That Waiter Cried
small boy of hardly 10 years was bound for his school, walking.
He wanted to save the bus fare provided by his mother to fulfill
his long cherished ambition. To know more details we have to go
back to the annual day school function of RAGHU that was celebrated
about 6 months back. After the routine snacks, he was served in
a big cup a very chilly and butter like substance that they called
ICE CREAM. That rosy and sweet dish with its bewitching fragrance
melted in his mouth instantly.
It has become
his habit to day dream about that dish and on all such occasions
his mouth used to automatically secrete plenty of saliva causing
him much embarrassment.
He is also a poor child in INDIA whose parents are below the
poverty line! As he couldn’t withstand the temptation of tasting
that rare item again he had ventured upon saving his bus fare
for most of the days by reaching school on foot. He could
also locate that high class hotel that serves many varieties
of ice creams. But he also lacked courage to enter that hotel
and ask for the price of his dream dish.
One day he
somehow believed that he had saved enough coins to meet the
cost and entered the hotel.
But for some time
nobody noticed him mostly due to his tiny size and also a very poor
appearance. Meanwhile RAGHU was observing the customers who were
relishing various items and some of them even ice cream. His shrewd
observation helped him to notice that they were leaving behind some
change that were being collected by the waiter with relish. After
some time he was spotted by a waiter. Raghu enquired about the price
of an ice-cream and was a little bit shocked to hear it costed Rs
40/- He started to count his possession of coins. The waiter was
irritated and moved to another table. RAGHU had to call him back
again and this time wanted to know the availability of any other
This time the
waiter was even more irritated and declared there is nothing
less than Rs 30/- per piece. He frowned and told Raghu not
to waste his time.
With due apology
for his delay he ordered for the cheaper ice cream and upon
its arrival enjoyed his ice cream to his hearts content. He
had already counted Rs 30/- with coins of various denomination
and tendered it with the bill.
boy couldn’t even notice that the body language of the waiter
was discourteous as compared to others. After some time, when
the same waiter returned to the same table, he noticed 2 shiny
five rupee coins kept under the cup as tip.
He was shocked and
even felt as if he had been slapped by that kid. His heart prayed
for that boy as tears fell from his eyes.