Trekking into the forest for the past few days had exhausted us and we wanted to take it easy today. After a quick brunch, we drove around town for a while. The jeep was giving us some trouble so we headed to the workshop in the afternoon.
Khaja had just stepped out a few minutes ago. While we waited for him, we decided to take a walk around the garage. Beside the workshop, a young man stood outside a scrap store staring at a pile of scrap stacked high in the corner. Every time, we met him he greeted us with a genuine smile that reached his eyes.
We spoke to him for a while that sunny afternoon. “My name is Manikantan. I am 20 years old. My father is a truck driver and my mother sells milk for a living,” said the young man without a hint of grief.
He had been working in the store for the last six months before which he was employed in a shop that sold diesel, petrol and oil. We asked him what his dreams were. He said, “I have none.” He seemed content with what he had and who he was. Perhaps, he genuinely experienced joy in his life. Perhaps, he couldn’t afford to have bigger dreams. We may never know.
There’s an entire social class residing below poverty line in our country today who are caught up in their day-to-day struggle for survival. For them, every day lived is a victory. As long as they’ve hope in their hearts, they will continue to fight, persist and thrive. And, may be that’s all they need – hope…
Project ‘Rest of My family‘ is an attempt to connect back, re-discover our relationship with and understand our responsibility towards the larger family that we are a part of — the rest of our human family. Hence, it is titled Rest Of My Family.
Through #RestofMyFamily, we will focus on highlighting social issues and human interest stories, documenting the triumphs of the ordinary man despite all the hardships they face constantly, and help these stories reach a larger audience and wherever necessary extend support to the individuals and communities that we write about. We hope to make a direct impact to the lives of those people we meet and find suffering due to various social issues; to connect the ones who need help to the ones who can help….
Find more about the campaign here: http://igg.me/at/restofmyfamily/x/539502