Murarilal & The Internet of Humans

Anand (translated to happiness) is one of my all-time favorite Bollywood movies. It was made in 1971 and featured two of India’s best actors Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Both actors won many critical acclaims for this movie. The movie is about how Anand (Rajesh Khanna), a cancer patient and the protagonist of the movie lives life to the fullest knowing very well that his days are numbered.

There is a particular narrative that unfolds repeatedly many times during the movie. Anand walks up to complete strangers on the street and pats them real hard on their back. He yells out, “Hey Murarilal, how have you been, it’s been so long since I have met you!” Anand goes onto talk about how he and this stranger have studied or spent time together in the past. The stranger is completely taken off-guard and has no recollection of ever having met Anand before. Anand makes friends with this complete stranger, they exchange pleasantries and they part ways hoping to meet again. Anand continues this act in his daily life and Dr. Bhaskar (Amitabh Bachchan) is a silent observer through a number of such interactions throughout the movie. One day, Bhaskar loses his cool and asks Anand why he is troubling people. Why is he making up these stories of having met these strangers and yelling at them “Murarilal”. Is there even a real Murarilal that he is yearning to meet? He should have been more careful before disturbing people, he exclaims.

Anand’s response sums up the essence of the movie and his life. He says, “There is no such person called Murarilal. I saw this stranger, I felt like saying hello to him and hence I made up this story. Very often we come across people we like for no apparent reason. This is because every human body has a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter from that stranger sent a vibration across and the receiver in my body received it. I met someone I felt like saying hello to, I said hello, I shook his hands and became friends with him. It is such a great feeling. Is there anything more important in life than this?”

Every human body being is a sender and receiver of Love and Happiness.  This Internet of Humans is the basis of our existence. Let’s meet every human being with the same spirit that Anand meets Murarilal. Let’s meet every individual as if we are meeting a long lost friend. The Internet of Humans built on the fabric of Love and Happiness can have a more profound impact than the Internet of Things built on 5G or LTE.

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