We recently shifted to a new residence. After adjusting to a new surrounding, after finding a maid for the housework,a few months later, one fine day our maid came up to my mother and said, "Tai, mi udya pasun 10 divas nahi yenar, hi mulgi kam karel toparyant majhya jagi" (ma'm I won't come for 10 days, till then this girl will work in my place).. the 'girl' was a 12-14 yr old.. Along with her she had brought her 7 yr old sister..
Now, everyday these two young girls would come and do the housework. Whenever I was around I used to watch them, these girls (the 14 yr old barely 6 yrs younger to me) had the determination to succeed in whatever they did. I insisted always that the younger one shouldn't work, she was way too small! Child labour is illegal!
I used to see both of them eyeing me, my clothes, my books, and I used to feel bad. The younger one especially was so sharp at grasping things and was very observant and quick. I could imagine that if she was educated she could reach heights & succeed a lot. She would get all the nice things she wanted.
I had no answers to their innumerable questions. I just felt a deep sense of compassion and a feeling of helplessness dawned over me. I wished there was something significant I could do for them than just talk to them.
The 10 day period was over and our old maid was back to work. As I bid adieu to the girls, they thanked me for whatever I had said to them. They said sharing their problems with me helped them to feel stress free and unburdened.
I was glad I could help by atleast listening to what they had to say..
I wondered whether I will meet them again, I wondered if they will get all the riches they wanted, I wondered if they will take to thieving if they didn't get the things they wanted..I just wondered...
I am sure you feel the same!! We all have faced such small incidents which somehow leave a mark on us!
I think there is a urgent need to create awareness in our society about hygiene & education. I have just expressed my thoughts randomly. But I would like to say to all of you, that go out & make someone's day, I am sure you'll feel better. Better than the person whom you are helping.. Go ahead friends, the world needs you!!! Even a small effort from you side will make a difference that's what I learnt..
As for the girls, I never met them again till date. I just hope they are doing well wherever they are!
So just go out there- Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.