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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Living Ad.


In my college days I used to be very much bothered by the children who were made to stand in hot sun and hand out ad papers of some particular shops advertising huge discount etc to the passerby. Most of the people, who were in a hurry, often pushed them or scolded them for hindering their brisk pace. One of the boy who must have been around 8 yrs once stood there handing out ad papers to people and I have never been able to forget his embarrassed dark face ever since- especially the embarrassment on his face. When I came back home I could not study so jotted down a few lines about this living ad…



The living ad



He stood on the path

No one offered him a chair

The path was burning hot

Yet his small black feet were bare



Full of embarrassment he handed ad cards

To the people who passed by

The owner of the shop sat calmly

For this act of his he was not a bit shy



No one bothered to give him food

Nor anyone offered a bit rest

Under the burning sun everything was dry

Yet the dark eyes seemed wet



Though the young soul was suffering

No one was bothered or sad

He was nothing more than a signboard

For people moving on – he was just a living ad.


By

Farida Rizwan


15 comments:

  1. Lovely work mam!!
    Its a fact that was told brilliantly by u..
    No one really cares...:(
    Let me reach a certain level and then I will surely do something..:)

    Cheers

    Nuts

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  2. This is a terrible way to use children! Very sad, but all too common.
    Big Hugs!

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  3. Very sad. Most people act selfishly. Well said.

    Have a great day...:)

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  4. You wrote:

    Though the young soul was suffering

    No one was bothered or sad


    i am sure YOU were bothered and sad.

    We need more people like u.

    Cheers

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  5. That broke my heart to read. Being the kindhearted lady you are, of course you are affected by it. Does this practice still exist?

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  6. sad life...life sucks for the poor...their plight hurts me too...all we can do is help some of them around us,

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  7. terrible ..yet widely practiced! "Under the burning sun everything was dry

    Yet the dark eyes seemed wet"..heartfelt lines!

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  8. After seeing this poem and nalini's, I'm dying to give it a shot..wonder if I can write poetry...not really sure..:)

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  9. What impresses me most about this is that it bothered you, and weighed on your conscience. Most people would not give that boy a second thought.

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  10. He was nothing more than a signboard

    For people moving on – he was just a living ad.


    Beautifully written. Lovely work!

    Most of the people would not even give a second look to that boy. I am glad you did and it hurt you to see that boy in such a pitiful condition. Wish everyone had a caring heart just like you! :)

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  11. poignant-like Nirala's 'woh todti patthar'.

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  12. Beautiful and heart touching poem by Farida. Lakhs of children are destined to live their lives in rags whose parents could do nothing for them except bringing them into this cruel world.

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