It was one of those Wednesday mornings, bang in the middle of those office weeks. It was a little past 11 and all my flatmates had left for office already. Some days you take awfully long to get up not because you’re physically tired but your own thoughts, especially the negative ones, tend to weigh you down. Those times when the negative thoughts far outnumber the positive ones so much so that you cannot rationally work out a solution. So i just lay there, paralysed almost, reluctant to get up.
And all of a sudden. Ting tong the door bell rang, breaking me off my thoughts.
I obviously had no intention of opening the door, far too wrapped in my thoughts. Or perhaps just a momentary pleasure of letting the man outside to suffer, just the way i was.
“Ting tong ting tong ting tong” – the bell rang 5 times more.
“Man sure wants to get in”, i said to myself. Somehow, I pushed myself out of my bed and went to open the door.
It was bhaiyya (the domestic help). He looked really worried.
“I lost my bike keys”, he said, his lips quivering.
“Look around, it’ll be here, i said, pointing towards the kitchen, a bit nonchalantly, as i was still lost in my own gloom. I helped him look around a little but we both were unable to find it. I asked him a few questions and reassured him that he could always make duplicate keys. As he continued searching frantically, i returned to my room. Back in bed again, back in the prison of my negative thoughts.
5 minutes later, he started banging on my room door. Uffo, i said to myself. I opened the door. There he was standing, smiling.
“I found the keys”, he said, with a huge sigh of relief.
“Good good! Be careful from now on”, I said patting him on the back.
“Thank you bhaiyya. Aap na hote toh pata nhi kya hota (thank you brother, if you wouldn’t be there to open the door, i don’t know what would’ve happened)”
Then he gave me a hug, thanked me again and left.
I stood there smiling. Just 5 minutes back i was there, succumbing to my negativity. And out of nowhere, there i was, a hero – bringing happiness to this man’s life. The energy seemed to return to my limbs. Without any further ado, I started getting ready for office.
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