Giriraja - Belvan

Is an Ox, born on 2005-05-13, who joined us on 2006-04-13.

Just near the Care for Cows facility my former owner has several acres of land which have recently become worth crores of rupees. It seems since he was a simple farmer in his youth he does not know how to use his new found wealth. He still lives simply and pinches every penny... One would think he is still a pauper. Because my mother stopped giving milk, and because he has a tractor to plow with, I'm now seen as useless, as a financial liability and am no longer wanted in his house. He can easily afford to maintain me, but instead he cunningly abandoned me by the Care for Cows gate with the hope they would take me in. He figures that since the people at Care for Cows know he is wealthier than them, they would not admit me unless he agreed to sponsor my maintenance. So, to save a few rupees he tricked them into taking me in and glowed with delight thinking himself more intelligent and clever than they. It boosted his self esteem and gained him applause from his peers that he was able to shirk his responsibility so cleverly. He saved some rupees but owing to misfortune it doesn't seem he can enjoy even the ones he already has. The cowherds here have a different perspective. They are not interested in amassing or hoarding wealth. They are happy to spend it for maintaining us knowing the cow and the bull are the Earth and Religion personified. Their wealth is a herd of happy kine and I feel fortunate to be here.

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