[short] Story Sunday #1

===Thank You===
copyright ©pushkar prabhat, 2014

He said “Thank you so much. I put you through a lot of trouble.”

Well, he was a humble old man. He need not had to thank me. But then, I had helped him at my own will, so a ‘thank you’ was deserved courtesy.

Actually, what happened was that I had reached the train station two hours before my train’s scheduled departure and I was hungry. So I went to the food court at the station and joined the queue for coupons. And there he was, in front of me, an 85 something lean and old man carrying a trolley an airbag. At first, I took no notice of him. I was busy with my mobile. Until, a guard told him to first keep his belongings elsewhere and then join the line again because he was slowing down the queue and also since the passage beside was narrow, his bags were creating a nuisance.

He struggled with his bags, trying to move them to the other side. But the guard was persistent. At this point, I had stopped listening. But their argument (well, the old man was very polite and the guard was being a guard) revealed the fact that he was all alone and so could not leave the bags elsewhere. The guard then left, but this got my attention. I looked at his bags, they seemed heavy. I could clearly see that this argument had not only made him the center of attraction but had bothered the peace of his mind. I can’t testify for tears but his face was all sweaty and red. Just then the queue before him moved ahead. Already overwhelmed, he was again struggling with his bags. I decided to help and lifted both his trolley and the airbag while he moved forward. They were though not heavy for me but for him, I don’t suppose they were any lighter.

But as he was a sensitive and humble person, he decided to end my ‘misery’. He walked out of the line took his bags from my hands and went to an outlet assuming it did not require coupons. He was asked for the coupon which he did not have. Aware of this outcome I signaled him to stay there and asked for his order. I bought coupons for him and myself and then took him to the appropriate counter. He was telling me to leave now, but I knew he only had two hands for his two bags and none for his food. So I stuck with him. We got his order then I carried his bags to the eating area upstairs, while he carried his food. I sat him down and then just before I left he said “Thank you so much. I put you through a lot of trouble.”

 I said “it’s alright” and then feeling so much happy and proud, I went on to take my order.

Since then, I have had much time to think and reflect, and now when my train has left the station I could only think of one thing- shouldn’t I have helped him board his train? How would he have managed to board his train, carrying those bags?

No, I am not raising any question on how come and why he had to travel alone. I am raising no question on the social aspect of this sad and unfortunate situation.

No, the only question eating on my conscience as I move towards my destination is that, while I could and should have also helped him board his train, did I really deserve his thank you?

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15 thoughts on “[short] Story Sunday #1

  1. A wonderful post and a great thought, NB! A good samaritan is hard to find these days, I am not complaining, but everyone is on the run or too busy in the virtual world to actually notice the ongoings in the real world. You did your bit and hopefully, another good samaritan would have come to his aid when boarding his train!

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  2. You are a generous person in deed too 🙂 I understand the inquiry you are bringing up here …I have wondered at times …what is it that really makes me go out of my way for anyone? Is their any superiority I am harboring over the other or a genuine heart felt expression coming through me …
    Should you have done more is more also was he willing to receive more help?
    Thought provoking post!

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    1. i try…..and as much as i would like to be…..i am not a bad person……
      there of course is superiority in resources…….but i do feel that sometimes, we just want to help because either we remember or imagine, how difficult it would be in that concerned situation…..
      thank you so much……glad you liked it!!! 🙂 🙂

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  3. I wish more people were as helpful as you were Pushkar. India unfortunately is not a country which has many facilities for senior citizens. So it becomes the duty of youngsters to help them out. I am sure he will remember your help for a long time to come. This kind deed sure must have made you happy too😊👏

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  4. A thought provoking post! You deserved his thanks absolutely, but he deserved help from more people than just you. That is the apathy of our times. You’re far better than me who didn’t even help the pregnant, crazy woman on the platform with alms.

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    1. thank you so much for your generous compliments……..but, i am no better than anyone else, helped him according to my convenience, not according to his need…….of course we can not always help everyone……but at least we can help as convenient……and that will be much more than nothing…..it won’t make us better than anyone……but people will get helped…..this is all i wanted to convey…..Thanks again, really means a lot!! 🙂 🙂

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