needed to—that wouldn't have been viewed as unlawful. Had he wished, he could have sacked the ten million rupee prize for himself. 

What was it, I asked Sudhakaran, that had driven him to pick the course that he did.

Lottery tickets for sale.

My father always told me that if you need to, you can even beg, but you must never snatch other people’s rights,” he replied.

Did he at all hesitate to call Ashokan? Did he think twice about what his father had told him to do? Was he, at least for a moment, tempted to claim the money for himself?

"Actually no, not in the least! I realized that what my dad had said was superbly right," Sudhakaran said as he drew out an identification estimate photo of his dad from a note pad and gave it to me to see. "My folks showed me to be completely forthright, to make the right decision, to think about everybody, rich and poor, as equivalent," he proceeded. "My mom and all my different relatives were all extremely content with what I had done. They all said that I had made the best decision."

A couple of months ago, Sudhakaran was back in the news—and for a similar reason. He had found a gold chain while travelling in a train and handed it to the police, who managed to trace its owner!
Sudhakaran’s little shop—which he’s taken on rent—is the sole means of livelihood for his family of six, including a daughter who is physically-challenged. Sudhakaran manages to earn around Rs. 10,000 a month from it, and it’s demanding work. He is up every morning, at around 4:30, and takes the train from his village to Kanhangad—a journey of more than two hours each way. He works seven days a week, taking a day off only once in a while.
This man could have been a millionaire had he not listened to his heart and his father and kept the prize-winning lottery ticket for himself instead. But he has no regrets at all about his decision. “I know what I did was just what I should have,” he says unhesitatingly.
Sudhakaran has restored our faith in humanity.

"Endeavor to do however much good as could reasonably be expected and to shun doing terrible—that way, you can lead a cheerful, important life," Sudhakaran lets me know as he gives me a lemonade and returns to work. 

I gradually taste the lemonade as I watch this astonishing man managing his clients. I've never observed anybody like him. I know I am genuinely honored to have met him—and I'm certain you concur! 

– Roshan Shah

                                                                 Source - The Better India