I can still remember that beautiful evening. I had a frightful day at the office. I was working on one of the most critical projects, and I was rejected and dejected by the project calls. I am young, and my ego was crushed, so I was in a pensive mood thinking only about my professional career. I was travelling from Thane to Mulund (both suburbs in Mumbai) by a local train, and a thousand thoughts crowded my mind. After alighting from the train and walking along the crowded footbridge, I happened to see a lady who instantly reminded me of my mother. She was struggling with two heavy bags. I had a laptop bag on my back, and my hands were free. Instantly, I offered to help her, and she politely turned me down. I insisted and told her that she was like my mother, and after a few moments, she relented and put down the bags. I happily held those two bags and started walking towards the eastern side of Mulund station. I could sense that she was relieved. After walking down the bridge, I put the bags in an auto-rickshaw. She said that she would manage things for the rest of the way. I touched her feet, and she blessed me with tears in her eyes. “Jeete raho beta,” she said.
On my way back, I was so happy.No sadness lingered in my mind, even though my entire day had been so dreadful.
Helping someone with no expectations makes you always happy.
~ Debajyoti Ghosh