The city known for a traffic jam is the spot for beggars or poor people at the traffic signal. Not all beggars are part of gangs or exploited by illegal groups. Some are old people who have no place to stay. Their poor financial wealth makes them ask for money on the streets.
Just like a normal day, the traffic signal showed stop sign for 15 minutes. The roads were broad. I was sitting in an auto-rickshaw. While waiting in there, I was just watching the people, the buildings, and the traffic.
I noticed an old lady wrapped in an old torn Saree. She had south Indian traditional attire. She was knocking windows of every vehicle, thereby, asking for money to have food. Many two wheelers and four wheelers avoided her.
She got disappointed and walked away from the road. She was going back somewhere on the side platform.
Within a moment, signal showed the start light. All the vehicles rushed to move on.
A man in a sedan car called a person on the bike. This man gave some cash to that person on a bike and pointed him to pass it to that lady.
While all the vehicles were rushing in a hurry, the lady was already walking in the opposite direction of vehicles on walking lane platform.
The man on the bike parked his bike beside, ran a bit and gave the amount to other man and asked him to give it to that lady.
This other man was sitting on the backseat of another bike.
This man got off and walked a short distance. He passed it to the man on the bicycle and told the same.
The bicycle man parked his cycle and ran towards the lady.
Finally, the lady received the cash.
She did not know who gave her originally. As all the people who helped her in the chain had already moved on in the traffic.
In the whole scenario, everyone struggled in the main traffic place to give the money to that lady. This proves happiness lies in giving. This proves humanity still exists. The rich or the middle class or the poor, everyone tried to help the old lady.
Here, is the best part. The three men who helped in passing on the money were one of those people who denied helping her earlier. Probably, they were also struggling with money or not financially wealthy. Giving away is not possible by everyone. But they made their action instantly right by passing the cash to the lady. I am glad that I could witness this beautiful moment while my auto-rickshaw got stuck in one side of the traffic lane.
One person’s helping gesture can change the surrounding people.
One of the family goes often for the vacation. During their absence, an old lady comes to clean the front and back yard daily. She is the maid of the house. We often notice, maids don’t do their work well in presence of owners. But, this old lady is a trustworthy person. Her weight is visibly less than 40 kg and age is 65 plus. Be it any season, she never stops working. She will not have jackets or sweaters to keep her warm. She comes everyday morning and waters plants by lifting buckets of water. She checks all the plants in the garden neatly. Throws the plants that has got infected. She cleans the front yard and backyard by mopping and sweeping. She spends around 2 hours in keeping the whole house surrounding clean. She could have skipped this work when no one is around. But, she chooses to do it with all the interest and efforts.
People like her are the inspirations and motivators. They work hard and don’t depend on others. Whether or not anyone watches them, they continue to do their work. Being responsible is one thing, we all need to be.