The Club 99

  Vinay Natekar
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The Club 99


Emperor Akbar   should have been contented with his life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the case!   The emperor   always found himself wondering why he just never seemed content with his life.

Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he went, attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt something was lacking and he couldn't put his finger on it.

One day, the Emperor   had woken up earlier than usual to stroll around his palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when he heard someone happily singing away, following this singing. The Emperor   saw that one of the servants was singing and had a very contented look on his face.

This fascinated the   Emperor and he summoned this man to his chambers.

The man entered the Emperor’s     chambers as ordered. Emperor   asked why he was so happy?

To this the man replied: ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I make enough of a living to keep my wife and children happy. We don't need too much, a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummy. My wife and children are my inspiration; they are content with whatever little I bring home. I am happy because my family is happy.’

Hearing this, the Emperor Akbar   dismissed the servant and summoned his wise minister Birbal to his chambers.

Akbar related to Birbal   the story of the servant,   hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some reasoning that here was a Emperor   who could have anything he wished for at a snap of his fingers and yet was not contented, whereas, his servant, having so little was extremely contented.


Birbal   listened attentively and came to a conclusion. He said, ‘Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The Club 99.’

’The Club 99? And what exactly is that?’ Akbar   inquired.

To which Birbal   replied, ‘Your Majesty, to truly know what The Club 99 is, you will have to do the following, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep, you will then understand what The Club 99 is.’


That very same evening, Akbar arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed in a bag at the servant's doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant and he thought he should have put 100 Gold coins into the bag, but since Birbal   had advised him to put 99 Gold coins that is what he did.


The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and opened the bag. When he opened the bag, he let out a great big shout of joy...Gold Coins... so many of them. He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to show her the Gold coins.

The servant then took the bag to a table and emptied it out and began to count the Gold coins. Doing so, he realized that there were 99 Gold coins and he thought it was an odd number so he counted again, and again and again only to come to the same conclusion... 99 Gold Coins.

The servant began to wonder, what could have happened to that last one Gold coin? For no one would leave 99 Gold coins. He began to search his entire house, looked around his backyard for hours, not wanting to lose out on that one Gold coin. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to make up for that one Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100 Gold Coins.


The servant got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most of the night conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough money to buy himself that Gold coin. He went to work as usual - but not in his usual best mood, singing happily - as he grumpily did his daily errands.

Seeing the man's attitude change so drastically, Akbar was puzzled. He promptly summoned his Birbal   to his chambers. Akbar   related his thoughts about the servant. Akbar could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been singing away and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden change of attitude, even though he should have been happier after receiving the Gold coins.

To this Birbal replied   ‘Ah! But your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The Club 99.’ He explained: ‘ The Club 99 is just a name given to those people who have everything but yet are never contented, therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra one to round it out to 100!


We have so much to be thankful for and we can live with very little in our lives, but the minute we are given something bigger and better, we want even more!

We are not the same happy contented person we used to be, we want more and more and by wanting more and more we don't realize the price we pay for it. We lose our sleep, our happiness; we hurt the people around us just as a price to pay for our growing needs and desires. That is what joining The Club 99 is all about.’

Hearing this Akbar   decided that from that day onwards, he was going to start appreciating all the little things in life.

Striving for more is always good, but let's not strive so hard and for so much that we loses all those near and dear to our hearts, we shouldn't compromise our happiness for moments of luxuries!


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