As my wife and I got out of a store and were getting into the car, a man approached me and requested most humbly, if I could buy just one waist belt from him. He was so candid that he said, “I know these belts are not even worth your status, but if you could buy just one, it will help me pay my children’s school fees of ₹1200/- which is due tomorrow”. He had come to deliver six belts to someone all the way from Delhi to Gurgaon, but the person wasn’t available. Without a second thought, I picked one belt and paid what he asked, i.e. ₹300/-. But as I drove away, an idea came to my mind. I told my wife that if I have bought the belt with the sole purpose to help (I was anyways not going to use that belt, given the poor quality rexine it was made of), why to help partially. If the fee was ₹1200 and he needed the exact amount, then with the time being 9 pm, it would be late for him to arrange money from any other source. So intending to pay him the differential also, I immediately took a U-turn and came back to the point I met him, but he was not to be seen anywhere. I drove in all directions looking for him, but it was all in vain. It’s been three odd years that this incident happened, but still that guilt of not having helped that genuine person haunts me. It was impossible for the person on foot to disappear from sight in such a short span of time, but that’s what happened. So for me, it was a Lak (Lost Act of Kindness) instead of a Rak.
Don’t let go off a RAK opportunity, be thankful to the person who gave you one.
~ Jitesh Om