Friday, February 24, 2006

Golda Meir... And The 25 Stephans!


In the book 'O Jerusalem' by Dominic Lapierre and Larry Collins, there is a portion called "GOLDA MEIR'S TWENTY-FIVE "STEPHANS". I tried many a times to get the entire extract from the web, but failed.

Each time i read the portion in the beat up copy of the book i have, I cannot help but cry. Yeah, yeah, yeah, men do cry too.

The portion details about how this lady came to New York with a broken coat on her back and $10 in her hand bag, entrusted with the job of finding 25 'Stephans' or $25 Million for buying arms to keep the enemies away.

Her pathetic dress ensured that she was referred to as a lady from the bible. She stood up and felt weak. And then, word became her and she touched an instant chord. By the end of it all, she had collected 50 Stephans where she was asked for 25.

She can rightly be called the 'Mother of modern Israel'.

I wish i knew her, if only to say that each time i read the speech, i feel its power -to move souls...

I wish i knew her, if only to say that i was honoured to share the same time span as she did...

I wish i knew her, if only to listen and learn about how to move the human soul by mere speech, like she so effotlessely did...

6 comments:

ajoy said...

hey there,i heard about your move.well doha is a bit far off.bu i guess its closer than now.

So you not planning on studying?

Nice to hear from you.Hope things in home are all good.I bet Leela aunty must be packing enough food to last a millenium.

Dont worry youll be more at home here than in delhi.

meet you online sometime.

Roshomon said...

Can I link you on my blog?

Vintage said...

R.I.P.

Shivangi said...

I see the blogging is still on... though its slowed down...

Anonymous said...

it's "Dominique lapierre".thanks for reminding me about this book. will earmark it for my summer reading

ursjina said...

same here..its such devastatingly touchy one..:(