Take my word for it.It does and the sooner one accepts the fact that what we learn and what we apply are poles apart in most of the cases the better it is.I was watching a documentary on the local channel about how people deprived of basic amenities like electricity,water and the minimal education live their lives purely based on hope.Look at us – I can speak for myself,I am perhaps the most annoying daughter because I am never satisfied with what I have – Its always more clothes,more bags,more shoes but yeah never more books!!
They say charity begins at home – but it doesnt necessarily mean financial assistance.Every penny counts and the people who realise its value are ‘the women who walk miles every day to and fro carrying 3 pots of water on their heads’,’the maids back home who relentlessly work day in and day out to ensure they get to eat their stomach’s fill’ not we people who have had everything so easy.I was having a conversation with my dad about this and he said that I had started taking things for granted and substantiated the observation by narrating an instance when dad said something and my reply was ‘lite papa’.Gosh it didnt sound so gross actually but had I been in my dad’s shoes I would have admonished the other person.Just goes to show the laidback attitude that has crept into me.The day I joined IIIT I promised myself that I would earn so much money that I would never want to think twice before buying anything.Green paper is all that matters.The reality is for all of us to see.We speak of women empowerment but who is a strong woman.My maid who works and takes the abuse thrown at her by her spouse for the sake of her children or the so called modern day independent gal who travels in buses and cars ,sits in an AC room and earns for the house.
As all these thoughts were crossing my mind the doorbell rang.I opened the door only to see a girl younger than me walk into the house.I was later told by mum that the little girl worked whenever her mother could not make it.She had been to school but to help her mother out she dropped out though it was evident that she wanted to educate herself because her face lighted up at the very mention of that fact.The greatest thing about all of this is that she never complained,tried her best to ensure that her work was good and there was a genuine honesty in all of it.On the contrary a single day does not pass by with me not engaged in a quarrel with my mother.If its not the food of my choice ,I have a problem with my wardrobe which by all standards can be termed complete or something else.I always have reasons for dissatisfaction.But that documentary and Devi(name of the girl who works)changed me even though it was momentary(I am back to being what I was)but all said and done that stark reality hit me hard.Hard enough to make someone like me think deeply about such sensitive issues.I have no right or reason to find fault with things because I dont pay for them – its my parents who do and in their best capacity they make supreme efforts to keep us all happy.I have a blessed life unlike people like Devi and that should act as a reminder that we are in a position to help and make a difference.
The day before I left my home Devi joined school and my mother warned her mother from sending Devi to work.I have promised to cut down on my pocket expenses(and its so difficult)and taken a firm front on certain aspects of my lifestyle.Sometimes it takes things like these to jolt you back to reality!