I was waiting in my car on the road outside the famous Elante Mall in Chandigarh in a queue. This area is heavily crowded, especially on weekends. The cars ahead of me were moving at snail’s pace. A small boy, barely ten years old, was selling face masks.
He approached my car; knocked on the window and showed his bag of masks. I saw him pointing to his mouth. I had almonds and raisins with me and thought of giving him some to eat. I told my daughter to lower the window glass, and to my surprise, he wanted water to drink. I was filled with empathy and told my daughter to hand over one of the two bottles I had in the car with me. He thanked me profusely in English. I gave him the almonds and raisins too. He ran away cheerfully, showing his bottle to his friends. When I reached the parking entrance, I saw him eating, and he had finished nearly half the bottle of water. On seeing this, the satisfaction I derived was beyond words.
Kindness is more satisfying for the doer.
~ Bhajan Kaur