Happiness**- No Strings Attached

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When I came out of the railway station, all I was thinking was to find an ATM, to withdraw some cash and take an auto rickshaw towards the bus stand. As expected, the ATM at the railway station was out of cash. An old man, probably in his late sixties, came to me asking where I wanted to go. I told him about the destination which he agreed to go to. He had a cycle rickshaw with him and asked for eighty rupees for the journey. I had ample time at my disposal so I agreed with some apprehensions regarding his age and health. I told him that I need to withdraw some cash. Putting my luggage on the back seat, he said he would find me an ATM. We started our journey.

I realized while withdrawing cash that the distance between the source and destination is worth more than the fare he had demanded. While enjoying the view of the city comfortably sitting in a cycle rickshaw, I was somewhere worried about him, while he was enjoying his job as a routine chore. We approached a bridge where I realized he couldn’t take the rickshaw up the slope with the luggage and I loaded. A few other young rickshaw drivers were doing that with fairly visible pain. At the onset of the bridge I told him that I had to pick up a call, could I walk beside him while he took the rickshaw up the bridge, on which he happily agreed, feeling relaxed. In a few minutes, we cleared the hurdle and he asked me to get on board again.

I could observe a visible change in his behavior. He was much relaxed and willing to talk about where I was going, which bus I was going to board, etc. We reached the destination before time. I asked him to come and have some snacks and tea if he wanted, on which he agreed easily. I asked him what he would like to have, “Samosas” he replied happily. While having snacks and tea he kept on looking after my luggage and the bus.

When I saw my bus, I gave him a hundred rupee note with a good bye. He came rushing towards me after a few moments and said, “Acche se jana beta, koi kuch de to khana mat” (Have a safe journey and do not eat anything offered by strangers)

“Me khana lekar aya hu uncle” I laughed and waved him a good bye.

He was happy without any strings attached, not because I offered him food or a few extra bucks. It was the unexpected concern or care he experienced which we often forget to show in hustles and hurries of our busy lives. We are often deeply occupied in our worries that we forget to treat a few human beings as humans and over time they too accept the treatment to be fair…

Let us do our part in making them again feel special, no matter how small or big but a moment of happiness without any strings attached… 🙂

 

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Because I care…

She received a package and exhaled slowly. She knew that he had again spent the money without giving it a second thought. She opened it, a vibrant smile beamed through her face. “This is exactly what I needed, but why did he spent so much money. It would have been fine, even without it…

He called her; “Hello.”

Hello, why did you…” (He interrupted in between)

I know, why I spent so much money, why I always waste so much money in these things, you might have managed without it… fine, now tell me how’s it?

It is very beautiful, exactly what I needed but still I am thinking you shouldn’t have purchased it…’

“It’s absolutely fine, don’t worry, someday I’ll ask if I need something…

They both knew that she always liked what he sent and he would always be bringing her things that she wished for but this dialogue was as if a custom they always used to share after she received what he had sent.

Why did this dialogue happen then?

Probably she always knew that what she had wished would become his top priority and he would certainly be putting his own priorities on back burners and thus she would say; she could have adjusted without it. At the same moment he always knew that she would not be accepting anything if he would be asking beforehand. Thus he always sent the things without her knowing about them. Probably this was the tacit agreement among their hearts…

This is a story of millions of lovely relations among us. We all share such melodious moments in countless forms where “She” may be a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend or any of the forms she shares in her lifetime and similarly “He” too…

You would certainly connect with this piece of writing if you’ve played his or her part anytime in your life and this is probably the most convincing fact that challenges the claims that we are anyhow divided on the basis of class, caste, geography or any such demarcation. No symbolism can be so strong that can alter the basic human nature and the basic human nature is to care. The words, “I care” ,bring such a comfort that no money can ever buy. When care is rare in today’s 4G paced world, being cared is being blessed. Keep caring, this is what makes you “YOU”…

She was searching her notebook to find the password of her Amazon account as she knew what to order for him…