I have just got back from market after getting my wrist watch checked and could not wait to share what I witnessed there.
My watch had been showing signs of slowing down so I took it for check up to a watch repairer whom I had known for some time. His shop is very small and one has to stand outside for purchase or repairs. After initial check he told me that it needs a new battery and little cleaning which will take about 15 minutes. So I decided to wait. While standing there I was just observing people going about. There are a number of coaching centers in that market which attract a lot of youngsters who need to prepare for either Board examinations or some qualifying ones for professional courses.
There were 4 young boys standing a couple of yards away from me and chitchatting. I heard one of them say loudly “ Hello, sweetie, want to be friends?” or words like that. On looking I saw a young girl of about 18 or so walking past. She was nice looking, tall and attired as per normal trend in jeans and t shirt. She stopped and approached that group. Now that aroused interest of not only me but some more persons around.
On coming close to those boys, she asked, “ Did you say something to me?”
The boy who had uttered those words was taken aback but after few seconds said,” Yes.” She then told him that she had no objections to be friends if he introduces himself properly. The boy became little bold and told his name. She asked him to tell her about his family and where had he studied as well as what was he planning for his career. He became bolder and told what she had asked for. It turned out that his father is a senior level government officer, mother a teacher and elder sister is doing MBBS. He had completed 12th from a well known school and was preparing for entrance examination for medical colleges. He had come to attend coaching class at a nearby center.
After hearing all this what the girl said made those boys turn red in face and look around sheepishly. She said, “ With your such impeccable background I would love to friends with you but I will not as you have let down not only your parents, their upbringing, your sister, your such reputed school, noble profession you have chosen but also society as whole by passing unwanted comments like you did as if you were from some disturbed background.” And she just walked off with her head held high. All of us who witnessed this were speechless. I strongly feel that those boys will think a lot before they indulge in such behavior again.
I admire that girl and wish that there are more like her.