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The Prince And The Pauper

The Prince And The Pauper

August 12, 2013

Is our destiny already carved out when we are born?

The birth of Prince George was announced by the Queen’s press secretary and a smartly dressed royal footman of Indian origin, who outside helped place his official birth announcement on an easel outside Buckhingham Palace, watched by world media.

Indeed at that time I wondered if the footman’s Indian origin he had been carefully chosen to show how multicultural Britain was?

Turns out it was by chance that Badar Azim, helped announce the royal birth. The Palace had a rota of footmen who were scheduled to be on duty at the Privy Purse door, and Mr Azim happened to be the one who was on duty at the time the birth was announced.  Thus pictures in which he is smartly dressed in a black suit with tails and a red waistcoat, were published in media outlets around the world.

So that was fate.

It was fate again that a few weeks later, as Prince George begins his life within the multi-million dollar home his parents have in Buckinghamshire and in Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1A, Azim has returned home to India and back to the two rooms shared with his extended family in a Calcutta slum.

Somewhere here, between the lines is the unsaid story of the tiny prince who will play out his life in luxury yet in front of world media, and the pauper who helped announce his coming into this world, and who after a quick brush with three seconds of fame will probably live out his live trying to swim up from his humble origins in one of the poorest cities of the world.

Azim is reported to have tried to extend his visa after his almost 18 months at Buckingham Palace, during which he met the Queen.

Now he has given up his job, and a grace-and-favour flat in the Royal Mews within the grounds of Buckingham Palace, returned his uniform, and handed back the keys to his Royal Mews flat after a two-year work period tagged on to his student visa came to an end.

Is there a moral to this story? I am sure there is. Yet am unable to put a finger to it, except that it feels a trick of destiny that these two people who had a lot in common for a few momentous seconds, yet will nothing to share in the future. A tragi-comedy-commentary of what life is often about.

I wonder if the prince when he is twenty-five will one day meet Azim and the tabloids will then run the story of how this fifty year old ex-footman had helped announce his arrival to the world. Where will they be then, and where will I be?


    14.08.13 08:18 PM
    @ Laxmi

    The answer to your first question is YES.

    Think of it like this, if you are born in slum, then most likely you will remain poor whole of your life, unless you win lottery, and chances of that happening are slim, in fact very slim.

    The divide speaks for itself.

    The position that you are in now, is all thanks to your mother and father and their parents before them and so on, and if you call that fate or the destiny then that's what it is.

    Now you can bring in all the counter arguments, about the point I made. Therefore my question is, is there a God?
  • Rajpriya
    14.08.13 05:09 AM
    Nicely written that says all stories have two sides.

    The moral? The happy beginning of one’s life is the sad ending of another’s?

    Read a news story somewhere that Prince Harry will teach Prince George how have to fun in life. I only hope that Badar Azim will not be struggling to find out how to be happy at all at fifty.

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