I went with my daughter to her college. That was the first day of the college and I wanted to know about the college and meet people over there. College was good, one of the best in state for information and technology engineering. I was filled with proud thinking ‘what a progress India is heading towards?’
We left the main building to go back when my proud shattered in million pieces. There in the shadow of Neem tree sat two poor children. Their parents were working on road construction for the college campus. I walked slowly passing them to have a look on their faces. Daughter behind me realized my discomfort as usual. She stopped at them and I also walked back. We didn’t ask anything as there was nothing to ask to those poor children. We just looked at their faces for long time. They wore a fountain of joy and happiness on their mud covered faces. No worry for next day or a next hour if that matters. What could be the reason for their poor but joyous faces? Nobody in that college or in surrounding was that much joyful, including us. We all have our loads of imaginary worries on faces but they have their pure acceptance of 'life as it is.' That was the difference. The difference that matters if one wants to live a cheerful life as it is.
They smiled at us when we were leaving. Their smile was genuine and unconditional; daughter looked at me in an understanding way, first lesson of her first day college life, hidden and clear at the same time.
[they were sitting under the tree,opp the parking.]