I was in Chandigarh recently. While shopping, a young boy approached me and asked me for some money to buy slippers. It was a strange request; it was quite hot in Chandigarh, and he was barefoot. As I don’t trust kids with money, I told him that I could buy him the slippers myself. After pushing back a bit, he understood I meant what I said.
We walked a few minutes, found a Bata showroom, and he was happy to be inside. The staff looked surprised and pleased. I asked them to help him get a pair of slippers. He took one with Spider-man on it. Then he made another request: he wanted one more pair, this time for his mom. I was surprised but thankfully had the money on me and so I said okay. We went to the women’s section and got a pair for his mom.
He wore his new slippers and stepped out happily with the bag for his mom, and I ran in the other direction to be with my hosts in Chandigarh.
I was grateful that I got him something that he valued rather than just hand over some cash.