I take classes on Saturdays at around 10.30. So if you see Andheri station at that time of the day, you can hardly see 2 inches in front of you due to the crowd. But today, I decided to go for the class before mine which starts at 8am and voila, the place was emptier in usual.
Today, I saw all that I missed when I usual took the same route. I saw children, around the same age of the children that I teach sleeping of the footpath. I saw them drunk and probably high on whitener or nail polish remover. I first felt disgusted, not at the children, but at the people walking around them. To people who believed or rather liked to believe that such children are invisible.
I have been restless all day. I took class, my children made me feel happy. I felt like I was doing something. I was making a contribution. But today, I was just reminded of the long road we have in front of us.
I am very proud to be at MAD because somewhere I believe that there will be one such day when I can walk out and see no child begging. Till that day comes, I hope I remain restless and eager to do something. I hope we can never be comfortable until we have achieved that goal we have all set out to do.