Can money buy health and life?
How to get filthy rich in rising Asia - the title makes the book a self-help book, and the goal is wealth. The key word is "filthy". It emphasizes that the one and only focus of the book is to help its readers become rich - by any mean, and the one and only goal of those readers is to become rich - by any mean. By reading the title, readers may assume that once we become rich, we have everything we need and want. However, as we read the book, it turns out that there are many things that wealth itself cannot buy us, and one of them is health. During his life, the protagonist has been through the death of his loved ones - his unsurviving sibling, his mother, his father, his sister, and the pretty girl. The protagonist himself also fights with his age and the heart attacks. Illness and death are with us despite wealth or poorness.
Being born in poverty, the protagonist's youngest sibling cannot survive and becomes "a tiny skeleton in a small grave at the base of a tree" (Hamid 33). The death of the youngest sibling makes the protagonist the third-born child who doesn't have to go back to the village, doesn't become a painter's assistant with the residual of paint on his skin, and can have an education which is "a running leap towards becoming filthy rich in rising Asia" (Hamid 32). When the protagonist is in the middle of his education, his mother gets diagnosed with cancer and they need money for her operation. By this point, money has its meaning. Money means surgery, following treatments, and opportunity to save her life. But the cost is more than the protagonist's father's annual salary, and, of course, they can't afford it. The protagonist's father has to ask his employer for help and she agrees to pay for the surgery which, according to the doctor, can save his wife. However, she refuses to pay for the ongoing treatments even when the protagonist's father beseeches her for help. She explains to him that:
Life is one long...