Sailing through the outskirts streets of Bangalore, saw few coconut vendors, thought of getting rejuvenated I applied break!
As I descended & leaned to check the engine oil gauge... I received a warm pat on the back of my shoulder!! As I turned, I saw a small kid standing next to me,
He : ಊಟ!
Me : ಮಾಡು!( Pointing at the hotel)
He : ಕೊಡಲ್ಲಾ, ( said with sad note)
Me : ಬಾ! ಕೊಡುತ್ತಿನಿ
He : ಹೂಂ! (At the small hotel,) Me : ಏನು ಬೇಕು
He : ದೋಸೆ ( eagerly)
Me to Hotelier : ಏನು ಇದೆ? Hotelier : ಬರಿ, ರೈಸ್ ಸಾಂಬಾರ ಸರ್!! ( uttered)
Me : ಒಂದು plate ರೈಸ್ ಸಾಂಬಾರ ಕೊಡಿ. (As he got meal,) Me: ಮನೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೇ? He : mumbling something, pointed somewhere around! (Taking a sigh after knowing that he's not orphan)
Me : ಅಪ್ಪಾ? ( to know who looks him after)
He : Truck, ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಾರೆ
Me : ಅಮ್ಮ?
He : ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದರೆ
Me : ರಾತ್ರಿ ಊಟ?
He : ಅಮ್ಮ. ಮಾಡ್ತಾಳೆ
Me : school?
He : ಹೋಗಲ್ಲಾ!!! ( As I bought a meal, I saw some people across that street gazing me weirdly, pulling out eye contact with them,) Me : ಏನು ಅದು? (asking about facial scars!) He : ಅಮ್ಮ, ಹೊಡೆದರೂ. 😢
Me : hmmm
He : ಹೆಸರು? Me : Basavaraj!
I couldn't stay for long as I felt a hit down.
Paid the bill, got on the bike!
Bowing my head with a prayer for this unfortunate kid, said bye!
He smiled wide! ( I almost wasted my last meal, realised it's worth on these streets. If I was a billionaire I would've popped poverty) 😢 "Population over exceeded,
a hand for poverty is most need "