A Touching Story

"My wife called, 'How long will you be with that newspaper? Will youcome here and make your darling daughter eat her food?'I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene.

My only daughter, Sindu looked frightened.Tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with Curd Rice. Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age.She has just turned eight. She particularly detested Curd Rice. I cleared my throat, and picked up the bowl. 'Sindu, darling,why don't you take a few mouthful of this Curd Rice?Just for Dad's sake,dear.

Sindu softened a bit, and wiped her tears with the back of her hands. 'OK, Dad. I will eat - not just a fewmouthfuls, but the whole lot of this. But, you should...' Sindu hesitated. 'Dad, if I eat this entire curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?'...........Oh sure,darling'....'Promise?'.................'Promise'. I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine, and clinched the deal.'Ask Mom also to give a similar promise', my daughter insisted.My wife put her hand on Sindu's, muttering 'Promise'.

Now I became a bit anxious. 'Sindu dear, you shouldn't insist on getting a computer or any such expensive items.Dad does not have that kind of money right now. OK?''No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive'.Slowly and painfully,she finished eating the whole quantity.After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes wide with expectation.All our attention was on her.............

'Dad, I want to have my head shaved off, this Sunday!' was her demand.'Atrocious!' shouted my wife, 'A girl child having her head shaved off? Impossible!' 'Never in our family!' my mother rasped.'She has been watching too much of television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled with these TV programs!'Sindu darling, why don't you ask for something else? We will be sad seeing you with a clean-shaven head.''No, Dad. I do not want anything else', Sindu said with finality.'Please, Sindu, why don't you try to understand our feelings?' I tried to plead with her.'Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd Rice'.

Sindu was in tears. 'And you promised to grant me whatever I ask for.Now, you are going back on your words. Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra,and its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what?'It was time for me to call the shots. 'Our promise must be kept.''Are you out your mind?' chorused my mother and wife.'No. If we go back on our promises, she will never learn to honor her own. Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled.

'With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes looked big and beautiful.On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight to watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her classroom.She turned around and waved. I waved back with a smile.Just then, a boy alighted from a car, and shouted, 'Sinduja, please wait for me!'What struck me was the hairless head of that boy. 'May be, that is the in-stuff', I thought.

'Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!' Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car, and continued,' That boy who is walking along with your daughter is my son Harish.He is suffering from... ... leukemia.' She paused to muffle her sobs. Harish couldnot attend the school for the whole of the last month.He lost all his hair due to the side effects of the chemotherapy. He refused to come back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of the schoolmates.'Sinduja visited him last week, and promised himthat she will take care of the teasing issue.But, I never imagined she would sacrifice her lovely hair for thesake of my son!

Sir, you and your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your daughter.'I stood transfixed. And then, I wept. 'My little Angel, you are teaching me how self-less real love is!'...

The happiest people on this planet are not those who live on their own terms but are those who change their terms for the ones whom they love....."
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33 comments:

  1. that was beautiful... such selfless love is rare... i will remember this and keep it with me,, as it is something i could never forget.... thank you

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  2. Yes Paisley,you are right...
    'such selfless love is rare..'but we must try to put it in our lives.Thanks for your nice words.
    My best wishes.

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  3. what a noble and beautiful heart that lady has. a beautiful post Surjit. I hope my girls would learn some good things from me or from the world when they grow up. God bless you!

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  4. Thanks Sophiagurl,for your nice words.My best wishes to you.

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  5. Hi Surjit,

    This is really a lovely story; thank you so much for sharing it. Would you mind if I included it in my next edition of the Inspiring Story Awards Carnival?

    Namaste,
    Mike

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  6. Thanks Mike,for your kind and motivating words.
    I shall be grateful to you,in case you include this story in the next edition of the Inspiring Story Awards Carnival.
    My best wishes.

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  7. I am glad you kept your word. That was a beautiful post Sujit, and a wonderful thing for your daughter to do for her friend.

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  8. Thanks Loving Annie,for your nice words.
    I received this story from a friend through Email.I have simply 'contributed' it...
    God Bless you.

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  9. Such a beautiful story. I am deeply touched by the expression of selflessness.

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  10. What an awesome story..if only we could have that courage to stand for others! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my site!

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  11. what a revered place u have surjit..everytime..m filled with humbleness...everytime..u make me strong..u make me feel life near...

    so much thanks to u..this story is really great.

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  12. Thanks Rebecca,for your nice and motivating words.God bless you.

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  13. Thanks Sobeit,for sharing your beautiful thoughts.
    My best wishes.

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  14. Thanks Dream Catcher,for your kind words.I am glad,you have liked my simple blog.Your participation always inspire me.
    Good luck.

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  15. Thanks Jeya Anand,for sharing your feelings.
    Best wishes.

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  16. Hi Surjit,

    The Bible tells us in John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

    Indeed, everybody should mimic the action (support) that the little girl gave to the boy.

    Thanks for a wonderful touching story.
    Best Wishes

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  17. Thanks Sam Chan, for sharing your thoughts and words of wisdom from Bible.
    Best wishes.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this lovely story... very touching!

    Ahhh the love and purity of a child!

    Jen

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  19. oh my god what alovely story i cried at the end of that story never imagined a kid at her age withthat big heart really....it show us grownups that we should share our friends or beloved their pains and not to be selfish ...what apure and innocent soul she has...that was lovely story ....very nice ...bless u

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  20. Touching indeed! Love always bring the best in every soul. The unfailing love.

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  21. Thanks Jennifer, for sharing your feelings.Best wishes.

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  22. Children are innocent and therefore
    near to God.We adults, should learn from them.
    Thanks Lilifxt,for sharing your innermost feelings and thoughts.
    Best wishes.

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  23. I agree with your words Norie:.....'Love always bring the best in every soul. The unfailing love..'
    Thanks for sharing your noble thoughts.You are a kind person.
    My best wishes.

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  24. Lovely. There is nothing more to say. You and your wife must be extraordinary to raise such a blessed child.

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  25. Thanks Laurie Anne, for sharing your feelings.This is a story sent to me by my friend.I have mentioned it at the bottom of the post.
    My best wishes.

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  26. Beautiful Story! How beautiful life would be if we could all have the innocence of this little girl!

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  27. Yes,I agree with your views, Water Learner.Thanks for sharing your views.Good luck.

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  28. An amazing story, I'm deeply touched. These stories not only remind me we shouldn't be selfish and care for each other but also how much we worry about stuff that doesn't deserve a minute of our time...
    W.

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  29. I agree with your truthful wods:
    .....'we shouldn't be selfish and care for each other....'
    Thanks Wonder, for sharing your beautiful thoughts.My best wishes.

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  30. Karen LynchJune 22, 2007

    Such a wonderful and sweet story!
    Thank you!

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  31. Thanks Karen,for your nice words.
    My best wishes.

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  32. Dear Surjit,
    In addition to my Know Thyself blog (which you have once visited) I am also running a blog on Children's upbringing (http://littleganeshas.wordpress.com). I have borrowed this story for that blog giving the link to your blog as well. If you do not like it, just let me know, please.

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