On PuLa Deshpande, playwright, musician, essayist and his literary legacy, from http://www.manase.org.

Via Gaurav Sabnis, an excerpt from Asami Asami:

I have never been a religious man. My father didn’t really care for gods and goddesses either. In fact he would often say to me, “Bemtya, a smooth and shiny rupee is the real god. You know how even a puny letter does not budge from its place unless you buy stamps to stick on it? Similarly, even god can’t help a ‘not paid’ man get anywhere in life. So, counting cash is more important than counting blessings, get it?”

(Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, also known as “Pu La”, born on 8 November, 1919)