The Girl and the Fruit Seller

I saw a little girl with tattered clothes and bare feet carrying a 10 rupees note and standing next to a fruit stall asking the seller to give her a sweet melon.

“It costs 20 rupees” replied the seller.

The girl pleaded him to give her the melon with the money she had but the seller bluntly refused. Agitated by his behavior, I entered the scene and asked him to give her whatever she wanted to which the girl hesitantly pointed towards the melon again.

“Give her this”, I ordered pulling out a 20 rupees note from my purse.

“It is for 30 rupees,” remarked the fruit seller.

“A while ago you were selling it for 20 rupees”, I retorted

“Yes, that is only for this girl. For you, it is 30 rupees.” he answered.

I looked at the little girl’s face and held myself back, handed over 30 rupees to that seller looking straight into his eyes trying to smash him without words. He turned his face away. I waved a good-bye to the girl and she smiled.

Next day at the same time, I saw the same fruit seller with his stall across the street. At about 20 steps from where he stood was another lady selling fruits with several buyers around her as the man sat ideal watching the scene.

The first thought that occurred to me was ‘Karma’. But eventually thinking about it again, I realized that who am I to think of Karma and judge someone. Maybe he himself wasn’t making enough for a living and sought a sort of compensation from me the other day. Who knows? God knows better.

― Nazneen Kachwala

2nd June 2019

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A Packet of Milk

I was getting late for office that day and was rushing back home on my bike after the morning routine when I saw a packet of milk right in the middle of the road. “Someone must have mistakenly dropped it”, I thought and slowed down a bit to find out who it was but couldn’t figure out and moved ahead. Then I thought of picking it up and giving it away to some child on the street who could satisfy his hunger. Having gone back and forth with this though once or twice I took a U-turn to pick up the milk packet lying unattended and just as I was getting closer, I saw a rider smashing the packet under his wheel. All the milk was scattered on the road before my eyes.

I gave an angry look to the biker but soon understood that it wasn’t his fault. He didn’t do that on purpose. My delay in making a decision was the real culprit. And I understood that all the good intentions make the least sense when you cannot take a decision in time.

Nazneen Kachwala

1st June 2019

Two Strong Entrepreneurial Faces of Modern India

My day to day regime has taught me that you simply walk down the lane with a joyous heart and an open mind and inspiration shall find you. And yes, I found my inspiration!

Shantaben, 50, (left) and Ramaben, 60, (right) are two women who are independently making a living for themselves and their families by selling milk. They are proud owners of three buffaloes and a cow. These two ladies have divided their roles of milking the animals, packing and distributing the milk. They are up before the sun rises and you can witness them engrossed in tasks like feeding the animals, cleaning them, collecting dung, preparing dung-cakes and similar activities. Their clients are extremely satisfied with their work and the quality of milk they deliver. These phenomenal women are in this business ever since they were children and have inherited it from their fathers and forefathers.

Who says that you need to enter a reputed B-school to acquire those entrepreneur skills? These two women have proved that experience, dedication, commitment, passion and a humble approach towards work makes it all!

They are the true faces of modern, skilled and empowered India!

The story of a differently abled entrepreneur

This humble man is Jayesh Bhai who lives in Waghodia area of Vadodara and makes a living by selling salt door to door. Unfortunately, he is physically disabled and can’t talk well too. Yet his self-esteem inspires him to earn bread for himself and his family, making him specially abled. He walks for 15-20kms daily to sell salt that fetches him 5 rupees per bag and he makes around 60-70rupees each day. He is a provider for his family that consists of his parents, wife and a daughter. His wife takes up random household chores and shoulders the finances.

What attracts the most to us about Jayesh Bhai is his the great entrepreneurial skill, his honesty and dedication towards his work. His determination empowers him to overcome all the obstacles and face the day to day challenges boldly.

He is a hero of his family and a role model for the masses!

Being God Like!

Disbelief of miracle, disregard to marvel,

Souls are we, separated from our Guardian.

Sunshine and Rainbows, Blossoms and Bees,

Twinkles and Twilight, Oceans and Canopies,

Endless are His wonders, Endless shall it be,

Innovating curiosity, for every eye to see.

Trust! You are one of these, Peerless, Unparalleled and Unique.

Why stay separated from Your Source?

While like Him, you can be!

Every inch of this universe, He crafted with Love,

Fearless with compassion, Benevolent yet Strong,

Shaping the whole of the cosmos,

Giving is all He knows!

He put a part of His, while moulding every being,

We are here to discover His portion somewhere within our souls

And to be like Him ever more!

 

The Taste of Failure

​It is bitter, sour, savoury;

Not all can swallow

Some shake, few fall, while others wallow.

All the undertakings assured a concept for sure,

Time bestowed upon us is too little to be ruined in sorrow.
Rise up again and get going on your feet,

For your choices alone are the writers of your destiny.

The bitterness you taste enhances the willingness to crave more, 

You craving will get you a success pie,

The sweetness of which shall delight your buds ever more!