This incident happened when I was in medical school and had just received my pocket money. Saloni, a dear friend, and I decided to go out and eat some yummy Indian street food. As we reached the market, I noticed two vendors, with their carts, selling bananas. The older gentleman’s stock of bananas was not fresh while the other younger one had better ones. Every time a prospective buyer approached, the older gentleman’s eyes would light up in anticipation of a sale. But soon they would turn sad since the buyer would obviously choose to buy the better-looking fruit.
I kept watching him for a while and then walked over to his cart. He seemed rather surprised that I didn’t turn to the other cart like the previous customers. I gently enquired about the cost of all the bananas on the cart, and he replied that it was around 700/800 rupees. I had just received my pocket money, so I said, “All right, Baba, why don’t you sell me your entire stock. Let us move the cart near those tiny hutments and distribute the bananas to the kids playing there.” He seemed shocked, but the happiness in his eyes gave him away. They lit up like two bright stars! I felt that he moved his cart with renewed hope and a certain degree of confidence.
The memory of his shining eyes have remained with me for over two decades and continue to renew my faith in kindness.
Every act of kindness has a deep impact on us – more than we can imagine.