22 Feb 2011

That day I realised...

A guest post by my friend "Random Thinker".

 It was raining heavily since last night. Almost 8:30 Am and it was still dark outside. I was in hurry to catch my bus to go to office.  I took rickshaw from my house till bus depot. I secured myself from rain by standing in queue under bus stop roof.  People were standing quietly in queue waiting for bus, some enjoying rain and some getting irritated.  Suddenly rain stopped and we all got blessed by sun shine.

I was happy that rain finally stopped and now I don’t have to be very cautious to protect myself from rain.  As I was enjoying the atmosphere and looking everywhere, I saw one boy standing at the corner of the bus depot. He was completely wet, had worn nothing but shorts, bare foot, shivering, it looked like he was out there in rain from past night.  I don’t know why but it gave me very disgusting feeling and I turned my face to opposite side.
People were making weird faces while looking at that boy and then were behaving like that boy doesn’t exist.  From corner of my eye I again dare to  looked at that boy , he was shivering badly and it seemed that he had not ate anything (might be he is hungry from past 1,2 .. , I don’t know how many days).

Our bus came at bus stop and every one hurried to get into the bus. Suddenly that boy also moved towards the bus and tried to get into the bus. People started shouting on him. The bus conductor came and scolded on that boy and asked him to go away from the bus. The scared boy moved away from bus, still shivering. I got into the bus and sat near window. Our bus started and as our bus moved I looked again at that boy, he was still there standing bare foot and looking at us with his big deep black eyes.  Suddenly I felt very bad, my heart started paining.

I asked one question to myself – Why I did not helped that boy? One cup of tea and some biscuits could have been great relief for him (and it could have cost me not more than Rs. 10), then why I did not do that? Is it because of money? No, of course not, Rs. 10 is not such a big deal for me. Then what was the issue?
I got my answer. I t was not the money or time issue. I did not helped that boy because I thought what other will thing if I helped that boy?  , what if somebody sees me with that boy? I did not helped that boy because everybody were hating him. I did not helped that boy because I thought he does not belong to us. Somewhere I challenged his existence also.  And as all these thoughts started coming into my head, I felt very shallow, selfish and fake. Here I am who always complain because 1/4th part of my pant got wet due to rain and there was a boy out there in rain from past night , standing quietly , looking at people with big hopeful eyes with hope that someone will help.

How many times it happens that we are in position to help others but by giving stupid excuses we just escapes from our responsibilities. I have made a biggest mistake, but I am ready to correct it by changing my attitude.  Change always should start from the man in the mirror.

12 comments:

Nil said...

I fully agree with you and glad that it has opened your eyes. God has made us to help others. God will help us. Help others within your own ability. I know we cannot make a difference to everyone, but you could have made a difference to that one. Help someone and see how liberated it feels. Let society go f... themselves, you do what is right and what God wants you to do.

Mohammed Yasin said...

Very Good Article.....

Sneha said...

yes Nil I agree, sometimes it takes time for us to realise. But once we realise it, we should not look back..

Anonymous said...

Yes Nil, i know i made mistake but i have promised myself not to repeat same and hope after reading my post others will also do the same.
Lets Heal the world .. :)
- Random Thinker

Royal Nirupam said...

Besides the other peoples, people like you lives in the world. So it is habitable and beautiful

Roy Durham said...

lets give it a try world it might be better. thank for saying what needs to be said and done. great post thank you and god bless

JP Brandano Photography said...

The man in the mirror either looks you in the eye or looks away... what in all our mirrors is important to see
Thank you Sneha as always your interesting
Jim
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Motifs said...

Totally relate to your post...very well written.

ShanimalCrackers.blogspot.com said...

There's a show called "What Would You Do" in which actors play the part of ordinary people doing things out of the ordinary. It's a candid camera show to see how those around the actors respond. It seems like most people don't help others because they think someone else will do it. Why should they?

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Random said...

Hey everyone, thank you so much for your warm response. Your feed back is valuable for me.

Kunal Bhardwaj said...

An honest and thoughtful post. Liked it very much. It is actually our mindset about what others will think...And we need to come out of it..

yash1229 said...

An honest, simple and well-written post.
We must realize that we shouldn't be afraid of what other people think of us..Only then, can we succeed.

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