Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Raju and the kid

Raju took out his cell phone and dialed his friend Krishna’s number as he stood outside the Orion mall along with a kid.
‘Hello?’ it was Krishna’s voice from the other side.
‘Hey Krish, sorry to disturb you. Are you still at home?’ asked Raju.
‘Yeah, I’m about to leave to work. Tell me, what’s so urgent?’  
‘Dude, I forgot my debit card. It will be there on my table. Could you please pick it up and bring that to Orion mall?’ 
‘Orion mall? Well, I’ll bring it in fifteen minutes.’
‘Yeah, thanks dude. I’ll be waiting at the entrance,’ said Raju who then hung up the phone.

Raju stood next to his bike that was parked at the entrance of the mall. The kid who stood next to Raju remained completely silent. Ten minutes passed and Raju decided to break the silence.
‘Hey kiddo, what’s your name?’ 
The kid lifted his head and looking at Raju he replied, ‘Murari.’ 
‘Where do you live?’
‘Nearby.’ 
Raju then noted Krishna riding his bike to the entrance of the mall. He then waved his hand and Krishna drove his bike towards him. He halted his bike, took out the debit card and handed it to Raju. As Krishna was about to leave, Raju stopped him and asked him to park his bike. 
‘Hey, I’m getting late,’ said Krishna after he saw Raju taking the bike keys with him.
‘Come on in,’ said Raju as he walked into the mall, along with the kid. 

Krishna followed Raju into the mall. He saw Raju buying clothes for that kid. After that he saw Raju taking the kid to his bike and signaling him to follow his bike. Krishna, without thinking for a moment, followed Raju’s bike as he desperately wanted to know what’s going on and how the kid is related to him. He then noticed Raju getting into a building. The board read ‘Ebenezer boarding school’ and Krishna was totally confused on what’s there in the school for Raju. He then noticed Raju asking him to wait at the reception while Raju walked into the room of the correspondent, along with the kid. After waiting for fifteen minutes, Raju walked out the room and noticed Krishna staring at him. 
‘What are you looking at? You look confused,’ said Raju as he walked to Krishna.
‘What exactly is happening? Who is that kid?’ asked Krishna.
‘I was riding my bike to my office. I met this kid at the signal. He was asking for some money as he had none to buy clothes and food. When I asked him about his parents he said that he lost both of them in a recent bomb blast that took place in the city a week before. He said that he has not eaten anything for the past five days and he also said that he get frequent dizziness out of hunger. I then took him to the hotel located outside the Orion mall and bought him some food. There I asked him what exactly he wanted to do, and for that he said that he wanted to study hard and become an astronaut. At that moment I felt something in his voice and that’s confidence. He sounded so confident and for a moment I thought who will support him? Who will help him achieve his goal? My inner voice answered – ‘you will’ – for all my questions. So I decided to bear all the initial expenses for his education. I scanned my purse and then I realized that I forgot my debit card. I called you and here you are listening to me. Satisfied with my explanation?’ 
‘Why are you doing this? Is it possible for you to support for his entire life?’ asked Krishna.
‘I know that with my earnings it is practically impossible to financially support the kid but I could manage for the initial expenses, till he gets to the high school. There is something called scholarships which will help him out for his further education, and at that time, if I’m alive, I’ll surely be there to help him in all means.’
Krishna hugged him tightly and said, ‘I never thought you would help someone. You have such a golden heart.’ 
Raju then said, ‘sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye, isn’t it?’ 

Written by Ashwin Kumar

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This post is a part of Write Tribe's Wednesday Prompt
 'Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye'

32 comments:

  1. Yes people with golden heart exist.its only Bcoz of such people world is beautiful:-)

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  2. definitely...the heart rules the world :)

    loved your take on this, ashwin

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    1. I'm very glad you loved this. Thanks for reading :)

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  3. I wish God made more golden hearts... and I wish there is a Raju for every krishna

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    1. You mean Raju for every Murari? cos that kid's name is Murari and Krishna is Raju's friend. :)
      Anyways, thanks for reading :)

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  4. That is such a nice post. Wish more people make such choiceces

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    1. There are some people out there who make such choices, but the count is too low.
      Thanks for dropping your comment :)

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  5. hey this is so intense and beautiful. lovely take. and i wish there are more such hearts in here to rule the world.

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    1. Golden hearts rule the world, isn't it? Yeah, I too wish there are more such hearts. Anyways, lets hope that humanity doesn't lose its value :)

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  6. a beautiful gesture indeed. Wonderful story :)

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  7. This is an amazing story. His gift changed that kids life forever. ♥

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  8. What would the world be without the goodness of our hearts?

    Very nice :)

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    1. Without the goodness it will turn into ruins.

      Thanks for reading :)

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  9. Lovely point of view Ashwin and I love the prompt 'Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye'. I agree with Pastiche.

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    1. Even I agree with Pastiche. Only because of such ppl with a golden heart the world is beautiful. Anyways, thanks for reading :)

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  10. It's a beautiful and heart warming story. I am so touched at how you have beautifully narrated the story. Wish there are more people like Raju:)
    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/wednesday-prompt-20144-sometimes-the-heart-sees-what-is-invisible-to-the-eye

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    1. Thanks for reading, Vishal :) I'm glad you liked the story.
      Indeed the world would look beautiful with people like Raju :)

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    1. But we rarely get to see those. Anyways, thanks for sharing your comment :)

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  12. Arumai :) Superb message , this story has ! And you've written it well too !

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