Monday, June 11, 2007

One Afternoon @ The Red-Light

m The only reason behind starting dis blog is to share dis one experience I had 2day dat changed my approach 2 life.
The day before was one of the hottest dayz in delhi-44 degrees C , and 2day was no better. It was abt 10:20 am nd I was on my way 2 Narayana (iit coaching center).
My shirt nd helmet were soaked in my sweat as I was waitin at the red light at the IIT flyover.
As I looked in my rear view mirror I saw dis very small girl (abt 4 yrs old) wearing a dirty , torn frock , bare feet on the metallic road. I turned back to look at her directly. All the carbon nd hot gases from the exhausts of the neighboring vehicles (not 4m mine, I had turned off the engine :) ) were hitting her face. She was cryin out loud wid her shrill voice “ chai wale , chai wale ” (imagine such a small child calling her frnd as chaiwala…like me calling u guys “padhnewale” instead of ur names ). And dis “chai wala” was jus another 7-8 yr old boy who too was wearing a dirty, torn unbuttoned shirt nd a torn half-pant nd was carrying a hot kettle of tea. The girl was abt 9-10 meters away from the “chai wala “. With all the roaring of the engines nd the horns I could still hear her voice nd maybe – no definitely, evn the “chai wala” heard her bt he didn’t stop and turn back..he kept on walkin his way….poor girl in the scorching sun bare feet on the metallic road..wid ol d hot gases hitting still shouting wid all her might….I just can’t describe how she was speeding up her little steps to reach the “ chai wala” ( nd also due 2 d hot metallic road)..maybe she wanted some water or sumthing…I jus had 3 eclairs in my pocket…dere was still much time for the light to turn green…I called her loudly…she wasn’t far from me…I gave her dose 3 eclairs, merely a matter of 3 rupees for us bt not less dan a delicacy for her..
She said no word of thanks…maybe she knew none…bt d smile on her face was so damn pure…at dat one moment all my problems seemed so small….they just vanished and I realized how I was wasting my life sulking over petty things…when ppl like her were facing life wid a smile.
That day in Narayana dere was a commotion in class bcoz the ACs weren’t working. I know it was a very very bad situation but atleast it was better than the heat on the roads outside….if every1 would’ve made up dere mind to study it was very much possible to study in dat very room. This is the damn problem wid us guys , we r always complaining! (c um complaining abt dis problem rightaway !)

When I reached home dat day I called up a frnd.we tokd 4 a while bt she seemed 2 be upset abt sumthin so she put down d fone. Then trying 2 help her I msgd her the following:- ( the numbered ones are my msgs nd in between r my comments )
1.“ If girls wear mini skirts, they look sexy..How wil it look like, if boys wear the same ??? Answer :it will look like a CHURCHBELL !!! I noe it’s a Pathetic Joke bt it makes Toothy Stuart Little smile nd say “stupid” abhi apna mood aur dimag theek karle..mood theek karna is as simple as zapak mail…1 2 4 :-)
moral of the msg-ur problems may seem very big 2 u bt jus think abt d 4 yr old gal at d red light in d scorching sun bare feet on d road ”

( I msgd her tryin 2 help her nd make her feel better bt I soon went overboard nd let out all I had in mind !!! )

2.“nd the tsunami victims in d rehab camps even aftr so many yrs..ppl who lost ol dere families nd wealth nd don’t have ANYONE by dere side..nd think of dose ppl in sum remote village who mortgage their land( for JUST Rs. 60,000 as we say) to send their only child 2 fiitjee nd narayana so dat dey can compete for sum 4000 seats. Nd dose disabled nd blind teenagers who neva went 2 PVR Cinemas wid ny frnd..dere r millions f such ppl nd dey still live wid a ur prob stil so big ??:-) ”

Then she replied: “are u tryin 2 help me or make me feel worse !!!”
Bt I was busy writing her a msg(continuation of a above) nd I didn’t read her reply then !!! poor thing [:P]

3.“ we olwayz complain abt things we don’t hav bt neva value d things we hav..u noe ppl in d 3rd africa nd d othr parts of the world would kill for a life dat we guys lead….bt we guys r 2 busy sulkin over petty things 2 realise dis..wht um tryin 2 say is dat treasure ur life nd njoy every moment of it..dont waste ur life jus “dimaag kharab” karke….advice-instead of havin a 5star urself..giv it 2 sum poor bare footed 4 yr old gal at d redlight u’l ”

Then she replied again “Stop it !! um nt sulkin over petty things..nd I don’t need ny1 ryte now…I’ll b fine by myself..bye nd don’t reply..”
Bt I had by den already msgd her d following(continuation of d above msg)…nd I read her reply much l8r..

4.“ feel better abt urself..dat smile on her face is so dat moment ol ur problems vanish..dey ol feel so small nd petty..if dese guys cn face life wid a smile y cant we..nd if u don’t liv ur life well nd use ol d opportunities 2 b happy u’ll not only b wronging urself bt u’ll b wronging dese guys as well…may God b wid u..God bless all..liv well nd olwayz b happy :-) ”

And it was only aftr I’d msgd her all I wanted to that I read her replies.
After reading her replies initially I was mad at her and was disgusted wid her 4 sulkin over petty things but soon enuf I realized dat I was not disgusted wid her-I was disgusted wid myself !!! ( nd ol dose ppl cryin over petty things…excluding dis frnd …she gets upset rarely nd dis was one such occasion…poor thing…nd yeah l8r I called her nd made her HAPPY…OK !!!). Many of my frndz (including me) are olwayz cryin abt small things….domestic problems, lost love, frndz betrayin us…nd othr stuff…I noe dese r not very small problems…bt if we cant help it …its no use jus wasting our entire life cryin abt it…Of course its very normal nd correct to b sad abt it…nd let it out…but some ppl cry abt it ALL THE TIME !!! They have jus lost HOPE !!! Like d worldz come 2 an end !!!

This one day made me realize dat life is much bigger than our problems nd we shud rejoice every moment of it…nd try 2 help dose who r really in a state of destitute…dose widout hope…trust me dese small bt selfless deeds make u feel much much better abt urself !!!
Instead of going 2 Hooka nd burning ur lungs nd money away (um nt sayin don’t go dere at all OK bt reduce it)..if we spare some time nd money for dose kidz in an orphanage it’ll be much better..(Vasant Kunj fellowz dere is an orphanage near Aadyant play skool )
Um not askin u 2 stop leadin a life of luxury ……jus dat if u can do whateva minimal for the needy den the world will definitely b a much better place.. nd wheneva ur down nd low nd u feel u hav ol d problems in d world…think abt dese ppl…nd ask urself…r my problems still so big ???


Neerja said...

hey sovan...dats rilli true...wat u hv written made me thnk bout lyf,in a different li8...
send dis link 2 evry1 so dat it helps dem d way it helpd me..
P.S:d comments wr hilaroious...

kasturi said...

yea, i agree with u.. v really crib a lot.. we are actually very lucky to have a family, frenz and people who care for us and the basic neccesities of life. moreover, v must feel ourselves lucky that v r phsyically n mentally fit.. i mean thats an another imp thing .. anyways, this was definitely a good post.. i used to blog earlier but these days my blog is kinda dead.once, even i rote something abt how lucky and satisfied we should actually be about our life and jus stop cribbing.. ok so keep blogging..

Anubhav said...

hey thats a good like i have always thought abut al this but in a very diifrent way than yours

nikita said...

sovann..its amazinggg.. i dun hv words..its like all the feelings me nd i guess many many others hv strewn in beauuutttiiifuullyy!!!!

Vicky said...

hey sovan......righly said yaar........we ppl crave for small things........n cry da hell lot abt our problems........n forget all those whu still dunno get wat we wud be so gud if ppl see the other way sumtimes.........i wud surely try 2 do dat.......thanxx....

shahbaz said...

bhai u hav opened my eyes..bhai gr8 observationand u have described it in gr8 way..especially d ac thing ..inw can imagine dat ac nt wrking was a very small thing as compared to girl and we were making so noises 4 just a smallthing..gr8 going bhai..god bless..

Tania said...

heya awesum blog.....adn its all soo true........waise i was thinking u could hv mentioned me and our friends in d narayana-class-wid-no-AC part.....but neva mind....
and i didn't kno u could write dat well.........way to go dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saurav said...

Our minds seem to agree very much on this.Have had similar situations here too....