Land of the patient Lord
One day we ended up in small village to visit the temple of Swami Samarth. We reached there very late in the evening, and almost nobody was on the streets. Just few brahmins in the temple.
By the time we finished paying respects to the great saint, people suddenly came with chai for everybody (approximately 100 people from the group). They didn’t let us leave until everybody got the chai. Based on the level of sweetness, I would say there was more sugar in it than milk. It felt like we will get immediate heart attack. Yet, there were some people brave enough to drink two cups.
As we were about to leave, people started surrounding our bus, waving at us with huge loving smiles on their faces. Their eyes were so shining and bursting with love. It felt like they didn’t want us to leave. They were yearning for just a moment more with all of us. And nobody knew us. Majority of them didn’t even speak English.
I can say that these people were poor, because they didn’t have the change even for 200 rupees in the shop. But regardless of that, they gave us so much. After witnessing to something like that, it is impossible to stay the same.
This moment, these faces and shinning eyes will stay with me forever. After that, I can just ask myself where did we go so wrong as a population and humanity. We forgot the basics of human behaviour.