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Lend a helping hand

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 23:42 IST
Vineet Mani
Vineet Mani
Hindustan Times
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This is a small story my grandfather used to narrate to us quite often.

One pleasant morning, a father and son were walking in the park. The sunrays falling through the dense bushes lit up every nook and corner.

Apart from the duo, there was only a gardener present there. He was engrossed in work and a faint smile under his thick moustache seemed to indicate that he was enjoying his work.

The child had an idea. He picked up the gardener’s slippers lying near by and hid them. The father noticed but told him to stay back and observe. Later, when the gardener finished his work and was about to leave, he realised that his slippers were missing. He looked around everywhere but to no avail. The melancholy and exasperation could clearly be seen on his face. He started looking frantically in every corner hoping to find them. The child was enjoying the situation. But father was equally perturbed. He wanted to impart a valuable lesson to his son but wanted him to learn it on his own. Finally, the
gardener ran towards his cottage thinking that he might have left it there.

As he ran, the father told the son to keep the shoes back from where he picked it along with a five-rupee coin inside. The son was surprised, but seeing his father’s stern expression, acted accordingly. The gardener came back.

His eyes were filled with tears and he was mumbling looking towards the sky. Suddenly, he saw his pair of shoes lying in the same corner. He took the five-rupee coin inside the shoe and thanked God profusely. The father looked at his son. The son was quiet, but there was an unexpected calmness on his face.

Most of us enjoy seeing others trapped in adverse situations. Instead of lending a helping hand, we make efforts to dig potholes to make things worse. We behave childishly for our own entertainment. So next time, instead of making fun of someone in trouble – however big or small – try helping them out in whatever way you can.