Wednesday, 16 March, 2011


Like a usual evening, I was sitting on a bench in the park in front of my home reading a book. The slow breeze seemed like tickling me and singing some mellow song which I was feeling inside. Suddenly a little boy, just about 7-8 years old, came close to me.

"I wish I could read", he said and walked away.

Before I could realize what he had just said, he was out of sight. He left me thinking that blessed are those who get a chance to be educated.

I lost the page of the book I was on. Breeze, for me, stopped right there. And so did the mellow song. And so did its tickling touch.

P.S. - Child labor and illiteracy are just as bad as any horrible disease. Disease kill the humans, they kill the society at large.

19 After Thoughts:

Fear Not the Darkness but What lies Within said...

Sheilagh Lee said:That says it all "I wish I could read. "
We are blessed that we have the ability to read and write stories and poetry.
Great work.

Deborah said...

A meaningful piece well written.

Creativity!! said...

Beautiful Fantastic Write Up!!

J.W. Bettencourt said...

"I wish I could read."
Hit pretty hard. Immediately the pleasant atmosphere got blown away.
Illiteracy is a very serious issue. Thanks for the thoughtful piece of flash.

Kim Nelson said...

I wish they all could read!

dialoguewithyou said...

A wonderful thought provoking message in so few words :)

Nanka said...

Well thought and left me stunned and dazed just as you may have felt on that breezy evening on the bench!!
I had loved the program in school that we had many decades ago of 'Each one Teach one'

Shail said...

To be able to read is a blessing and I hope every single one of us is blessed.

Deepak said...

@ sheilagh: yeah we are so blessed. Thank God. Thanks for appreciating the write up.

@ deborah: thank you

@ creativity: thanks a lot dear

@ bettencourt: Illiteracy really is a very serious issue, and it needs to be looked into immediately.

@ kim: I too wish that

@ dialoguewithyou: thanks

@ nanka: I tried to feel that actually. Otherwise, I couldn't write it. Thanks for coming.

@ shail: I hope too. Amen.

Ren Thompson said...

"I wish I could read."
Very powerful.
It creates quite the unexpected effect.

The Poetry Bin said...

Thank you for your words. I remember, as I explored the lives of Cambodian people while in Cambodia, how surprised I was at the number of people who can not read or write. It was quite a striking experience too.

The Poetry Bin

Nethra said...

I cannot imagine myself without being able to read and write. I'm blessed too! :D

Deepak said...

@ ren: thank u

@ the poetry bin: thank u for ur words too

@ nethra: me too. thank God for this

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

True, privileged are those who get a chance to read... blessed would be the ones who could teach from the heart they have.

Nice write up.

Blasphemous Aesthete

Deepak said...

@ blasphemous: yes, if u can teach someone with what u have, u deserve to have it in the real sense.

Cardinal Ruby said...

very well written.

Deepak said...

@ cardinal ruby: thanks dear and welcome to my place :)

Neetha said...

Hi Deepak , chanced upon Replica while blog surfing..

profound thoughts , lucid narration and illuminating words ..Keep the good work up...May God bless :)

Deepak said...

@ neetha: thanks a lot for ur kind words. they are encouraging :)

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