Amirchand was a wealthy businessman known throughout the town, but his reputation extended beyond his riches; he was infamous for his unyielding miserliness. The townsfolk would often chuckle about his reluctance to part with even a single penny, let alone spend on his family’s needs. Amirchand’s frugality was so profound that he’d contemplate every expenditure with painstaking deliberation, and if it weren’t absolutely necessary, he’d refuse to part with his hard-earned money.

One day, Amirchand fell gravely ill and lost consciousness. His concerned son, Anand, urgently summoned a physician. After a thorough examination, the physician declared, “Your ailment, Amirchand, is not merely physical; there’s something troubling your soul. Unless you open up and share your burden, your health may never recover.”

Amirchand, still weak and frail, brushed off the physician’s suggestion, saying, “There’s nothing to trouble me. Don’t worry about it.”

As days turned into weeks, Amirchand’s condition worsened, causing great distress to his family. His wife and son were perplexed by his deteriorating health and his stubborn silence.

One day, Anand recalled a heated argument he had with his father a few months ago, during which he had threatened to leave home. Filled with remorse, Anand approached his father and said, “Father, I understand that my words wounded you deeply. I apologize for my thoughtless anger. I promise never to utter anything that might hurt you again.”

Amirchand smiled faintly, but his condition showed no sign of improvement. Concerned about his father’s well-being, Anand’s worry grew.

News of Amirchand’s ailment spread throughout the village, eventually reaching the ears of his old friend, Manik. Manik had borrowed a thousand rupees from Amirchand some time ago, and he now sat beside his ailing friend. As Amirchand mumbled about his money, Manik, believing it to be the source of his distress, quickly returned the borrowed sum. “I never thought such a trivial amount would cause you such anguish,” Manik said. “Now that I’ve repaid you, may you recover swiftly.”

To everyone’s surprise, Amirchand’s health remained unchanged.

Amirchand’s daughter, hearing of her father’s illness, visited with her in-laws. Her father-in-law approached Amirchand and pleaded, “Amirchand, please forgive me for the foolish request I made for a gold ring. I understand your predicament, and I am deeply ashamed. We want nothing from you; we only wish for your speedy recovery.”

Hope grew that Amirchand would finally recover, but he only smiled. No one could fathom the source of his anxiety.

Amirchand’s wife, in a moment of revelation, whispered something in his ear, causing his face to light up. “Are you certain about this?” he asked her. “You truly don’t want it anymore?”

Assured of her answer, Amirchand proclaimed, “I’m perfectly fine now.” With newfound energy, he sat up in bed, leaving everyone astounded.

Amirchand’s wife explained, “I had asked him for a gold girdle a few days ago, and it was weighing heavily on his mind. But now, as I’ve withdrawn my request, he’s well again.”

Amirchand confessed, “Indeed, when she asked for a gold girdle, I was alarmed. Crafting it would cost nearly fifty gold coins, and the thought was enough to give me a heart attack. Now, since she’s let go of her demand, I’m feeling much better.”

Laughter filled the room as Amirchand continued, “I’ve realized that I should fulfill my wife’s wishes. After all, I’ve worked hard for her.”

Amirchand’s wife, beaming with happiness, said, “I no longer desire the girdle. If you wish to make one, do it for our daughter.”

Amirchand was elated by the idea. “What a wonderful suggestion! My daughter is slim; it will only cost around ten or eleven gold coins to make her a girdle.”

Amirchand’s transformation from a miser to a loving husband and father was met with great joy and relief among his family.

Moral of the Story:

Generosity and selflessness bring joy and healing to the heart.


The transformation from selfishness to selflessness can lead to profound happiness and inner peace. It’s never too late to change and prioritize the well-being and happiness of loved ones.

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