Pursuit

If you live in India or have ever traveled to India in the second decade of 21st century, you would have found a lot of places having fancy street foods, specially, in the metropolitan cities like, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

If you exclude the posh areas of New Delhi and NCR(National Capital Region), and then walk on a very normal street/roads which connects welfare housing societies, you are likely to easily spot the following roadside options like, Ice-Cream tricycles, Open roof stalls of Sugarcane Juice, roasted corn and maybe the push-truck(thela) tickiwala(also called, Chaatwala).

An addition to this group is the roadside “Gol-Gappe”(also called PaniPuri). Now, what’s PaniPuri? It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (known as imli pani), tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion or chickpeas. The complete setup on which Gol-Gappe, Pani and other spices are placed is very easy to carry and move, and also can be quickly placed anywhere and can start selling it back. Now you are thinking, why I am writing about all this stuff? Here’s why.

Every evening when I am traveling back home from work, in the last part of the transit I have to make a 20 minutes walk to get to my apartment. In these 20 minutes, starting from getting down from the auto, finding the Panwari(guy who sells Paan, which is made up of betel leaf with areca nut) and cigarettes(which is sold more than the paan these days), interestingly, his wife also sits during late hours to keep the business up. Some 200 steps ahead, I find the Ice-Cream tricycles from Vadilal, Kwality Walls, Creambell and newly famous Havmor, which is expensive to my pocket. ๐Ÿ˜›

After 5 minutes, I find a little boy selling Gol-Gappe at the corner of the right turn of the road. I walk towards him, and ask for the rates. He replies, “4 pieces for 10 bucks”. I said, “Can I have it?”, he offers me a dona(which is a paper bowl). The Panipuri tasted amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yesterday evening, I left early from work and while getting back home, I met the boy again. He is 3/4 of my height, considering I am not tall, so he looks short. He should be around 10-12 years of age. I asked him, “What’s your name?”. He replies with a smile, “Vansh Gupta”. I asked him if he goes to school, he replies “Yes, I go to school”. With a thought on how he gets time to study, I asked “When you study or do your homework?”, he says “during night, after having dinner”.

I asked him if I can take his picture which I will share on internet with my writing. He shakes his head with a smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ I said “Okay, can I take picture of your setup?” And he says “Yes” this time. I also checked with him, “So, where are you from and who else are you in your family?”, to which he replies, “I am Mirzapur(in Uttar Pradesh), and here I have my father and brother who also sell Gol-Gappe, whereas my mother lives in hometown(Mirzapur)”.

He has friends of same age. They also sell Gol-Gappe. One is Rajkumar and another is Komal. I have ate Panipuri from them too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Komal is the smart one, like a leader among these boys. I think he likes momos because I have found him eating momos a couple of times. Whereas, Vansh is the good-looking one. But they all are very simple and happy going boys. ๐Ÿ™‚

At the age of 12, helping family to earn enough so as to get one time meal is really unbelievably appreciable. Just think about the sacrifices they have been making, like missing their mother, not playing outside in evening so that they help their father and surely not able to spend enough time to learn and study so that in future they don’t need to sell Panipuri.

The least you can offer is a Smile ๐Ÿ™‚ to them, do not see them as someone lesser than you and just be good and motivate everyone around you. Life is not easy for everyone.

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A Monday

It’s Monday and we all know it is a totally different day, for many of us the first 5 days after the weekend are always the hardest. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

‘Mon’ in Monday is a french wordย for ‘mine’ ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, it sounds like a my day and much promising.

It’s Monday and it is not just another day as..

A happy couple might have got married today. โค
Someone might have had their first kiss today.
Someone might have found out they were officially cancer free today. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Someone might have finally finished their debut novel today.
Lots of interesting thing might have happened today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smile because it is a beautiful day today.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy November

Here comes November.. Month number 11, a span of beautiful 30 days. Month of Scorpion’s and Sagittarius.

Hi, I hope you had a very wonderful October, I know October didn’t last long and I got to know about it when I wrote 09/27/2014 as Monday 27 October 2014! My habit of writing 09 (Septemberย Month) was still there even when October was almost about to get over.

So, now its time to stop worrying about what youย canย loose and start focusing on what you can gain. Remember that whatever makes you happy, that’s what you should do.

November, It is the beginning of new adventure, it’s time to take risks and do the unexpected.

Happy November.. ๐Ÿ™‚