Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The little mayhem called life

I scratch my cheek and watch the fly crawling on the sandpaper. It makes funny noises as it walks all over it, stopping intermittently to rub its tiny little hands together. My nails are dirty and filled with soot. It comes from scratching... and off late it has worsened. But i don't think i can do anything about it. I don't know whether i am supposed to. The tap from where i filled water for myself was uprooted a few days ago to make way for a wide road. The new road looks nice, i must say. But there's less space for me and my brother to sleep now.

I yawn and sit up. The fumes from the vehicles blur my vision. It may be twilight or it could be early morning.. i cant tell the difference. Cheenu opens his eyes and crawls to me. It has been a few days since our amma left. She usually goes away for some time.. but not for this long. But i am not scared. There are so many people around. Why should i be scared? I am just hungry. And so should be my brother. He cries a lot and i do not know what to give him. He usually goes to sleep after drinking some water but now there's no tap so there no water too.

I cross the road and pick up a packet. It has a few biscuits. I share them with Cheenu. For the first time i see him feed himself. I kiss him on his cheek and he taps on my chin. We shall wait for amma today. And if she does not come back, I'll take Cheenu and walk away. I don't yet know where to. Perhaps a place which has a tap nearby. Yes, that should do...

7 comments:

  1. Such is life. Isn't it? The dilemma never ceases to exist.

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  2. Yes. Heartbreaking and unfair. So devoid of parity . So devoid of empathy. Yet it goes on.

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  3. And how easily we shoo them away when they approach us for help!

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    1. Hmm.. If only people were more empathetic than sympathetic towards them. If we cannot improve their lives, at least let's not degrade them...

      P.S: Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  4. Such a tragic tale and so very real.

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    1. You should read Pather Panchali to glance into a child's mind! :) And a poor one at that.
      Thanks dear.. And really glad you dropped by! :)

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