It’s 7 in the morning, you’re in your bed, then suddenly sleeping on your bed, you hear very loud and irritating sound, like there are so many people around you. The sound of people, what they’re talking, noise of buses, autos, crowd, like you’re standing in the middle of the road. But your eyes are still close and you’re trying to ignore this unwanted sound. Suddenly you don’t feel as comfortable in your bed as you normally do. It’s no more warm and spongy. The bed is feeling like so rough and hard, like the floor of your home. You’re feeling uncomfortable. Now, there is one more weird thing happening. You’re feeling cold, like you’re naked on a cold winter night, you start shivering. Like you don’t have your blanket that you always use to warm yourself through the tough winter nights. There is a thin shawl on your body, that is doing nothing to keep you warm. You’re totally in shock and shivering like hell.
Now you wake up, cause you can’t sleep anymore. You’re totally in shock looking around. You’re on a footpath of a very busy road, like feeling weird and embarrassed at the same time. You notice, there is a woman who is cleaning the road near you with a broom. You’re inhaling the dust. You see near your feet there is ashes of woods, like you burnt them last night to keep you warm, but it didn’t help much. Everyone is looking at you, making talks about you that you’re so poor and alone, but you are not right.
Now you put your hand in your pocket. And you find that you got no money. Empty pocket. You look around and see a tea stall, you think a cup of tea will help you a lot to tolerate this freezing cold morning. You’re thinking that, you’ll go to that man, the owner of the stall, ask him for a cup of tea, and promise to return the price of a cup of tea as soon as possible and he will give you easily. Now you’re in front of the owner, without even saying anything, he says, he wouldn’t give you anything. You’re shocked cause you didn’t even ask for it. You ask why? He replied, I knew you beggars very well! But you’re not a beggar right? And that’s what you tell him, his reply is still same.
You’re shivering so hard that you tell him you’ll wash his utensils and he has to give you a cup of tea and some biscuits. Now you’re washing utensils, with the freezing cold water, and thinking what happens to you? Why your life is so hard, where are your family and friends. You have to wash them for a cup of tea, you have actually never done this before. You never want to do this again. You’re so alone and crying that this has to end.
Unfortunately, you woke up and give a sigh of relief. It was just a bad dream. A bad dream. You’re still on your cozy bed, with a warm blanket and no unwanted people looking at you. You thank God that this was a nightmare not reality. And here you have a cup of hot tea…
Have you ever thought that life that you’re afraid of living, there are thousands of people around you, who actually live that hard life, no food, no bed, no blanket just living their life in such hard conditions. Have you ever paid attention to them? I don’t know, I just wanted to write this so badly. A little boy comes to you and asks for some money, you just boycott him, I know you have seen ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and those gang and planing thing is in your mind. But what if that boy really needs money? For a cup of tea? I don’t think so. Your 5-10 rupees are worth more than the need of a little boy, or maybe he is a part of a gang, so what? At least that gang is giving them something, even though it’s nothing, but what are you doing?
You don’t want to study, hate books but what about that boy? Maybe he needs them, it’s not alright, he has a loyal right for education and all the facilities and luxury that you are enjoying. Just because he doesn’t have family or he is alone, it doesn’t give you right to make fun of him.
We totally forget the value of life we’re living, you ever asked your parents what was their condition when they were of your age? I know how hard times my parent had seen. I don’t want to give you lecture, maybe you don’t want to give 5-10 rupees to a needy person, but at least respect that how your parents have managed to give you all the facilities. Or maybe just realize the value of your luxury.
I always give 5-10 rupees to a needy person, or rather than money, I buy them food, or needy things, even thought they comes back to me for more and my friends laugh at me, but the smile they give to me, it can change the world. Help needy, you don’t want to give money, it’s ok, give them a cup of tea. It feels great…