Last week while coming back from the university where I teach, I had to stop at a market to do some household shopping. I was in a hurry as the shops would close at 7 pm. It was almost 6 pm, and there were still many tasks to be done.
As I was parking on the roadside, a small girl with brown eyes and hair ( she looked like a little Indian Barbie Doll) came up to me selling balloons and asked me to buy some. Due to the current situation, I was not inclined towards taking them from her hand and keep them like that. And just as I was wondering what to do, she said: “Katrina Teri job bani rahe, meri soni didi tum tarraki karo” ( Hey Katrina, May your job be safe and you prosper). It was funny and heart touching. In return, I asked her, “Thank You, Deepika, tum kya khaoge?” ( Thank You Deepika, what would you like to eat?) To that she said, she would like anything yummy. The sweet shop was at the rear end, so I directed her there and gave her some money, which I usually don’t do if someone asks for food in specific. But looking at the watch I had to give her money.
When I came out of the shop, she was still there and smiled again at me. To which I gestured, asking, did she eat? She gestured back, pointing to the boy next to her that they would go together.
Now I was in the car, trying to reverse it on the busy road when she came near and started to give directions for moving car. That was very cute and an ‘awww’ moment. Those small but confident hands probably matured earlier than usual because of her circumstances. And they kept on waving goodbye till the time I left.
The connection I felt with her as I was leaving and the smile on my face was immeasurable. Her small act of kindness enriched me for a long time.