Late in the evenings
Ramu is a brilliant chap in school. He tops his classes, right from grade one. Not just academics, he is exceptional in sports too. Swimming and football are his favorites. He is studying in the fifth grade.
Saratha, his mother, is a highly meticulous woman. Tidiness and timeliness are always important to her. She has trained Ramu to wake up early, manage his time and also to keep himself tidy, all the time. She is a smart woman too and helped Ramu a lot with his academics.
But quite recently, Ramu started coming a little late from school. He comes home at 730 PM, against the earlier time of 5 PM. Saratha told him a couple of times to come back on time, so that he can relax and then do his homework. But Ramu did not heed to her and kept on coming late. Unable to comprehend his new habit, Saratha decided to watch him one evening.
She went to his school at 5 PM on that day. She saw Ramu coming out and walking in a direction, opposite to their home. Curious to know where he is going, she followed Ramu all the way. Ramu entered a gully, which had numerous houses lined like bricks on the wall. Ramu entered one such house and she was wondering what business he has.
On peeking in, there was a little boy, hardly 10 years of age, sitting on the floor. His gestures indicated that he was blind. Ramu took out a book, sat in front of him and started reading. The boy was listening to Ramu and asking questions intermittently. There was a woman, standing behind Saratha, probably the other kid’s mom.
‘He is my son Ravi. Both Ramu and Ravi were schoolmates, till the time Ravi lost his eyesight in an accident. From then on, Ramu visits him in the evenings and read all the lessons for him, so that he can study. Please don’t restrain him from visiting Ravi!’. Saratha smiled and started walking back home. She was more happy now, than when Ramu received the certificate last year, for standing first in his class!