I've been interviewing the staff of the Library for the souvenir. And I'm struck so much by how much our attitudes colour the way we look at life.
Here is U, an Anglo Indian. Now past 70, its hard to see the beauty she once must have been when she was crowned Ms.Bombay. Having lived it up as long as she could; she settled down late in life with someone she feels was second best. Her life has been a downward spiral monetarily and finally her husband and she landed up in Ooty. They've been given a free cottage but she has to make do with her small salary. She's always well made up and dressed well inspite of her ill health but thinks life hasn't been too good to her.
Contrast H, who is quiet and mousy. Happily married, she says she wouldn't change anything about her life except maybe ask for a better voice to sing. She might even work for free at this job if need be. All the staff at the Library are like her family.
Helper S, is pushing 80 and can't remember any happy event in his life. Life just is - he feels. He lives with his wife and 4 children.
Helper D, also born in the same year has had 2 wives and 5 children and lives alone in the same free home as U. He is grateful for the rooms, grateful for this job which gives him peace of mind and his children whom he visits every week.
Sadly, how much money one has does seem to matter a lot and colour the way we feel about our lives and other people.