Hey, people!”, I said and received gazes from a score of a pair of eyes.
Sir”, he said, and no one saw him in the eye.

Similarities between him and I:

  • We both had all our physical characteristics resembling a human being.
  • We both had unkempt hair and not-so-clean clothes.
  • We both were seeking attention.

Differences between him and I:

  • My hair was black and his head turned grey.
  • I had a bag on my back, and he had a sacral belt around his belly.
  • He had a few coins in his hand, and I had fewer in my bag (currency notes were more in number).
  • My T-shirt had the name of my college printed on it, his skin had marks of poverty engraved on it.

It takes merely Rs. 30 to fill one’s stomach in a huge metropolitan city, and people were walking out of the restaurant, throwing those crumpled Rs. 3000 or more bills.
Few more were going into the restaurant to grab a snack, and he was waiting outside, patiently, to afford one meal for his empty, since two days now, stomach.
There was a hidden hunger embedded in his voice, a faint smell of expectation in his gaze. Yet, they walked past him, as if he didn’t exist.
Because his words were unheard, his voice wasn’t!

About Aneesh Singh

Engineer by choice, IITian by chance!
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