Crisis , problem , trouble are certain words that we like to keep away from our lives . Still they find their way into our lives & completely change everything around us . We have absolutely no control over the circumstances . The best we can do is to face the problem & come out a winner . But what if you face a life altering crisis at an age when you don’t even understand the meaning of word ‘Crisis ‘ .
There are some incidents in our lives that are best forgotten . We try hard to delete them from our memories or hide them in the darkest corners of our conscious .Yet they propel out & take us back to the time that hurts badly . One such real life incident has come out of dark dungeons of my memory . It was not at all pleasant yet memorable just for the reason that I had not one but two Crisis Angels . They completely changed the course of my life . I own them for the life I am living today , big time .
The incident happened when I was 11 years old . I was studying in 6th standard . We were to celebrate our annual day in Mumbai as it was Golden Jubilee year of our School. All the students selected for the annual day function were to travel with their class teachers . It was a long trip of a day & half by train from a town in Rajasthan to Mumbai.
My mom was skeptical at first as I was too young to be sent on such a long trip & my dad was also not in town . Later she agreed but not without giving me 100 do’d & don’ts . I was extremely happy .
We reached Mumbai a week before our annual day . We were practicing hard . We were some 80 students all together .It felt like a big picnic with no homework or classes .Just dance , drama & loads of fun . Just 3 days before the annual when we were finalizing our costumes , entry & other stuff , I had severe food poisoning. Within next 36 hours I went into the stage of acute dehydration & was not even able to stand on my feet . I was participating in three major activities . It all went for a toss . My dance & drama teacher were extremely anxious & miffed . They some how managed to make some last minute changes & went ahead with the program.
It all went well . I was sad as i couldn’t be a part of the program for which i was rehearsing since last one month . Next day afternoon we packed our bags & checked out of the hotel . We were sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for our transportation. Since last 4 days I was only on a liquid diet . Tired of sitting for long I got up & sat on a sofa that was placed behind a pillar . I can’t recall when I dozed off .When I got up after some time I realized everyone was gone . All students , our teachers & other staff members . I panicked & rushed to the receptions . I asked where everybody was gone ? They said a bus carrying all the students & teachers left around an hour ago . I started crying . I didn’t know what to do. It was a new city . I knew no one here . Unlike today no one had a mobile phone . The hotel staff asked me which train we were to board & I had no idea. I could only tell them the name of my town . There were at least 5- 6 trains from 3 different train terminals . They couldn’t figure out which train I was suppose to board hence couldn’t drop me to the station .
It was a complete chaos . Everyone was trying frantically to extract some information .Unfortunately no one had any information. With each passing minute I was getting worried . What if my school group boarded the train without me ? What if , till now, they didn’t even realize that they have left a student behind ? What if I never get to go back home ?
Another hour passed . It was becoming hard for me to even sit . The weakness & this crisis were too much for me to handle . I kept crying .Everyone else got busy with their work ,giving me a sympathetic look every now & then . Suddenly the receptionist called out for me . There were two men standing at the reception probably inquiring about me . They asked me why was I crying & I told them the whole story . They said they would take me to the station . They said something to the receptionist in a language that i didn’t understand ( probably marathi ) . They took me out & made me sit on a bike .
I was so overwhelmed by this whole situation & illness that I didn’t ask them a single question. Who were they ? How did they know about my school & other details ? I was acting like a robot . I just wanted to reach the station. This unexpected turn of events made me forget all my mother’s advice . I was travelling with two strangers in an unfamiliar city . It was totally against what I was taught for years . The driver took the bike in narrow lanes . I was looking around & wondering where he was taking me ? I never felt such fear in my life . It started getting dark & my fear grew 10 times . I couldn’t utter a single word . My mind was completely blank & eyes were desperately trying to find a familiar face.
After an hour long drive through narrow lanes & maddening traffic we finally reached the railway station . After getting off the bike I took my first deep breath . We rushed in & there they were on railway platform waiting for the train . To my luck , the train got delayed for 2 hours . Strangely ,up till now , no body had realized that I was missing . They gathered around me & started asking thousand of questions . And I was standing right at the center only remembering my mom’s smiling face .
My mother was so furious to see my condition & careless behavior of the school staff when she came to receive me . She complained to the administration . As expected , they categorically denied any lapses from their side .In fact they said it was my fault that I got sick & disturbed the whole schedule .
After that incident , I saw my mother praying for longer hours . When ever she narrated the incident to anyone , her eyes would get flooded with tears . She would get up at the middle of the night to kiss my forehead or hold my hand. She said everyday she thanked those two gentle men who helped me .
Even today I don’t know who they were . May be relatives of any of the students or hotel staff who some how knew about our travel plans . I didn’t even get to thank them . Just thinking about this incidence gives me goosebumps . Mumbai is a busy city . Everyone is in a tearing hurry . I am sure even those two gentle had some work at the hotel yet they took notice a girl in need . They didn’t just inquire but went all out to help a girl who was not even known to them .
I don’t know how else to say this but the kindness of these two ‘unknown ‘ gentlemen (My crisis angels ) had completely changed my life . Had they chose to leave me at my condition as others did ,I would have ended up god knows where ? I won’t deny that I imagined the worst.
Friends, if you find a child stranded or see any suspicious person with a child DO NOT IGNORE . Move forward , ask questions , try to help . A moment of courage & kindness can SAVE A LIFE .. Just for a minute imagine your loved ones facing similar situation . Think about it !
This post is a part of My Crisis Angel campaign by http://incrisisrelief.org/ in association with Indiblogger .