It was late at night at around 9:00pm. I was waiting for my cousin outside a market, when a young boy around ten years old, selling fancy keychains came up to me and urged me to buy one. I had no use for them but decided to buy them anyway. I thought I would give it away to some children, so I asked him to give me two. It was Rs 30 for one, and Rs 50 for two.
He enthusiastically shuffled inside his bag and selected two lovely pieces and gave them to me. ‘These ones are of good quality’ he said. I asked him how long he sells in a day (it was pre-COVID days). I felt sad to hear that he works until he makes some money. Handing him a 100 rupee note, I told him to keep the change. He smiled and thanked me profusely.
In my mind, I thanked him actually !! Also, I was left with a feeling that I should have done more for him?.