Thursday, June 14, 2007

I had the longing to scribble this down long since it happened. But, somehow could not. Last few days, have been feeling at fault for not penning this down.

A month back, I was returning home by my office bus. It was 7PM. I got down at the bus stop near my house. I was trapped in the best of Bangalore traffic - colossal buses, humongous trucks, flood of cars and bikes and all other the vehicles of the world. As I hasted on the road, I was in my own head trip about what all I need to do when I land home.
Then….I saw him….a drooping old man, with his round shoulders almost hanging down. He must have been somewhere in his 80s. He was aiming to do something which looked unachievable for him….cross the road at that choking hour.

At first, I think I was neutral. For once I thought “Someone would come and help him in sometime, I have to rush home.” However, I could not remain stoic for long. Call it upbringing, education, individual perspective or something else…. “What if no one came to his help?” Some voice from inside said “Ok….I have to go home, but, this will take only 5 minutes.”

So, I went to him and supported him as he crossed the road. It took precisely 3 minutes. He smiled once we were on the other side. And then we both went our own ways.

He could not see properly and he spoke some incoherent feeble words, but I could sense his blessings.

I don’t think I did anything I could be proud off….and this is not an achievement I want to share with the world.
I narrate this because, somehow that old man’s face comes to my mind now and then. And with that come many questions. Why was he there? Why could no one help him? Where were his near and dear ones? Why had they left him alone?

And......

Will each of us be at his place some or the other day?

8 comments:

Amandeep said...

:-) Now if i say something like "very well written," or "awesome," or "you're just too good," or something of the sorts, it'll sound a bit cliched... Nonetheless, it's very true... Not just for your writing, but also for your pure and honest thinking!!

And as far as our similar thinking is concerned... That's what being such good friends is all about... Haina?? :-)

Love you loads...

Vish said...

Good stuff Priya, as I have been telling you recently and i tell again you express quite wonderfully mundane stuff with amazing simplicity and honesty which actually make a significant difference in life.

But one thought may be a bit contrarian but nevertheless I share... although your thoughts are quite touching but always appreciate life as a whole...

First you are young and smart; getting into middle-aged and stubborn; turning to old and golden; finally wonderful and peaceful, life is most serene. This is the beautiful cycle of life which every human goes through as law of god and every moment is ABSOLUTE DIVINE... remember Life was beautiful even for the old man who was struggling to cross the road, but you only saw the pity you didnt see the happiness in his eyes of a man who has lived a beautiful life and is fast approaching the most Wonderful serene phase of his life.

See life as a whole, and not always in a microscope as LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

May be a divergent thought from your beautiful writing... in any case your writing inspired some of it...

Amandeep said...

@Vish : Wow!!!! What a wonderful thought and a brilliant perspective!! Don't know if Priya had read it yet, but i'm truly inspired!!
Thanks!!
God bless... :-)

Priya said...
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Priya said...

@Aman: Love you sweets:)
@Vish: Thanks! finally you could post the comment.

I am getting the point you both are trying to make here and I completely agree to both of you. Its not that I am getting negative or pessimistic thoughts...its just that I get a little disturbed when I see miseries around me...Aman, I am sure knows that. As far as me as an individual is concerned, I know, believe and see always the positive side of life....enjoying every bit of it as much as possible!!
And with friends like you....I am sure its gonna be a joyride.

Amandeep said...

:-) I know sweetheart u hardly ever get pessimistic thoughts... And when u do, u manage to shoo them away!! I also know how sensitive you are to other's suffering, and forget your own seeing a complete stranger in any kind of pain...
That is one out the so many things that makes you such a wonderful human being and the bestest friend in the whole wide world!!
Love you and miss you loads!!!

P.S. Check my blog, left a message for u there...

Anonymous said...

The point is when ever we see someone like that old man it comes to our mind and we try to place ourselves in their shoes. What if we were him? This thought then leads to what if no one helps us? Will i be like him when i grow old - helpless and insignificant to the world? But you showed to him that he was not insignificent by helping him cross the road so that he could reach his destination. Where did he want to go and what work or purpose he had, and why did his folks left him alone are stories beyond your control. You just played your part in his life!!!

So cheers :-)

Priya said...

Thanks