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I was aghast to see that picture of hunger and poverty of my city. Are we sure that we live in a progressive country?

entertainment Updated: May 13, 2010 02:03 IST
Hindustan Times

Dear diary,
The other day, I was going to college via the Metro. I got down at the Central Secretariat metro stop and was waiting outside for a bus to my college. Nearby is a garbage dump where rag pickers segregate garbage. While waiting, I noticed a rag picker who seemed to be in his twenties find a paper plate full of noodles. I thought the man would throw it away. But it pierced my heart when I saw him eating out of that plate. I was aghast to see that picture of hunger and poverty of my city. Are we sure that we live in a progressive country? This ugly sight of mankind left me flabbergasted. Since then, I strongly oppose wasting food and water.
Kushal Kujur

Dear diary,
I was travelling by metro from Tagore Garden to New Delhi station. After 2-3 stations, a lady with her small baby boarded the train. A guy next to the lady asked two gentlemen sitting on the seats to please give a seat to the lady so that her baby stops crying. The two men were in casuals. As soon as the guy said this, they started shouting at him. In support of the guy, a senior citizen also asked these gentlemen to offer the seat. But he also faced the cruel words. They said, ‘stay quiet, do you know we are from Delhi police? Nobody can give us directions’. All of us were helpless as the two gentlemen were fully enjoying the advantage of being in Delhi Police. The duty of Police is to help others enjoy their rights but these gentlemen even as citizens lacked moral value.
Pulkit Singh

Dear diary,
I happen to frequent the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital for Animal Care. On one such visit, I found two young girls bringing in a dehydrated, emaciated puppy who naturally had to be put on glucose. The OPD having limited beds which were all occupied, the puppy was laid on newspaper sheets on a stone bench outside the OPD building and the glucose bottle was tied to the branch of a tree next to it. The two girls spent hours fanning the puppy and driving away the flies. It was a very touching scene which brought tears to my eyes.
Geetashree Chatterjee

First Published: May 12, 2010 16:43 IST