I first saw few kids on bikes zooming past with complete disregard to traffic rules, pedestrians, to their own safety and possibly the concern and trust of their parents. One of them knocked down an old man and took off without a backward glance even though a policeman there was trying to flag them down. I moved on.
Next I saw a homeless man rummaging through the garbage like his life depended on it. It seemed to be. Because few minutes later he emerged triumphant holding aloft a parcel. It was a discarded parcel of food! He sat down by the road, opened it and started to wolf down the putrid contents! I moved on!
Third, I came across a man thrashing a woman in public. Obviously he had been drinking and the woman, his wife had dared to disturb his soiree! He had to show her who was in charge by raining blows at her in full view of the public! This time I plugged on my Ipod and moved on!
Next I came across few kids, all possibly in their late teens, brazenly smoking, oblivious to the public, showing off their smoke-ring blowing skills to each other. Swallowing a huge lump which felt like cancer to the mother in me, I moved on, yet again!
I had reached the Adyar Bridge and looked at the western horizon. I saw the setting Sun in all its blazing glory, the clouds unable to mask its brilliant hues. End of another day, leaving us in darkness. It was possibly the best sight I saw today!
I am no Buddha! The sights I saw today, if at all, only made me only hold on to my world tighter! Not renounce it.
I am grateful I know kids who zoom ahead with strong values! They keep in mind the sacrifices, love and concern of their parents and respect others, on and off the roads. They are mindful of their parents and their struggles and would never think of hurting them or their own health in any way.
I know a lot of people who work very hard to put the food on their table, they are thankful for it and never fail to pass on its value and significance to their children. I am in a world where I know many men who think of their women as their equal. They love and respect their wives and they’d never dream of even raising their voices, leave alone their hands against them.
I am grateful for my half of the world and being safely ensconced in it. The truth I will go in search for is the hope and the earnest prayer that the other world too becomes a part of mine. It’d be a perfect world then!