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“I Cried Because I Had No Shoes…”

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BT. V. Antony Raj


I have come across several websites that cited the quote: “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” and its variants.

Sadly, the claims of the origin of this quote vary. Some cite it as Chinese, Indian, Jewish, Irish, etc. Usually, it is quoted as anonymous with source unknown.

In Goodreads, we find two instances of the quote. One says Helen Keller said it and another says it was said by Wally Lamb.

In her book “EFFECTIVE LIVING,” Lois Smith Murray says on page 154:

Tolstoy wrote, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met  a man who had no feet.”

In his book “A FOR ARTEMIS,” Sutton Woodfield says on page 44:

Over Goldie’s bed, tacked on the wall, was one of those mottoes you can buy at Woolworths for a bob. This one said, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

However, the most common claim points to the Persian poet Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī (Persian: ابومحمد الدین بن عبدالله شیرازی‎), better known by his pen-name Saʿdī (Persian: سعدی‎) or Saadi Shirazi or simply Saadi. Born in Shiraz, Iran, c. 1210, he was one of the major Persian poets and prose writers of the medieval period.

Saadi Shirazi (1190 - 1290)
Saadi Shirazi (1190 – 1290)


His best-known works are Bustan (The Orchard) completed in 1257 and Gulistan (The Rose Garden) in 1258.


Saadi in a Rose garden, from a Mughal manuscript of his work Gulistan, c. 1645
Saadi in a Rose garden, from a Mughal manuscript of his work Gulistan, c. 1645


Saʿdī composed his didactic work Gulistan in both prose and verse. It contains many moralizing stories like the fables of the French writer Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95) and personal anecdotes. The text interspersed with a variety of short poems contains aphorisms, advice, and humorous reflections. It demonstrates Saʿdī ‘s profound awareness of the absurdity of human existence.

In Persian lands, his maxims were highly valued and manuscripts of his work were widely copied and illustrated. Saʿdī wrote that he composed Gulistan to teach the rules of conduct in life to both kings and dervishes.

In Chapter III On the Excellence of Contentment, story 19, Saʿdī  wrote:

Persian shoes (Source - hollywoodpsychotherapist.homestead.com)

I never lamented about the vicissitudes of time or complained of the turns of fortune except on the occasion when I was barefooted and unable to procure slippers. But when I entered the great mosque of Kufah with a sore heart and beheld a man without feet I offered thanks to the bounty of God, consoled myself for my want of shoes and recited:

A roast fowl is to the sight of a satiated man
Less valuable than a blade of fresh grass on the table
And to him who has no means nor power
A burnt turnip is a roasted fowl.


Funerary Monument of Sa’di, in Shiraz, Iran (Source: findagrave.com)
Funerary Monument of Sa’di, in Shiraz, Iran (Source: findagrave.com)


Saʿdī died on December 9, 1291, in Shiraz, Iran.

Modern versions of his story are often cited erroneously as Arabian proverbs, with wordings such as:

I thought I was abused because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet,”

I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet,

I felt sorry because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.

In the case of Helen Keller the quote “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” derived from Saʿdī ‘s story had been her credo. It helped her overcome self-pity and to be of service to others.

Recently I saw this quote on Facebook that cited the author as William Shakespeare. Facebook is a notorious medium where people post quotes without verifying who said it in the first instance. For example, the recent trend has been to take someone’s quote and add a picture of some dignitary and post it saying it was said so by that dignitary. Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam happens to be one of those favourite dignitaries. So, someone might even post this quote with the picture of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and claim that this was said by him. And some people to keep up with the Joneses will immediately copy the quote and propagate it believing in the false axiom that “whatever is in print must be true.”




Price of Diesel Around the World!


Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj


On  February 13, 2014, I posted  an article titled “Price of Petrol Around the World!” Some of my readers wanted to know about the price of diesel in India and in other countries around the world.

Diesel prices in India in Indian Rupees (Source: globalpetrolprices.com)
Diesel prices in India in Indian Rupees (Source: globalpetrolprices.com)

The above graph shows the price of diesel in India from September, 2012 to February, 2014 with the average value during this period was र57.89 with a minimum of र53.46 in September, 2012 and a maximum of र64.49 in June, 2013.

Diesel prices in India and other countries  (Source: globalpetrolprices.com)
Diesel prices in India and other countries (Source: globalpetrolprices.com)

Compared to the average price of diesel in the world, India is relatively cheaper. Diesel in India is 32% cheaper than the world average of र85.63. The average price of diesel around the world in February, 2014 is र82.41 per liter. Though all countries have access to the same petroleum prices of international markets, they impose various taxes on petroleum products and offer subsidies. Hence, the retail price of diesel differs substantially among countries.

As a general rule, countries that produce and export oil sell diesel to their nationals at much lower prices while rich countries charge higher prices. However, the economically advanced United States have a comparatively low price of diesel – $1.03 (र64.49) per liter.

In Venezuela, the government subsidizes gasoline and the Venezuelans pay almost nothing to drive their vehicles at $0.01 (र0.85) per liter.

Diesel prices around the world in February 2014
(Source: globalpetrolprices.com)

Country USDollars IndianRupees
Venezuela 0.01   0.85
Iran 0.03   1.70
Saudi Arabia 0.08   5.09
Egypt 0.16 10.18
Bahrain 0.16 10.18
Kuwait 0.19 11.88
Qatar 0.24 15.27
Yemen 0.30 18.67
Brunei 0.31 19.52
Ecuador 0.35 22.06
Oman 0.49 30.55
Bolivia 0.53 33.09
Sudan 0.54 33.94
Angola 0.54 33.94
Syria 0.57 35.64
Kazakhstan 0.65 40.73
Iraq 0.72 44.97
Malaysia 0.72 44.97
Argentina 0.86 53.46
Bangladesh 0.88 55.15
Thailand 0.91 56.85
Sri Lanka 0.91 56.85
India 0.95 59.40
Mexico 0.97 60.25
Jordan 0.97 60.25
Zimbabwe 0.98 61.09
Philippines 0.98 61.09
Nigeria 0.98 61.09
Lebanaon 0.98 61.09
Ethopia 0.99 61.94
Belarus 0.99 61.94
Kyrgyzstan 1.01 62.79
Ghana 1.01 62.79
Nepal 1.02 63.64
USA 1.03 64.49
Brazil 1.03 64.49
Vietnam 1.05 65.34
Tunisia 1.05 65.34
Guatemala 1.05 65.34
Bhutan 1.05 65.34
Indonesia 1.06 66.19
Maldives 1.06 661.9
DR Congo 1.07 67.03
Taiwan 1.09 67.88
Mozamique 1.10 68.73
Namibia 1.10 68.73
Pakistan 1.10 68.73
Morocco 1.13 70.43
South Africa 1.14 71.28
Ukraine 1.14 71.28
Russia 1.16 72.13
Jamaica 1.16 72.13
Tajikistan 1.17 72.97
Sierra Leone 1.20 74.67
Costa Rica 1.20 74.67
Colombia 1.21 75.52
Guinea 1.21 75.52
Peru 1.21 75.52
Liberia 1.22 76.37
Kenya 1.22 76.37
Gorgia 1.22 76.37
Chile 1.22 76.37
New Zealand 1.22 76.37
Botswana 1.24 77.22
Laos 1.24 77.22
Uganda 1.24 77.22
Cambodia 1.25 78.07
Armenia 1.27 78.91
Tanzania 1.27 78.91
Burkina Faso 1.27 78.91
Mauritania 1.27 78.91
Moldova 1.28 79.76
Ivory Coast 1.28 79.76
China 1.28 79.76
Canada 1.28 79.76
Paraguay 1.29 80.61
Domi. Rep. 1.32 82.31
Japan 1.33 83.16
Fiji 1.33 83.16
Mongolia 1.33 83.16
Singapore 1.35 84.00
Djibouti 1.37 85.70
Lesotho 1.37 85.70
Swaziland 1.40 87.40
Cameroon 1.40 87.40
Mauritius 1.41 88.25
Australia 1.43 89.10
Cape Verde 1.47 91.64
Niger 1.48 92.49
Togo 1.50 93.34
Rwanda 1.52 95.04
Macedonia 1.52 95.04
Benin 1.55 96.73
An dorra 1.56 97.58
South Korea 1.58 98.43
Mali 1.61 100.13
Madagascar 1.62 100.98
Hong Kong 1.62 100.98
R. of Congo 1.62 100.98
Luxembourg 1.63 101.82
Zambia 1.65 102.67
Senegal 1.65 102.67
Chad 1.67 104.37
Bosnia and Herz 1.70 106.07
Croatia 1.71 106.92
Poland 1.73 107.76
Larvia 1.73 107.76
Lithuania 1.73 107.76
Montenegro 1.75 109.46
Albania 1.77 110.31
Romania 1.80 112.01
France 1.80 112.01
Estonia 1.80 112.01
Austria 1.80 112.01
Czech Rep. 1.81 112.86
Hungary 1.82 113.70
Uruguay 1.82 113.70
Malawi 1.82 113.70
Burundi 1.82 113.70
Serbia 1.84 114.55
Spain 1.85 115.40
Bulgaria 1.85 115.40
Malta 1.85 115.40
Slovenia 1.85 115.40
Greece 1.86 116.25
Slovakia 1.86 116.25
Portugal 1.92 119.64
Germany 1.95 121.34
Cyprus 1.97 123.04
Belgium 1.97 123.04
Irelan 2.01 125.58
Switzerland 2.04 127.28
Netherlands 2.04 127.28
Turkey 2.07 128.98
Finland 2.08 129.83
Sweden 2.09 130.67
Denmark 2.11 131.53
Iceland 2.12 132.37
Israel 2.16 134.92
C.A. Republic 2.16 134.92
UK 2.26 140.86
Italy 2.29 142.55
Norway 2.67 166.31



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Iran: 2013 Sistan and Baluchestan Earthquake (Magnitude 7.5). Reverberations in New Dehli, India


Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

Yesterday, April 16, 2013, at 15:14 p.m. IRDT (UTC+4:30), an earthquake struck the mountainous region between the cities of Khash and Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, 83 km east of Khash, close to the border with Pakistan. It lasted about 25 seconds. The Iranian Seismological Center listed the earthquake as 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.

Pakistanis evacuating nearby buildings following tremors in Karachi on April 16, 2013. (Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistanis evacuating nearby buildings following tremors in Karachi on April 16, 2013. (Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The quake was felt throughout much of eastern Iran and southern Pakistan, and as far away as Riyadh, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, some areas in the neighboring state of Pakistan, and in New Delhi, India. The tremors destroyed many buildings in Iran. People evacuated buildings in far away places such as Delhi, India, and on the Arabian Peninsula. Pakistani news channels showed buildings shaking in the southern city of Karachi. People in panic evacuated their offices and homes.

This earthquake closely follows the 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the southwest coast of Iran near the port city of city of Bushehr on April 9, 2013. Saravan is about 600 miles from Bushehr, on the south-eastern border of Iran near Pakistan.

Overview map of the Arabian tectonic plate boundaries with the Eurasian, African and Indian plates (U.S. Geological Survey)
Overview map of the Arabian tectonic plate boundaries with the Eurasian, African and Indian plates (U.S. Geological Survey)

Iran is well-known for its long history of disastrous earthquake activities. Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, crossed by several major fault lines that cover almost 90% of the country. The Iranian plateau is subject to most types of tectonic activity, including active folding, faulting and volcanic eruptions. Hence, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

Yesterday’s earthquake was probably the strongest earthquake in Iran within the last 40 years, and possibly the strongest in the last half-century, equal in magnitude to the one that shook Tabas in 1978 killing 15,000.

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Is the Real Doomsday Near?

Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj




Now that we have forgotten the uneventful December 21, 2012, can we be sure we are safe?

Today when we turn on the Television or radio, or read the newspapers, we see and hear only about Israel and Iran.

If Israel strikes Iranian nuclear sites, or Iran bombs, Israel, then what would happen? Would it not trigger the real doomsday for all of us living now on this Earth?

Iran sees Israel as its arch enemy, and it also considers Saudi Arabia as an enemy since it supplies its oil to the U.S. If Israel strikes Iran then the latter would retaliate by bombing Saudi oil fields.

I came across this video titled “The Day The World Ended” released by FutureMoneyTrends.com, a top trends research newsletter. This video simulates what could happen if Israel or Iran pulls the trigger.

In this simulation, the oil prices spike from $30 to $120 per barrel when the USA receives word that Israel has bombed Iran, and after an hour, the oil price soars up to $305, and by 9:30 AM, it rises to $450 per barrel forcing a systemic collapse of the world economy. Gold and silver become unavailable. Riots, civil unrest, force the governments to take drastic actions as a prelude to World War III.



To watch Part 2 of this simulation video visit: http://FutureMoneyTrends.com/TheEnd


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Earthquake Rocks Iran’s Northwestern Province of East Azarbaijan

At least 300 people have been killed and over 1,400 others injured in two powerful earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks that rocked Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

On Saturday, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 15:53 local time (1123 GMT). The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles).

Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz.

According to unconfirmed reports, four villages have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed.

Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks have rocked the area so far.

Reza Sedighi, a relief official in the area, told Fars that at least 300 people were killed Saturday, and other officials reported more than 4,500 injured, some severely. Doctors on the scene predicted that more people would be found under destroyed houses, mosques and farms. In total, 133 villages were damaged. Shortages of water and food are being reported throughout the quake zone, a mountainous region near the border with Azerbaijan.

The official, Hassan Ghadami, Iran’s deputy interior minister, said that “all those under debris have been rescued and those affected are now being provided with their basic needs,” the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. The head of Iran’s Relief and Emergency Organization said that rescue operations were continuing.

The head of East Azarbaijan’s Crisis Management Khalil Saei confirmed the death toll and the number of injured people.

He said rescue operation teams are deployed in the area to help the victims of the quakes. Iranian relief workers saved more than 200 people from the rubble of dozens of villages.

Of the 538 villages in East Azerbaijan, 110 villages sustained about 40 to 100 percent damage. About 5000 buildings have been damaged.

Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the quake-stricken areas, and the people affected by the earthquakes have been provided with temporary shelters and food supplies.

Tabriz is the center of Iran’s Turkish-speaking Azeri region and one of Iran’s largest cities. Here tens of thousands spent the night on the streets, fearing further earthquakes.

People in Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan Province, stood in line to donate blood to those suffered injuries in the quakes.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average.

In December 2003, about 27,000 people were killed and 30,000 others injured when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran.

The deadliest earthquake in modern Iranian history was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that occurred on June 21, 1990 and affected Gilan and Zanjan provinces. About 40,000 people were killed, 60,000 others were injured, and around 100,000 adobe houses sustained major damage or collapsed.



Death toll rises to 300 in Iran quakes (http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/death-toll-rises-to-300-in-iran-quakes/

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