To Aditya


They say, you can tell from the person’s eye if he/she is lying or not. What do I tell from this one? Read on.



Promises have always been on the list of all things with faint belief. More often than not, they just serve as some fancy seasoning on top of a not so good dish. When life remains simple, and thoughts stagnate atop more thoughts, there is little to do and the brain enjoys the inertness around – you can surely bet there is a rude awakening that lies ahead. This is one such episode, a very recent one at that.


I was at the local school, doing some routine blind reading classes. I usually handle science for class 3 but this time it was spoken English for Aditya and Dharini. I went through their lessons to brief myself about what has been covered in the past and I realized that Aditya had an incomplete homework. When asked ‘why?’ all he said was that he was sorry.


Pissed as I was, I was bent upon getting the reason out. Having asked him around 10 times already, I gave up. I took a moment’s deep breath. Let out all the heat and told Aditya (gripping him firmly by his wrist) “Promise, that you will finish it by next week!”


Aditya kept silent.

I asked him again, much louder. “DO YOU HEAR ME? PROMISE THAT YOU WILL FINISH THE HOMEWORK BY NEXT WEEK!”


He kept silent again. I had given up a second time by then.


Just as I began to loosen my grip around his arm, and was going to let him go – he held mine. Looked faintly in my direction…. Blinked a couple of times with uneasiness and then with a sort of conviction I haven’t seen in even physically able people – he said to me


“Why do you want a promise when I am telling you the truth? Does honesty require re-enforcement? I will finish it. Please trust me. “

Small truth.
Big lessons.
A Rude AWAKENING.

6 comments:

Vekram 12:13 AM  

Makes you wonder about all of us adults illa? Sometimes we learn more from them than they learn from us.

Nivedhitha 12:16 AM  

absolutely.
It was a brilliant day. trust me.

task busters 3:10 PM  

class!

Girish (a.k.a) Gary 2:49 PM  

simple words.. powerful expression.. And an underlying tenderness..

I don't know how big an impact this event had on you, but your narrative of it is mesmerising..

nice to see you back on track.. keep writing

प्रतीक माहेश्वरी 2:20 PM  

So touching !!!
I never knew u blogged..
I'll luk out for more...

diagoN 4:02 PM  

does honesty require a re-inforcement of a promise?

profound.

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