Happiest Moments

Also in this link: http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/that-moment-of-happiness

“Dai….! paach rupya dinu na  ……….. !”

That little girl came asking for five rupees. I was watching people throwing garbage on the Seti river gorge from the K I Singh bridge.

“What will you with the money?” I asked.

“I will buy noodles.” she answered.

“Is five rupees sufficient to buy noodles?” I asked again.

She didn’t speak.

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“What’s your name?”

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“How old are you?”

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“Where are you from?” / “Where is your home?”

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“Where are your dad / mum?”

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“When?”

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…??  …??  …??  …??  …??  …??  …??  …??  …??  …??

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She answered each question hesitantly. Probably, this  was the first time she was facing this much questions in her life.

I didn’t know if she was about to give up because of that much questions or was hopeful for the amount as I was the first (?) stranger who showed his concern about her family and life.

“Is it ok if I buy noodles for you?” She had just said that she would buy noodles with the money I gave.

“Yes.”

“Which one do you prefer – NOODLES or BISCUITS  ?”

“Noodles.”

“What if I buy a biscuit for you?”

She didn’t speak.

“Don’t  you like biscuits?”

She shook her head to say “no”.

“Ok, come with me.  I will buy noodles for you.”

I went to a nearby shop and bought a packet of noodles, and handed it to her. She was neither happy nor sad. Her face was as usual. She was not grateful towards who has given her something to eat. It does not mean I was expecting gratitude/ thanks from her. I know she was too young and was just content with asking and asking; no matter if someone give her something or not. Why should she be grateful towards those who give her something as she cannot be angry towards / blame those who do not give her anything? To give or not to give is up to you. And it’s of no use if she became angry too, with them who do not give her anything.

She walked away opening the packet of noodles. I watched for a while. She went on walking, eating the noodles. A destinationless walk.  I know she had nowhere to go.

Probably, she was thinking of asking for MONEY with somebody else.

The moment didn’t become the happiest just because I gave a beggar girl a packet of noodles.

Had I given her FIVE RUPEES instead of the NOODLES PACKET, she would have been much happier probably……… !!!

That moment was happiest when I realized that I spent Twelve (12) rupees for her albeit she had asked for just Five (5) rupees. 🙂 

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