Someone rings our bell in the morning, and upon reaching my balcony, I saw a jaggery vendor asking for payment for the purchased jaggery. First, I thought he is asking if we want to buy. However, I realised later he was asking for payment. We had not purchased anything from him, nor had we even opened our main gate till then. I told him that we had not purchased anything and asked him to ask the other houses. I told my mom, and she reminded me to be more careful where strangers are concerned.
However, my heart was continually reminding me of his tense face. I once again checked to see if he had found the person, but there he was, still waiting while looking at every house and asking people. I felt that his time was very important and that he should be selling the jaggery rather than helpless wait for the person to show up. So I went to him asked how much the payment was and paid the amount. He took the money and, with a gesture of thanks, said something like, “Hum mazdoor aadmi hain humare liye ye bohot mayne rakhta hai.”
The amount I must say was very little, but the happiness and sense of satisfaction I got were priceless. Also, I really thanked God that vendor mistakenly rang our bell.
It may be a small amount but has great value for the receiver.
~ Sneh Juyal