A relative of mine opened a shop a few years ago. In fact, he shut down his jewellery and opened a bakery. He shut down the jewellery for two reasons as far as I understand: (1) it was quite difficult to compete with jewelleries which bring in people like Shah Ruk Khan as their ambassadors, and (2) the small jewellers are always harassed by the police in Kerala. My relative mentioned the second as the only reason for his switching from jewellery to bakery. “A thief is caught stealing some jewellery items,” said my relative. “The police catch him. They take him around the city in their jeep asking him to identify the shop where he sold the stolen items. The police stop their jeep in front of any jewellery shop whose owner has no reason to bribe the police. The thief claims he sold the stolen items in that particular shop. The police take away quite a few items from the shop. All the onus of proving the innocence is on the shopkeeper. And innocence can never be proved in the court of law as long as the thief sticks to his stand. The thief’s word is preferred to the shopkeeper’s.”
My relative was taken to police custody on two occasions. On the second occasion it was a theft case in a place 300 km away from his town. My relative wondered how the police of that place managed to identify such an easy victim as him in a place so far away. Later he learnt about the networking that exists among the police as well as between the thieves and the police. Soon he converted his jewellery into a bakery.
He used to open his bakery on Sundays too though he was a practising Christian. He had to repay the loan he had taken from the bank for the purpose of making it an elaborate bakery-cum-eatery, much larger in area than his jewellery. He worked on Sundays for about two years. Then he stopped opening his bakery on Sundays. He didn’t need that extra money any more.
How much does a person need? How much does one want? And how much can satisfy one?
That’s the difference between need, want and greed.
My relative enjoys cool rides in his car on Sundays now with his family.