And They Say I Am Changing The World

On the way to visit one of my schools, As I sat back on my rickshaw enjoying the wind playing with my hair; The man pulling me towards my destination wiped the sweat from his brows. And they say, I am changing the world.

Looking the other way, As I yet again walked past the homeless lady that they all claim to be mad;  A CNG driver stopped and offered her apples that he had bought just for her. And they say, I am changing the world;

After clearing the coveted IIT examination, As I went to buy sweets for celebration; The sales boy, the same age as myself while handing me the sweets congratulated me on my achievement. I walked out of the shop with the sweets in one hand and the realization of my privilege in the other. And they say, I am changing the world.

Travelling through the Himalayas, on a rugged trek at a height of more than 14000 feet, as I slipped on the snow; The guide travelling along with us jumped to hold me from falling; 3 strangers, out there to earn their bread and butter, risked the lives to save mine that day, life of a well-off kid out to seek adventure.. And they say, I am changing the world.

Sitting with the homeless women in a shelter near Jama Masjid, as I saw the local young leader save a girl from being sold off to pimps; The same young leader whom I had been judging all along for selling drugs to kids and who I was there to save with my notions of modern education and thoughts of being superior. And they say, I am changing the world

Standing at the railway station in Delhi, As I saw that young kid steal and run with the bottles of water and overhear conversations of him being a threat to the nation. In my head, the young Nakul, who had always lived a sheltered life, jumped up again and again with a question: Why am I not where he is and vice versa? With all my privilege, I was standing proud, proclaiming myself in my head to be a success as that kid was scouring around for basics. And they say, I am changing the world.

10 thoughts on “And They Say I Am Changing The World

  1. Reblogged this on Dolphin and commented:
    There’s just something about this that bugs me…there is still an air of privilege. It reminds me of the song they keep playing at Christmastime with the words “well, tonight, thank God it’s them instead of you…” Do you have any idea how smug and self-important that makes one? And how that feels to the poor…who do not “deserve” to be in their positions any more than the rich “deserve” to be in theirs?? What did he do to help the homeless woman, instead of pitying her? Why not see about sustainable housing like Earthships for her so she won’t be homeless?

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