Throngs of people may have already began to queue before the lottery outlet cashiers to buy their tickets for tonight’s 6/55 draw whose jackpot prize has grown to more than 304 million pesos. That’s a huge sum of money and whoever gets it is gonna be a helluva lucky guy.
What would you do if you had lots of money? Money which you could not get from hard labor in this lifetime but has gotten to your lap without any sweat? Cool, huh?!?
That is the centerpiece of TRASH, a novel by Andy Mulligan. The book is quite interesting: think The DaVinci Code in the slums, then Shawshank Redemption. 😀
Hope you also get the chance to read a copy and enjoy as much as I did!
I read the book on the night of November 2, and there’s one scene where the juvenile characters had to open up a tomb on Hallow’s Eve. Awwwoooooooo!!!! 😀
And here’s a thought-provoking excerpt from the book:
“I learned perhaps more than any university could ever teach me. I learned that the world revolves around money. There are values and virtues and morals; there are relationships and trust and love – and all of that is important. Money, however, is more important, and it is dripping all the time, like precious water. Some drink deep; others thirst. Without money, you shrivel and die. The absence of money is drought in which nothing can grow. Nobody knows the value of water until they’ve lived in a dry, dry place – like Behala. So many people, waiting for the rain.”
(Mulligan, Andy. TRASH (USA: David Fickling Books, 2010), 149)
I hope the quote would simply have an impact on you, too. 😀
If ever I’d win the jackpot in the lottery tonight, I’d make sure that many people would feel like winners, too.
How ‘bout you? Have you placed your bets already?
Have a great weekend.
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“Natuto ako higit pa sa kung anumang maituturo ng alinmang pamantasan. Natutunan kong ang mundo ay umiikot sa pera. May pagpapahalaga at kabanalan at moralidad; merong mga pakikipag-ugnayan at pagtitiwala at pagmamahal—at ang lahat ng mga ‘yon ay importante. Ngunit ang pera ay mas importante, at parating tumatagas ito, tulad ng mamahaling tubig. Maraming malalim ang iniinuman; ang iba’y nauuhaw. Kapag walang pera, manliliit ka at mamamatay. Ang kawalan ng pera ay tagtuyot kung saan walang anuman ang kayang tumubo. Hindi malalaman ang halaga ng tubig hanggang hindi sila maninirahan sa tuyong-tuyong lugar- katulad ng Behala. Napakaraming tao, naghihintay ng ulan.” (Pagsasalin ni taribong mula sa excerpt ng librong nabanggit)