Almost fifteen days had passed. She always used to come at 8.15 am. Never a minute late or early. Her sincerity, punctuality and dedication made me adore her even more. I had a hidden affection and warmth towards her. Sometimes I used to offer her ten rupees for breakfast but she held her head high and refused the money every time. “Mother has cooked for me, I will go home and have that food madam”.
It was 8.45am that day, I was waiting for her. It was unusual of her to come late. I was actually getting worried about her safety. Suddenly the bell rang. I hurried up and opened the door. She was standing their with drops of tears in her eyes and bruises all over her body. I asked her about the bruises but she kept quite and started working. I gave her medicine and some food. To my surprise she didn’t refused the food. Two days passed by, I notice some sort of engrossing grief in her eyes. One day I finally decided to visit her aunt’s place and inquire into the matter. Her husband opened the door the me. She has lost weight and looked restless. I handed her the packet of apples that I had bought for her. After inquiring about her health, I directly asked her about her niece. I told her that few days back she had bruises on her body and now a days she looks quite sad.
“On Tuesday late night her elder brother came home all drunk. He started asking for money from his mother so that he could consume more alcohol. Being a poor widow she had nothing to offer. Suddenly he saw her sister’s cycle Which her father had gifted her five years back. Her father passed away in a road accident and since then she and her mother are working to run the family. Her brother took away the cycle and sold it. When she tried to stop him, he beaten her mercilessly.”
Fifteen days have passed by, my maid has completely recovered from dengue. From today she will start working again. She brought her niece as she wanted to say goodbye. Somehow I got deeply attached to this sixteen years old kid. I hold her hand and took her to my backyard. There was standing a pink bicycle and it had a name on it –“RANI”. The smile on her face and the tears in her eyes will always be the mostly valuable thing to me.
We all can afford to spread some positivity, care and happiness this Diwali. There are so many underprivileged children all around you local areas. Things like an ice-cream, a chocolate , some crackers, some new clothes,etc can actually bring a smile on their face. Even if you cant afford to spend money, then also you can help a few children. Birla Sun Life has launch a campaign called A chance to fly. The whole idea is to tweet with the hashtag AChanceToFly and become a reason for bringing a smile on those innocent faces. Once the tweets fill the balloon outline, the children will be taken on a hot air. This maybe a life time opportunity for them. A small initiative my them which can be supported by us.