Thursday, July 23, 2009

Small lady with big heart

It was a hot and sultry day. There was no breeze and the leaves in the trees stood still. It was the busiest part in the city with all the textiles and jewellery shops. There is always a milling crowd in the narrow road. The newly opened air conditioned ice cream shop was making good business. People made a bee line to it to enjoy the comfort of the cool atmosphere and savour the ice creams of many flavours and varieties. There was a cone ice cream dispenser too.
One little boy in shorts with a sleeveless banyan and bare feet was standing outside and staring at the shop and at the young kids of his age who went in and came out with a cone or a cup in their hands. His clothes were dirty and his hair had not seen a wash for ages. Afraid to go in he was lingering there for long time. Finally he mustered the courage to step in. He was pulled out by a strong hand as he pushed the door to enter. With tears trickling down his eyes, he came down the steps and sat on the parapet wall.
A puny old lady who was panting heavily behind the boy when he was pulled out muttered “tsu, tsu” as she went in. In a jiffy she came out with two cones of ice cream and offered one to the young boy. The misty eyes of the boy could not comprehend why the lady was giving him the ice cream that he longed for. She said “Never mind the rude security man. They don’t know the hurt they cause.” The boy flashed a big smile at the small lady with a big heart and ran away happily licking the cone

16 comments:

  1. that crowed street you said reminded me of Ranganathan street. I have witnessed these in my bare eyes

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  2. that was really a short story and i liked it, though the title made me guess the story :)

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  3. This is a really nice one: short with the message well-conveyed.

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  4. short and sweet....makes me wanna run to my freezer for an icecream bowl.

    loved the picture..the kid wit a tooth missing and a cone!!

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  5. Moments on Pictures:
    he must be very glad to have an ice cream, blessed the lady.

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  6. short and crisp

    strong msg to be followed by people who illtreat the downtrodden

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  7. Its a yummy post, full of sweetness that flavoured the little ones day:)Thanks for the treat GP!

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  8. dear partha,
    really nice story with a value to carry home!i stopped having ice creams;but i love and really want to offer the ice cream to the needy!
    i'm happy you convey values through stories!and what a great job!let's be considerate towards the less fortunate!
    by the end both of them made their days!
    keep writing;we're looking forward!
    sasneham,
    anu

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  9. Sweet post and mouth watering too especially since it mentions an ice cream!!!

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  10. A feel good story sir. Really nice!

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  11. Its definitely a Take Home..:)

    Good job wth strong message..Thanks for sharing ..:)

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  12. You create interesting posts from seemingly common events!
    :-)

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  13. Simple and nice... good to see stories of good people...

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  14. Simple story n I love the old lady in the end. She reminds me of my grand mom.

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  15. Nice to see the affectionate gesture of the old lady

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  16. A small gesture goes a long way just like your small post that invoked so many comments and reactions :)

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