The sun was shining bright in the sky, even the month of October felt like as if it is June. I was in the middle of the street trying to find my way out. I was once again deceived by Google maps, and now I was lost. I tried to ask local people. Some didn’t knew and some were not even interested. These client meetings can be awful at times, specially when you are not into your job willingly. I was new to the place and was trying to know it a little better. I somehow managed to find a place near to mine on the maps which was about 3 Km away. I was not having any vehicle and also public transport was not available for that particular area. So without any option I had to walk.
I was already cursing the situation I was in, and was blaming myself for the decisions I have made. I took the road and started to walk. There were some shops on the roadside but none of the people knew about the place. I was walking just when I saw two school kids walking the same direction I was going. Their same uniform was indicating that they were from the same school. Their torn dress and no school shoes could tell that they were not from a economically stable background. They were teasing each other and were laughing loudly in the middle of the road. For a moment I was jealous of the fact how free and happy they were. Just when I crossed them I decided to ask them my place. To my surprise they somehow knew the place. They told me they were going in the same direction and I can join them. I agreed to this. We three started walking on the road in the middle of nothing.
They were both talking to each other, just when I decided to pick up a conversation. I asked them in which class do they study. They told me that one was in fourth class and one was in sixth. I started asking them about what subjects do they study in school. The younger one told me, “They teach us Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit and English.” I asked him don’t they teach mathematics and science in school. To which the elder one gently slapped the younger one and laughed “Don’t they teach maths to you.”
The sight of them enjoying each other’s company was amusing. I again asked them, “What do you want to do in future”. The younger one immediately replied I want to be a hockey player. At this I asked him in a sarcastic way, “But what would you do for money” and he again replied with the same excitement “who wants money, I just want to represent my country.” Then I asked the elder one and he said he wants to be a doctor. To which he said, “I just want to make sure no one in my neighbourhood dies just because we cannot afford a doctor.” He further told me how one amma lost her life because they couldn’t take her to the a doctor for treatment.
I was just amazed by the the thinking capabilities of such young kids, and was wondering how lost are we all that we cannot even ponder over such thoughts. Just then the younger one said “we will take a turn from here, you just keep going straight and take the first left, you will find your place.”
I realised that I haven’t asked their names, so I said, “What are your names?” The younger one said, “He is Deepak and I am Ali”.
I waived at both of them and started to walk on my way. It was just so inspiring that such young kids can think at this level and we being the responsible adults our running away from our duties. Our duties towards the nation, towards the society and towards the people we live with. And somehow I realised we all have a kid deep inside who is living with such dreams and aspirations, it’s just that we don’t listen to it much, and It is time now to let that kid make the decisions.
I remember the words by Robert Frost:
“I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”