This is purely a work of fiction – inspired by a short story written by Leo Tolstoy entitled “How Much Land Does A Man Require?” Inspiration for this work also comes from one of the verses written by a well-known poet on this site – Tribhawan Kaul who writes proficiently in Hindi as well as in English.
He went to every auction
in the hope of buying land.
He bought residential plots
and agricultural land, too.
Any commercial site
that was up for sale,
he grabbed without any care.
Part of his land, he leased out
and part of it, he used himself.
He built mansions, villas, malls,
high rises, hospitals and schools;
architectural marvels and
antique-looking ones as well.
His fame spread far and wide
while his riches
lay buried safely inside.
Very soon, he owned
the entire territory.
As money poured in torrents,
his health began to fail.
Slowly, he had to sell his land bit by bit
to foot all his medical bills.
Soon his health
took a turn for the worse
and he found himself at Death’s door.
He now wondered how much land does one really need
and realized it’s merely a six by two in reality indeed.
And then he went away to a dark unexplored land.
22/6/2011, 10:45 am