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This story depicts the condition of the ones who are in need of the basic resources or simply the ones who are poor. This story is also a timeline of the Indian scenario of child labor and its cruel figures. This story describes the regular or mostly resembling tale of the needy ones who have dreams in their life but its successfulness is limited.

Submitted: February 10, 2017

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Submitted: February 10, 2017



This story depicts the condition of the ones who are in need of the basic resources or simply the ones who are poor. This story is also a timeline of the Indian scenario of child labor and its cruel figures. This story describes the regular or mostly resembling tale of the needy ones who have dreams in their life but its successfulness is limited. 

The story starts with a bunch of poor children playing in a coal field in the Rial district of Maharashtra. The children are playing a local game called ‘gilli danda’ among them, which is supposed to be a famous game in the rural areas of all India. The small lads showed skinny legs, body and face covered with ashes and their shoulder bones projecting outwards. One can easily coin them as malnutrition affected kids. But, they are not disturbed of this fact and are playing with high spirits as if they were playing a world championship match. But this game did not last too long as the inspector of the coal field noticed these bunch of lads. He ran furiously towards the kids and beat them and dragged them toward the working area, where they were supposed to work.

The children worked in the ‘Rana Puri Coal Field’ in leham  vllage of Rial district of Maharashtra. They were child labors of this private limited. This story revolves around Lathif, who is one of the child and his struggle in life.
Lathif, the name not fixed by his parents, was found one day in the mosque in the leham village. His parents left him in the premises of the mosque. He was 2 when he was found by locals in the mosque and later they decided to call him lathif. His childhood progressed in the village, playing with the other kids and working in the coal field. He had many friends in the village but was mostly found with Sahib and Malik, who were also orphan kids. The trio lead their life with all its color and enjoyed their life with each other, even after being devoid of the basic facilities like food, shelter and cloth. Apart from their work in the coal field they also indulged in scrap collecting activities which fetched them money. They were found in outskirts of the city collecting scraps. 

The kids got 50Rs for working in the coal field and also they were paid by depositing the scrap materials. On the whole the trio spends their life eating gol gappa a famous fast food of India and also mouthwatering street foods and slept the shops of the village. However, Lathif the youngest of the trio was not satisfied by his life. He complains when he sees the kids of their age going to school. Sahib, the decision maker of this trio argued that the schools are only for the non-orphan kids and we can’t go there.  But lathif wanted to be like the engineer in the coal field who was respected by everyone in the field. Lathif knew that if he wanted to be like him he has to study in school. So, one day lathif went to a school in the hope of getting admission. He went inside the office room and he saw a group of teachers sitting.One man found this little chap in the room and gazed him top to bottom. Lathif smelted like a rotten egg and wore dirty clothes, the typical picturesque of a street boy. The man was amused seeing him inside the office. Lathif asked if he might get admission in the school. The man, who is in charge of the office ordered the security man of the school to kick the boy out of the school premises. Lathif was in a pity state and returned to his friends. He didn’t disclose this even to his friends.

Time passed by, Lathif and his friends was engaged with their monotonous lives. Lathifs interest in studies was sunk after that incident and didn’t dream anything of his remaining life. He was found with his friend working in the coal field and bearing the internal pain after getting embarrassed by others. Slowly by slowly he was sucked into his monotonous life. He was 18 when he found a girl working in his same coal field. Her name was ‘Laila’ and wasworking to support her family. Her family consisted of her mother only. Her father cheated her mother and left after gifting her Laila. Her mother met with a road accident leaving her half paralyzed. So young  Laila had to work in the coal field to support her mother.

The trio gang had include an another member in their group i.e.; Laila. She was found with them chatting and playing. Laila would bring food from her home and would share with them. Their friendship became deepen. The trio would visit her home and would. The trio knew that the girl was poor and needed help. They sometimes helped with donating cash to her family when situation worsen. 

But Lathif could be seen having a special attachment with Laila, a typical teenage feeling known as LOVE. Lathifs  life took a U-turn  after meeting laila. His problems of life was forgotten when he saw laila. Lathif told his love to his friends. Sahib was not surprise as he knew this matter already. Sahib and malik knew that lathif was in love with laila and told him to tell his feelings to her. Lathif was a bit hesitated at his time to propose laila, the same feeling every boy or girl have irrespective of their social status. But lathif made his mind and went to meet laila. He told his feelings to her. Laila was not surpised, she knew his love towards her. But she told her that her situation didn’t demand this love episode as she had an enormous task in her life help her mother. She had to make money for hermothers treatment. Lathif told her that he would help her for money and decide that he would marry her only after her family crisis was over. Laila also agreed to this decision and was happy to see lathif holding her family.

The year was 2001, the trio gang grew up working in the same field. lathif was working day and nigt to make money. He opened a bank account and would deposit his money there. The operation date of lailasmother was closing by and the charge was RS 20,000/- . After all years of hard work lathif was only able to save ten thousand rupees in his account. Laila was paid low than lathif and could not make the remaining cash. Lathifs friends were also not having the remaining money as they didn’t save money as lathif did. Lathif had no option and took loan from bank to get remaining cash. The operation was done successfully and her mother got cured. Doctor advised to not make her do any sort of work. Laila was really thankful to lathif as her family got an uplift. 

Lathif was 24 when he married laila who was 4 years younger than him. They moved to a new home with lailas mother in the same district of rial and was having a pleasant life. Time passed by , they were gifted with a son. Lathifs dream of studying was passed to his son. Lathif wanted to make his son study and to become an engineer .Lathif named him shahjahan, the king of kings. Lathif took his son to the same school from which he was thrown out. Tears poured out of him when he admitted his son to the school.  Lathif was working in the same coal field company right from his childhood. Laila left her work and lived happily with lathif and their son. Lathifs friends, sahib and Malik left the district afterlathifs marriage and went to find a better job in Mumbai. 

‘RanaPuri Coal Field’ after running for a many years was shut down at last because of union strike .the unions were demanding higher salary which madw he company to shut down. Lathifs life was upside down now. Slowly by slowly his money was depleting .he had to find another work to support his family. At times when he had to deposit fees for his son he had to  donate his blood. This donation increased as he had to run his family. Lathif realized that he had to find a work quickly. He went to Mumbai to find some work. 
After days of job hunting he was landed in a construction site where he worked. The pay was too low and remained nothing with him after he sent money to his family back in the rial district. His life became miserable with the load of work and didn’t got many opportunity to meet his family. But one day ,lathifs life was halted. As he was working in the constriction site and without any safety  precaution he met with an accident. He was working in the top floor when he slipped and fell down. He was admitted in the hospital. His situation was critical. Soon news spread to his family and laila went to Mumbai leaving her son with her neighbor. She found Lathif lying at the fllor of the hospital without proper treatment, a typical Indian government hospital. She rushed to him and burst into tears. She was unable to recall him as lathifs  face was completely wounded. She didn’t know what to do and was in a pitiful state. Lathif told her to stop crying and listen to him. He told her that he thinks that his life will not be the one before and tells her to gather strength and look after their child. She was completely destroyed by tis and rushed to the doctor. The doc was also on the opinion of Lathif and told her that his situation was critical. 

Lathif told her wife that make sure their son receive proper education and never realize him the pain of poor ones. This was the last sentence of Lathif and he passed away. Laila gathered the strength and didn’t cry. She wanted to make the dream of Lathif into reality .she brought the body of her husband to her village and performed his last rites. Shahjahan was now 10 years old and inspite loosing his father, was going to school and living peacefully.
Laila got a job in nearby city. She worked in the railway station. She was payed low but it was enough for both of them. Years passed by quickly. Laila had to struggle in her life to accommodate the school fee and run their life. Shahjahan was now studying in tenth class and knew her mothers condition and how much she was working to support him. When he asked that he wanted to come with her to work , she denied this and told him to just focus on studies. Shahjahan was good in his studies and was the school topper.

Laila’s life took another turn when she was removed from the job due to some reasons. Now she had to find another one quickly. A few days passed by quickly , but she was not able to fetch a job. She had borrow money from the villagers to run her family. This resulted in the disrupt life of laila and shahjahan. After months of unemployment she had no other option left. She knew that she had to make her son study , as it was the dream of his father. The money which she bought from the villagers was rising and she was unable to pay them.
The life of laila was filled with tears and was helpless. She went to the city on finding a job. She met with a woman and told her that she was desperately in need of a job. The woman assured her of money. But the money would only come from by doing a small business which is popular and spreading across the Mumbai and other parts of India- The prostitution. Laila was filled with anger when she heard this and left the place immediately. But when the situation got worsen, she had no other option left. She knew that to support her family she had to make money in any means. She wanted to make the dream of her husband alive. She met the same woman and accepted the offer.

Now laila was able to fund her family. She was able to make her son study. She returned the money of the villagers. On enquiring about her job, she told shahjahan that she worked in a construction site. Shahjahan was now in his final year of school and was grown up boy and had the tagline of the topper of the school. 

One day shahjahan and his friend went to the nearby city for watching a movie. Shahjahan left the theatre early as he knew that he should return to home early to study. While walking home, he saw her mother with another man walking towards a lodge. He followed them and found that what actually her mother’s profession was. His heart shirked right away and was unable to tolerate his tears. He walked down the road crying and realizing her mother’s condition. He felt ashamed of himself of making her mother’s life in such a state. 
Shahjahan was now destroyed by the event. He enquired his mother of the event and told her that she will not have to go there again. He told her that he would go to work and support the family. Laila couldn’t speak as she cannot explain for what she did. But shahjahan knew that her mother was only trying to raise her family. Shahjahan had to leave the school and work in the coal field which opened again. The dream of his father, Lathif could not be fulfilled as shahjahan had to support her family from meeting poverty. 
Shahjahan dropped his school, even after being a topper and worked in the field to earn money. He told her mother to stay in the house and not to go to any work. He told her that from now onward she could rest and he would go to work. 

The life of poor ones is portrayed by my views in this story of a dream seen by Lathif but failing to happen. The dream seen by Lathif will be passed to shahjahan when he has a child in future. But the fulfillment of the dream will be unknown as the life offers a strange path to the needy ones. So, The Dream Cycle will be repeated again and again and I hope that many would achieve the dream.

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