Monday, May 25, 2009

The "Perks" In Life...

On my way back home from college today,a little boy and his elder sister walked in to my compartment to sell some trinkets - kerchiefs, ID card holders and some really pretty mobile pouches. "Bargainaholic" that I am, I decided to buy a few pouches if I could get them for a good price. The little boy, who must have been about six years old, quoted a price of fifty bucks for four pouches.And I happily agreed to buy them.

And then I realised that I had a Chocolate in my bag,a Cadbury Perk that Durgesh had given me in college. Impulsively, I took it out and offered it to the boy. He grabbed it with a delighted grin - an expression that will always remain in my mind, and will always be beyond description.

For a while, he kept staring at it. It was probably something he had never held in his life,until today. "Yeh kitne ka hai?" he asked me. "Pata nahin, mujhe kisi aur ne diya hai", I said, even though I knew very well that it cost ten rupees. Maybe I just did not want to 'quantify' that moment, or his delight.

I asked him to share it with his sister,who was a very pretty little girl,but he mischievously (and possessively) shook his head at my request. I hope he did share it with her,after all. Then he got off at Mulund, waved out happily, and my train chugged out of the station.

Sometimes, strange things happen to you, and they generally happen for a reason. I don't know why Durgesh gave me that chocolate specifically today, but I do know that if he hadn't done so, a little slum kid would have been deprived of a lot of delight. Because a ten-rupee chocolate to him is what a BMW, or a mansion, or even the touch of a loved one, for that matter, is to you and me.

I don't know how many points God gave me for my little deed today...but I can tell you this much - today, I walked out of Thane station with happy spring in my stride. And a delightful grin as well.And to tell you the truth, it wasn't so much of me 'Perk'-ing the little fellow up; it was quite the contrary.

I'm so happy I made a happy memory!

Much Love,


3 Words Of Wisdom (WOWs):

sagar said...

Thats sweet Ms. T.

I had read somewhere that....the purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Maybe such trivial gestures make our lives more worthwhile.

And one more thing even I like chocolates.

Take care.

Durgu said...

Even I'm not sure why I gave u that perk that day, maybe HE had a purpose !!! We're all HIS stringed puppets !!! The boy deserved it !!! :)

Aki said...

Misha, I really don't know how many points god must have given you, but the thing that I know for sure is, the joy that you gave the boy & the memory you bargained was PRICELESS!!

It truly was a 'cadbury moment'!!