“The Ragpicker Boy”
By: Ankit Sharma(Civil Dept.)
As per my daily routine, I was going through those streets. I always desired to do photography in these streets.
Suddenly, I saw that rag picker, of age about 15-16, checking dustbin, maybe finding something, eatable. He caught my attention, I was staring him, standing there for a moment, and he noticed it. I smiled at him.
He got that I am emotional and generous kind of personality, he came to me and told me his regretful story, and begged me for money. I gave him ₹50, and as he noticed money in my wallet, got that I am rich, and begged for more, I understand the situation, and I said, “I will give you ₹500, what will you do with it?”He was amazed, a few moments later he represent the whole list, that he gonna buy from this money for his family, and I said “What after spending all the money? You would start begging again..!”
He was quiet, I start to walk toward my way, and suddenly he replied, “Sir I am going to use it so I could make more money out of it”, he said confidently.
“How..?” I asked again. He had no answer for that.
A few days later, I was on my way, suddenly he appeared, and said “Sir I have a new Idea, so I could make a profit with that money”. I felt good, “Did you plan what you are going to do, what difficulties you are going to face, how to deal with them, did you do a survey for your idea, any rough plan for how to manage things,” I asked curiously.
He said nothing and went from there, and me again on my way.
Few Month later, he appeared again, “Sir I did all the things you asked, I Checked profile and work of other people too who are working on the same problem., but my idea was better and more compatible for customer”. He said. He is not the boy I saw that day, he was something different and new today.
“Did you launched your idea?, Are you working on it? did you get results? How could I trust that your idea is better?” I asked him.
“Sir I was working day and night for this project, if you can please get through it, you will know sir, that it’s worthy.” He said and requested me.
“Well my son, I already have a lot of projects, why should I use my precious time on your idea, a lot of people get new ideas daily, and 99% of them pull back later on,” I said. He looked quite disappointed, and I add, “work on it, show me results”.
A few years later, I was on my way to my office, suddenly a young man stood in front of me and smiled, it took me a little time to get that he was ragpicker boy. He told me that he was working on his idea, from the last few years, he failed so many times but rose again, and now he was getting good results. I was glad to hear him, and he discussed his project with me and at last, I invest my money in it.
I wrote this story to make you understand what life demands from us, hope you guys liked the story and happy for, “the ragpicker boy”. Now listen carefully,
“we all are similar to rag picker boy, and the Merchant Guy is similar to life, now remember that what did merchant wanted from the boy, same thing life demand from us, and when we will become worthy he is going to invest in us, and going to give us opportunity instead of money. This how life works”.
At last, I want to say if life gives you an opportunity/chance, to prove yourself, pull your socks, be ready and ‘make it worthy’.
A link to Ankit’s blog : https://darkanki.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/make-it-worthy/