Seeing Optimism

Hello everyone, I would like to share a warm experience of mine with the readers of Quill.

Recently I was traveling in the suburban train here in Chennai. It was one fine afternoon and my compartment had just around 10 people. I was slowly beginning to doze off as the mild breeze grazed upon me through the windows. Suddenly I happened to hear a drum sound, beating hard. Then I noticed it was the regular case of children who came there begging with their mother.


In my mind, only one thing was going on. I stared at their mother with an accusing look, for not providing education to her children despite it being available for free in government schools. Its always easy to find out mistakes in others. I assured myself that I won’t let my hand take even a rupee from my wallet. The children passed me. I could see the disappointment in their faces. Just then I saw a person doing something that I have never seen anyone do so far in my train journeys.

According to me, there are three classes of people in suburban trains with respect to their attitude towards beggars. The first category of people are those who offer some money to beggars, the second category are those who don’t offer anything(the category to which I belong) and the third category were the ones who would complain and scold the beggars.

Parveen Khatoon, 12, along with her niece Noor, 7, begs for alms in trains in the Sealdah line everyday. She sings Hindi and Bengali film songs to entertain the commuters. express photo by Subham Dutta. 09.02.16

But that man was a strange combination of these classes. At first he shouted at the woman for not finding herself a job and also to have burdened her kids to beg in trains. The woman was dumbstruck. Then he did something unusual. I thought he would be giving some money to those kids. Instead he took out his tiffin box and gave his entire lunch to them. I saw the warm smiles adorning their beautiful faces. One would definitely not find such a smile in their faces even if you had offered them a thousand rupees.

That person was in his twenties. I saw the satisfaction in his face. People like him are hard to find. Money comes and goes , but morality comes and grows. After this incident, my intention on beggars had slight deviated from the original. We live in a society where everyone sees the flaws, but only a very few come forward to repair it. Just share your joy and happiness with those who need it. That will surely bring you double the amount of happiness you shared.

The writer, Aravind Rajagopalan, is currently pursuing his second Year in Information Technology.

All pictures were sourced from Google.