Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just another day in paradise...

He still had another hour at work but he was bored, tired and sleepy. Yet another sleepless night. Just three hours of sleep was all he managed. When will this stop, he wondered. Luckily, he'd made it to work on time. As he looked around him all he saw were hunched backs and bent heads as their owners tapped away at the computers in front of them. The weather was lousy. Cloudy first, then rain and now cloudy again. Even as he looked out at the gloomy sky, he was surprised to find them clear - almost in an instant - as the sun shone through. Ok, this is it, he though to himself, I'm out of here! Barely five minutes later he was on his way home, hands in his pockets, snug against the cold and a song on his lips, "Aaj mausam bada beiman hai, aaj mausam..."

She sat there on the bench, visibly tired and exhaused. At her feet lay her shopping, four bags filled to the top. Surely, she's not all by herself, he thought. She struggled to get up even as he walked by. She'll manage just fine; in any case they never want help. But some thing made him stop, retrace his steps and ask, "Can I help you with those?" The relief shone on her face. "Oh, yes please young man, thank you." "I'm just going up Sheepcote Road; are you going the same way?" she asked. "Yes, yes, don't worry, that's on my way," he said.

"I'm such a fool to think I could have done this and at my age. I still needed more stuff, thank God I ran out of money," she was apologetic. It wasn't much of a walk really but with all those bags, she'd be sitting there for quite some time. He was glad he stopped. "I'm right here, thank you young man. I'll be fine now; I have the keys to the door and the lift to take me up." "Thank you, and bless you young man."

He left the bags at the door. "Don't worry about it, I was happy to help." He smiled, waved as he walked on... hands in his pockets, snug against the cold and a song on his lips, "Aaj mausam bada beiman hai, aaj mausam..."

Yes, it was just another day in paradise. 

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