While shopping in the streets of a bazaar in India, saw a child begging beside the avenue, such a sight, floods thoughts in my mind, started cursing the country’s inefficiency, child-labor and was also quite scared, as a friend of mine warned me about beggars and pick pockets during a chin-wag one evening.
Tried to stay away from those innocent faced minuscule terrors. As I walked ahead, towards a spice store, suddenly felt my bag was being pulled by someone, scared at first just tried to grab all my things together and turned back to see a child in ragged clothes, shabby hair and bare feet, scratching her head, I at once pushed that child away from me, making sure that I still have all my bags with me. She fell down and was about to burst out in tears, now I was really
scared. I was warned of beggar’s factions and groups who assail in groups, even if one of them was hurt and wouldn’t let us move until they are given some money. Now was scared for what I did, started looking around to see if any other mendicants would pounce on me.
Luckily ‘NO’. A sigh of relief uffff!. Felt fairly courageous now and with a grunt questioned her-“what?”. She widened her hand to give me something. Shocked to see her return my wallet back, which I accidently had dropped while shifting bags from one hand to other. I was so moved that I wanted to do something good to the her in return but whatever I would do wouldn’t compensate to what I did and for what she did… I took her to the nearest hotel, bought her some rice cakes and a chocolate for her, I handed over the bag to her mentioning what it contained and reached for my wallet to give her some money but the kid was so happy for what she already got and sprinted towards her friend to show what she had and shared the rice cakes with her. I was moved by her innocence, children are always naïve, in a good-way! You know!?! Though all kids aren’t as innocent as they seem or as the one I met. It is all based on the situation they face, that manipulate their character and innocence sabotaged. Practically nothing can be done to improvise their living that’s the true fact which we all have to accept, the only thing we can try is not to orphan a child.
Guest Post by Vriksh.
PS: Pictures are not mine, I took them from web.