Radhika Agrawal - 44

AUG. 11, 2020

Curtain Hug

These days it seems as if it’s hard to scroll through news feeds or watch TV without feeling overwhelmed by a surplus of negative content. Of course, there are sad things happening around the world at any given moment, but because of its heightened coverage in the news and on social media, we often forget that good things are happening all around us too.

My family and I went out for dinner to one of my favorite restaurants. We have eaten a lot of food there. But when we came out after having dinner; we witnessed a sight that still lives in my head. We saw an aged couple sleeping on the footpath without any blanket. As in these chilling winters, we always keep a shawl or a blanket with us, as my dadi is also aged so they cannot resist this much cold. So I quickly went to my car to get the blanket and shawl and without disturbing them I put the shawl on their body. As I have done this the aged couple quickly got up and thanked us a lot for it. Then I asked them if they had eaten any food recently and they told me that it had been 2 days since they had their last meal. So, I gave them the money and took them to the restaurant to have the food. They were so amazed and thrilled, having the sight of happiness in their eyes. It is truly the best sight I have ever seen.

Helping someone a little is not a great deal. If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved. There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry. The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation. When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar, you mustn’t behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog. You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger. Even the rich are hungry for the love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.