Drops worth a life..!

A travelogue

Rahul Kadakkal - 25.08.2019

Life is full of happiness and only lived in moments. Millions of human beings live here, one or the other will always be there if you need someone. So never say you are alone at any crossroads of life. But let us start from the beginning...
While Wandering in the streets of Delhi, suddenly my instincts pulled me towards Haridwar. Within no time, I was in the dark corner of the train to Haridwar that too in a tightly packed general compartment.. ! I didn't even realize when I took that nap when I woke up all of a sudden and checked the phone. Thank God, the nap was much shorter than I expected. Still, 2 3 hours left. Suddenly I spotted a group of 3 including 2 ladies approaching me and asked if I could hold their luggage for a while. They had a sleeping bag and that's a real fraternity for a traveler like me. The compartment was densely packed too and I thought of helping em with their luggage. The excitement rose further after I knew that they were from Kerala too. By then we reached Haridwar. Took a walk along the countryside of Haridwar
Yeah, it was drier than ever in all my visits. Water could hardly be spotted. I was slowly getting exhausted under the burning sun. Villagers were roaming around but felt pale in the Sun. I was drenched in sweat and dehydrating like hell. I thought of saving the last drops in my water bottle urged to move further but my body was giving up on me.
Then I heard someone calling me from behind. Though a sense of fear flashed, I thought of taking a look. Suddenly I spotted an old lady in a bed inside a house. She was saying "water " literally crying for water. Fellow passengers and tourists were hardly giving her eye contact. I opened my water bottle and went towards her. After a mouth of water, she signed that she wanted more. A few seconds and then she left a sigh of relief, the best one that I ever saw in my life. Then to my surprise, she pointed towards a small tap towards the corner. My eyes lit up and yeah a few drops of tears added to the sweating face. I fetched water from the tap and returned to the old lady. With no planned schedules. I spend some time with her near the bed. Some plates were seen towards the corner of the room, maybe she was fed from the nearby Dharamshala.
Life is full of happiness and only lived in moments. Millions of human beings live here, one or the other will always be there if you need someone. So never say you are alone at any crossroads of life. She was literally seen joyful in that few hours. Something invisible binds us all, anywhere you are. After Bhabaji from Dharamshala took charge of her, I left to my NoWhere journey, with a feeling of warmth from inside.

Happiness is Helping

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