The Cost of One Smile

It was summer, I was on the road from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer with my friends. It was night, and Weather was looking happy. We parked our vehicle near a restaurant and after a short walk we sat down to eat. It was a very crowded area, while there were very small flowers stall, other such shops and also a big temple in front of it, Therefore, there is always a crowd in that area.

We ordered food. There was some time to serve our food. My eyes fell on the owner of the restaurant, while a poor man was sitting with folded hands on the ground, the man’s eyes were somewhat filled and stung, looking helpless with hunger and thirst. I got up and went to the owner of the restaurant and asked what is it, who is this this and why is he sitting down. The restaurant owner told that he has made this restaurant’s hut, it was to be paid tomorrow but it has arrived today.

I liked the nature of the restaurant owner but he did not like the man coming in such a crowd. When I asked the man to sit with us, he was very surprised, but then sat down, that day I enjoyed eating very much. After eating food there was a feeling on his face but he was also seen in confusion. When asked the reason for this, he told, “My stomach is full but everyone in the house are looking for food, what I will tell them?”

Our bill had arrived, I went to the counter on the pretext of paying the bill, asked to pack food for the man and to add the amount to my bill. Then I was very happy to hear what the restaurant owner said. He said, “Let us also do some service, it is my fault that I did not understand it, he is, who made my restaurant and I forgot to respect it.” Thus the owner of the restaurant not only gave him food but also paid his full remuneration at the same time and assured him of help whenever he needed it. At that time the man’s face had blossomed like a rose, he and the owner of the restaurant were also thanking us for all this. Thus the smile of that unknown man had made both our journey fatigue and journey successful. Read More…

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Hi ! I am Ashok Sharma. I studied at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana, India. Reading and writing have been my hobbies since childhood. Do not try to plan everything in the very last detail. Just create it, publish it and get feed back from you. But if you really want to grow then you will need points of leverage and most of them come from knowing people. Change is going to be continuous. It is a beginning, not an end. It will be my constant endeavor to thank the readers for their love, guidance and interest that I can do better than ever……..

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