Winters; color of snow, smell of coffee, warmth of bonfire and flavors of lavish feast, a blend of these make the perfect winters for most of us. On one such winter days, I was travelling to office, tucked cozily in my car seat, sipping coffee and listening to my favorite music but I was fuming over the phone. I was in a heated argument with my husband over cancellation of my long-planned beach vacation due to an urgent meeting he just couldn’t miss. As I got off the phone I started cursing my life and argued with faint voices in my head on how ill-fated I am to have missed my dream vacation!
I stopped at the red-light and looked out in disgust, I saw a small child lying on the side of the road, struggling to beat the harsh cold waves with the only ragged piece of cloth he had for cover. As I looked further, I saw several like him, taking shelter under the open sky, they called ‘home’. As my eyes delved the whole area, it caught the gaze of an old man, who seemed to be asking question, asking me to do something, asking me to help!
I called out to him and gave him a hundred rupee note, but to my astonishment, he said, this wont buy him his wife’s death. He told me that everyday many cars stop by the same signal, everyone see their plight and then turn blind eyes. Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand! He told me that few days ago, he pleaded infront of number of cars to give him few bucks to buy something warm for his wife, but all people did was stared at him, pushed him away or gave look of disgust. Brutal cold waves ‘murdered’ his wife.
He denied the hundred rupee note and walked away, leaving me surprised as to what could have made him deny that? After all he is still on road, cold waves are even more fierce now and he is still with no money to feed himself.
May be I will never have answer to this but I realized most of us keep complaining about our lives even though we are blessed with everything and then there are people who are actually struggling to survive, struggling to make it to each day alive!