(Tour of India)
One night in Meghalaya, i was coming from Cherapunji (wetest place on earth). It was chilly weather, both side mountains, fog, wind and heavy rain. I couldn't ride more than a speed of 20-30km/hr, Hardly 2 -3 feet visibility, very chilly and i was drenched. Somehow i reached a village on the road side, parked bike near a house and stood underneath a shed.
After few minutes, some kids came outside, saw me, stared, then asked questions in their "Khasi" language?
I didn't know Khasi language, then didn't know Hindi and English much.
At first, we kinda struggled to communicate but later it went well. They saw me shivering, so one of them brought Chimney from their house so i can sit beside and get warm.
Then those kids started asking about trip and other places, we were talkin good. Later their mom came outside and asked questions like who, what where, why, bla bla? As i answered all her queries, then she started to tell her story "my husband died, these are my 5 kids, 'm a farmer, we have little farms and a little shop and much more".
She asked, "if rain wont stop, what would u do?"
Me: i can sleep here underneath this shed, if you dont have any problem, i will pay you for this.
She: no, not like this, its showering here too.
She immediately sent her kid to an old hut n asked him to prepare a bed. Meanwhile she offered me tea and shelter for the night. She trusted a stranger from very far corner of this country( how many of us can do this).
We had lots of talk, laughed and went to sleep.
In the morning i gave her some money for helping me at the hard time. She refused n went inside to make tea.
I called her kids, i asked if they want something to play or study. One said, their football is punctured. I gave them some money, so they can buy a new one and play.
And it was getting so hard for the kids to accept it but they did.
Later, had tea, said good bye and left for the journey.
** There are so many people in the world for whom humanity and helping are more precious than money.
I hope they bought football with that money. *Grin Emoticon*