Almost two weeks ago as per my routine I was crossing the road to get my rickshaw for university. While I was waiting, I saw a woman sleeping on the footpath. It was odd as I had never seen anyone in this area sleeping on the footpath since we have shifted here.

The woman was average looking with long hair and fair complexion. She was sleeping with her pillow. I assumed her as an ordinary beggar lying for the sake of sympathy and money.  I took my rickshaw and got busy with my daily life.

Next day, I saw her again at same place but with additional CHADDAR with her. I was still waiting for rickshaw when she got up and saw me standing nearly ten feet away from her. She watched me waiting and flagging down the rickshaw for around five minutes but didn’t say anything. I expected her to ask for money but she kept watching me till I got my transport.

The next day, she was lying but was looking bit low. She was looking at me and the road for the rickshaw and smiled when I stepped in. It was strange that three days had gone and she didn’t even beg for a penny.

Same thing happened the next day but I neglected because many people stare when you are out and smile for no reason. I had three days off after it, so I totally forgot her. After all there are many people who give fake smiles every day.

After three days, when I saw her, I got a shock; her long hairs were now all trimmed to her shoulder level. Her fair complexion was dark and her face was full of dark spots. She looked conscious and disturbed!  She was looking here and there as if she was afraid. I noticed there was an empty bottle and a shopper with few rice and many ants in it! It was quite obvious someone else is interested in her life too!

I was so indulged looking and observing her that I missed my rickshaw. The woman saw me, smiled and pointed towards it as if she wanted to tell that you missed it. I was embarrassed to be so indulged observing her and astonished on her reaction. I stopped another rickshaw and went. She kept smiling and looking till I got out of her sight. Without saying a word; her smile proved me wrong! She wasn’t a beggar.

Thousands of questions were running in my mind but I wasn’t in a state to ask. She didn’t allow me to concentrate and wandered in my mind whole day. A mere beggar who was nothing to me, no conversation, no relation yet so much attachment! Why? There was something I had to know. So I decided to talk to her and ask about her problem.

Three days went by, thinking about her and anxious to meet her. I didn’t want to be late. I wanted to ask many things. Where is her family and why is she here. I was impatient to see her. Next working day seemed so far away. I just didn’t want to be late!

Finally Monday came; did my breakfast, saw time and took some food in a shopper and left home. I was happy; finally I am going to answer all my questions. I had a narrow escape from accident as my eyes were looking for her instead of traffic. When I reached the other side of street my eyes roamed everywhere but I couldn’t see her. There was her CHADDAAR and pillow but she wasn’t there. I waited as I was sure I will get my answers. But after 15 minutes I lost hope and placed that shopper beside her pillow and left.

I don’t know why but I still had hope that maybe tomorrow I will see her.  The statement “I DON’T WANT TO BE LATE” was screaming in my mind!  So even when I got home on Monday, I checked the other side for any clue but everything was as it was, even the shopper I placed was on the same exact place.

I was sure next day I will see her in every case but….

Next day there wasn’t even a single thing!




There must be a day when you wake up knowing that you are late today and immediately wished to reach on time and the day you wished, you never get on time. If this has happened with you, then don’t worry, you alone aren’t the victim but many are, including me!

Few days back I got up five minutes before I had to leave home. As I opened my eyes and saw the alarm clock. I thought something went fishy with it but when I moved my gaze on wall clock; I realized something fishy is with me not with these clocks!

I left the bed like robot  and hurried but in no vein as I was already 10 minutes late. As I walked out of my gate, a beggar sticked to me.” Baji 5 rupay day do!”<give me 5 rupees> I said I don’t have but he kept on saying “day do day do ” <please give> so I gave few pennies just to get rid of him. He returned them back saying “I want 5 or more than that!! not these few coins!!” I saw him with my eyes wide open. I was shocked for a minute.

What is beggar doing in our area? Moreover at morning time? Secondly when I am giving him money, he is returning me back! What a NAWAB-PANA!<prince> I was still in shock when QINGQI (a four seater rickshaw) passed me, I got frustrated because I was already late, then this kid and his NAWABPANA and now I missed QINGQI !

I asked that boy to leave me and go away right then but he sat on footpath showing me his innocent face. I felt odd so I opened my bag to give him a proper NOTE! But as I opened, I saw another QINGQI coming. At this time I wasn’t in state to let it go! I gave an innocent look at that kid, flagged it down and consoled myself saying” No problem if I am late, driver will DEFINITELY going to fly his bike like a JET PLANE!”  But since “I” hoped he will drive fast, he was so slow that I bet donkey cart could have moved faster than it!

Surely luck wasn’t with me, anti dropped her bag on road for which we had to wait till she got it back and the accident had to happen at the same day!! My bad!

Bike dropped me before the stop and I had to walk around 15 minutes to reach to other bus point where I had to wait till another QINGQI come. As soon as I stood there, I saw it coming. I rushed towards it, feeling relieved that at least something is going with my luck!

As I sat, I heard “BUHAT KAMINAPANA DEKHAYA AP NAY!!”<i can’t translate it now :P> These words immediately made me turn around. I was like WHAAAT?!!!?? Then I realized a college girl was ready to sit and before her, I sat. That was a funny moment. I smiled at her, shrugged my shoulders and gave her innocent look. When QINGQI started to move, I waved at which her face was worth seeing. It was a silent chat or rather say Interesting chat! Because if QINGQI wouldn’t have moved at that time, I wouldn’t be here writing this scenario.

On my way, I thought what a pleasant morning with 15 minutes walk like morning walk, such nice words like KAMINAPAN which I ate like breakfast and quiet hot SILENT conversation which I drank like hot tea. I was thinking about it when QINGQI stopped, I spontaneously said NOW WHAT? And I got answer “Baji Silencer may Kachra a gaya!” <Silencer has choked> At that time I wanted to BANG MY HEAD somewhere!  I started smiling because I got sure that today luck isn’t with me nor IN A MOOD to be with me.

There were two girls of same university so I suggested them to hire a rickshaw. Instead of distributing the fare, I had to pay the whole fare because it was MY MISTAKE that I suggested the idea!! When I paid rickshaw driver I was literally laughing on my state of HELPLESSNESS! I thought half an hour back I was having a sound sleep and within this passage of time I have experienced almost everything.

I walked slowly as I was half an hour late for class. I was sure I will have to miss this unit or I will get insulted by the teacher. But as soon as I reached it, I came to know teacher has already cancelled the class. The first thing which came in my mind was “SIR BUHAT KAMINAPANA DEKHAAYA AP NAY