Restoring faith in humanity?….credit goes to this rag picker, not more than 10 years old…well his malnourishment obviously made him look younger .. than what he might have been. Now I have a general hatred towards most people , which I credit to the whole idea of kalyug or the onset of dark ages..or whatever you like to call it.
This incident highlights not only the boys innocence but also the existence of values, which are known to be a part of our blood, that are more often than not assumed to be disappearing.
We had to do some errand ..or maybe we were just waiting for Liena . This boy comes along, like all other of his brethren . “ek paisa dede.. kuch ni khaya”. – Give me a paisa, haven’t eaten anything. The regular . My mum handed him the first coin that she found in her purse. A rupee or maybe two. She then told him to call the ice-cream vendor … to …well buy ice-cream . I told her mine then she tells him to bring one cola candy and one kulfi. She then looks at the rag picker and asks him”Tujhe kaunsi khani hai?” – Which one do you want? He is stumped at first. Trying to process what just happened. My mum asks him once more and he says … blushing..yes..blushing “chocolate waali”- the chocolate one. Mum asks the vendor to give him a choco bar with the rest of the order to us. He takes the ice cream and then stares at the coin for 2 seconds . He then rushes to the car and puts it back in mum’s hand ” le lo Aunty , ab main iska kya karunga!?” – take it back lady, what would I do with it now?!. Mum turned to me and we both smiled.
Then two more came along.. Again mum gave the girl the first coin she found .. This time it was ten rupees. She told the girl to share it with the other boy….. She snapped “NAHI!!” – No!!! And ran off…..
I wonder if that first boy regretted his decision afterwards ….. Letting go of that coin . I want to believe he didn’t. I really respect his immediate reaction to the situation . They say ‘if you can’t be generous when you are poor , you’ll never be if you were rich’. Well not the exact words but yeah that’s what it meant.
You know slumdog millionaire did pinch a lot of people on their asses but it was the bitter truth. The larger chunk of our population is living in slums . But for someone even at that level …to show such refined emotion …even if for just 10 seconds…. Well guess what!?….. God exists.