Two men and a child

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This story revolves around a conversation that starts between two strangers after they witness a child on a railway platform. The story ends with the men and the child going separate ways.

Submitted: September 02, 2016

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Railway platform to its dead end was teeming with prospective passengers waiting for train to Budge Budge at Tollygunge station. It was already quarter past 8 in the night and the next train was scheduled to arrive at 8.36. Everybody was seemingly tired after a long day work and desperate to catch train and reach home as soon as possible. Some people grabbed the seats on first come first serve basis, some were standing with no other options because the seats were already served with adequate number of butts and apparently it couldn’t take any more, some were enjoying tea and snacks at makeshift tea stalls that dot the entire platform from time not known. In the midst of all these scene rolling at the back of my mind, I noticed a child running here and there, apparently enjoying in himself, with no one to play with, he appeared to have found a friend in himself and was all happy with it. Suddenly I heard a voice emanating nearby of two men talking about that little boy. Listening to their talks, it seemed to me that they were taken back to their childhood while watching that little fellow finding happiness in the middle of dullness that had engulfed the entire platform. They then were transformed back to their present day life and it was like beautiful dream broken after suddenly waking up to the reality. Soon, the conversation between two men was taking a turn in some other direction, the boy who apparently triggered a talk between two strangers was nowhere in the picture now. They now started discussing about money and means to sustain family in today's world. One of them, seemingly a less well to do of the two, said that "only government servants are happy and have nothing to worry about in today's time." Continuing He added that "public servants earn decent income to meet the expenses of their families, and we people, even after giving our blood and sweat all day long at work earn money that is even hard to meet both end's need.". Now, He unaware of the profession of the other person went on to say something that the other person seemingly took for as offensive. The other person then politely said that " I have a government job and work as a teacher in some (I don't remember the name) school". Now he asked how much do you earn? The teacher, apparently, said "Enough only to get two time meal a day for my family."


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