K is for Kindness #AtoZChallenge


The car was waiting at the traffic signal.  The windows were closed.  Sameer had turned on the music channel on the radio.  With the air-conditioning cooling the insides of the car,  it was bliss and Dia closed her eyes.

There was a light tap at the window.  Dia opened her eyes to look at a beggar child tapping at the window.  In rags,  the beggar was holding a naked child on her hips.  Dia looked away in disgust.  Sameer felt in his pocket for some change,  rolled down the window and put it in the beggar’s open palms.

Emboldened,  the beggar asked for the water bottle.  Sameer gave it away.  The traffic lights changed and Sameer started to drive the car. 

‘Sameer,  you are just encouraging these beggars.  They will never work.  Why do you keep giving them?  They are a nuisance.’

Sameer concentrated on the driving,  not responding to Dia.

‘Sam,  why do you have to give money to every beggar?’

‘Dia,  she is just a child.  What did you lose by giving her some money?’

‘Can’t you see?  She just cheated you.’

‘Oh come on.  We would not even think about the coins we gave her.  But this will keep her out of hunger and maybe even alive.  She is just a child.  She cannot be employed in our country.  There is not much the government does.  This is the only way she is useful to her family.  She could be sold or even indulge in petty crimes.’

Dia thought about it in a new light.  Maybe,  Sameer is right.

**This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple.  Short stories on their approach to daily life.  Do you know people like them?  Do share the stories with me. ***  

The characters Dia and Sameer are fully imaginary.  Any likeness to people is purely coincidental.   The views are the characters’ own and light-hearted.  They are not endorsements.

14 thoughts on “K is for Kindness #AtoZChallenge

  1. I believe this debate happens in every household. Though I am with giving water or food to the needy. But money, am not convinced about that bit.

  2. Oh God, that is such a hard plight for the beggars and the givers as well. I always gave money to every beggar, until I heard of some pretty awful things.

  3. I was once standing at a traffic signal. I saw a woman beggar at the side of the road, with a baby in her hands. She hit the child’s forehead with a stone. Then a few seconds later, she was out amidst the waiting traffic, asking for money for the kid’s treatment! I was shocked. There was no way to tell whether the baby was even alive!
    I have never given money to such beggars after that day!
    – Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

  4. Maybe, we should just do what we are supposed to do, and not bother about how the other person will use what we are giving them?
    Giving money or food to beggars is really a debatable topic. Because many of us are exposed to nasty tales of helping beggars who turn out to be not-in-need-of-our-help, the few who really deserve help from us get ignored.
    I agree with Dia most of the times, but just like her, I’m thinking about it right now 🙂

    1. I agree to some extent. The children are mostly forced to beg, its not really a choice and they may not even get to keep the money. Giving money is not the best thing, but, what else can be done? That is a bigger issue and a whole ideology.

  5. Wow. I never thought that way. But after reading it, maybe I will shell out some rupees for the child beggers.

    1. Thanks Paromita. We are indeed skeptical about most things in life. But, I have seen people go out of their ways to help people at times. I am glad humanity still exists and sometimes its better to help without thinking much.

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