As usual my day started with huzz and buzz. Got up late, hurried to board my bus…reached my stop just in time to board the bus! After boarding the bus, as like everybody(who travels in bus)…. I settled in a nice seat,put on my headphones and started looking at the outside world 🙂
While looking out, a very interesting scene caught my attention today. Traffic was slow moving near Sholinganallur signal(as usual) , so everybody had to wait atleast for 2 signals before turning in their respective direction. Everybody was losing their cool but there was one person who loved this traffic jam. Traffic jam making a person happy… Can’t believe it right? Yes, a small boy who waits for the signal to turn red so that he can play his wooden drums and be rewarded( I don’t want to use the term “beg” ). This small boy was standing near the divider and playing his drums without any interest. Suddenly, he ran towards an auto. I was curious and adjusted myself to get a better view of this interesting boy and his interest, the auto. The auto was school- auto and it obviously had many school children (all almost his age) in it.
The small boy started exhibiting his talent to get the attention of these kids. The school children were very thrilled to see him play. He was enjoying this attention… his face was shining with happiness. He also offered one of the small schoolboy who was sitting at the corner, closer to him to play his precious instrument. When the schoolkid accepted the offer and reached forward to touch his million-dollar instrument, our Zakir Hussain 😉 taught the schoolkid to beat it with rhythm. The schoolkid’s joy knew no bounds(don’t know whether he would have felt this happy even if he had touched real drums)The next action stunned me. The schoolkid,immediately, opened his pencil-box and took out a pencil-with-rubber and gave it to that boy. The signal turned green and the auto moved. Our little hero, now left the drums and started examining the pencil with great interest. He sat down and started scribbling on a newspaper which was lying on the road 🙂
I just enjoyed watching the friendship and the innocent affection between these two kids. At the same time, something struck me hard. May be this boy also wants to go to school..May be that’s why he rushed to the school kids of his age… This thought made me feel bitter. There may be hundreds of kids like this. Instead of giving them money, why don’t we help them get educated.When we sponsor a kid’s education we are literally giving him a new life. Am not asking everybody to adopt every single kid who is asking alms at signal… just that we can do our little bit. Like, we can help by paying school fees and book fees for the kids of anybody who is poor and stays near( I do for my servant maid’s kid) . If we do that, we can dream of India becoming developed soon 🙂
For all those people who ask me how do I get to find such things on road, when others don’t… Well, I don’t know too 😛 It just happens 😉