Wealthy Businessman Refuses To Pay For Daughter's Wedding, Then She Sees What He Bought Instead
There is something to be said about the romance and excitement of getting married, which always outshine the more boring aspects like finance and expenditure. Despite what the statistics say, everyone considers their moment at the altar to be their one and only, and as such a perfect opportunity for a lavish party that the bride, groom, and the guests will always remember.
It's easy to get carried away in these moments, and we speak not just of the bride. It seems like almost everyone involved is interested in throwing a unique wedding experience no matter how expensive. The following story is of one such rich dad who decided the usual just wouldn't do for this daughter...
Ajay Munot is a wholesale trader in the state of Maharashtra, India. His successful business in cloth and wheat has made him part of India's growing sector of the rich. For people like Ajay, throwing a wedding is the perfect opportunity to show off just how well they have done in life! It's no surprise then that Ajay and his daughter Shreya who was engaged to be married, thought long and hard on how to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Do we have you guessing a parade of elephants, or dinner on gold plates perhaps? Well, what Ajay ended up buying wasn't your typical wedding purchase. In fact, it wasn't a wedding purchase at all!
In lieu of a wedding party, Ajay decided to spend his money on purchasing homes for the homeless in their community. Sources say he spent Rs 1.5 crores (approximately $225,000 USD) to build 90 homes on a two acre plot of land. He made sure the neighborhood would be equipped with other facilities too like drinking waterlines and electricity. Munot had the following to say about his decision,
"This is the new chapter in history and I hope that the same concept will be followed by the other rich communities ... We have some responsibilities towards our society and we tried to comply with it."
The houses are simple structures that are painted in a cheerful pattern and measure 12 by 20 square feet and have one bedroom and one living area. For the average person, this might seem small and insignificant, but for the poor and homeless this is more than anything they could have hoped to achieve in their life.
Munot family picked the resident families themselves based on three simple criteria - they had to be poor, they had to be living in slums currently, and they couldn't be addicted to drugs or alcohol. The newly wed couple thought it was their biggest honor to pass out the house keys to all the residents personally. According to Ajay's daughter Shreya:
"I am very happy with the decision and will consider it as my marriage gift."
The idea to take the road less traveled came to Ajay after talking to his mentor politician friend Prakash Bamb who said his money would make a more permanent impact rather than any wedding party he might throw for a night.
This must watch video shows the difference Ajay made in India's homeless problem!
In developing countries around the world, the race is always to catch up to how the western world lives. This unfortunately also involved the tell tale signs of keeping up with the Joneses. We are glad however that the rich and elite are now paving a new path to show off their wealth in a more meaningful way! This is indeed the best wedding present we can imagine!