Once upon a time, a woman had luxurious and shiny
hair. She was diagnosed of cancer and she underwent
chemotherapy, due to which her hair started to fall. She was
angry and sad that her beautiful locks of hair were falling
away. Whenever she looked at herself in the mirror, she
Finally, only four strands of hair remained on her head.
She delicately shampooed them and took a photograph. The
next day, only three strands remained. She braided them and
took a photograph. The next day, only two strands remained.
She parted them and took a photograph. The next day, only
one strand of hair remained. She put a rubber band around
it, made a one-hair pony tail, and took a photograph. The
next day, she looked at her completely bald head and took a
photograph of it.
When she saw all the photographs, she was extremely
angry. She concluded that the doctors and the medicines
were responsible for the loss of her lovely hair. She sent all
the photographs along with an angry note to the hospital.
The hospital forwarded the photographs as entries in a
photography contest. The judges found the photographs to
be very beautiful, as they displayed the indomitable spirit of
survival against all odds. Her photographs won the first
During the prize distribution ceremony she said, “Beauty
indeed lies in the eyes of the beholder! I thank the hospital
for forwarding the photographs to this contest. It was my
anger, regret, sadness, helplessness, and a whole bunch of
other emotions that come along with cancer, which actually
made me send the photographs to the hospital. They
handled it with understanding. I owe this prize to them.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani