Just an hour back, on the busy streets of New Delhi, I took a rikshaw ride. For those who don’t know, it is a 3 wheeler cart peddled by a man. 

The ride did not last for more than 7-8 minutes. In those few minutes, the rikshaw puller shared something amazing with me.

As there were many cars on the road, I asked him to drive on the extreme left side of the road (just to be on the safer side). And there, he started his story.

“Ma’am ji, please do not worry. I am a driver myself. I drive all sorts of cars and have my driving licence too. I know how to be safe on the road”, he said.

“Then you must drive a taxi, it will pay you well, or you should work as a driver somewhere” I advised, because pulling a rikshaw is a very tiring job and it requires a lot of physical strength.

“No ma’am ji, I don’t want to work under anyone. They ask me 100 questions if I get late by just 5 minutes, and I can not complain. I am not even allowed overtime money if they extend my working hours even by an hour or two sometimes. I have done that job earlier, but I am happy pulling a rikshaw now. Even though I have to work in the heat pulling weight which requires a lot of strength but my reward is that I am free to ride on my will. I make Rs. 500 everyday and I don’t have to give answers to anyone. I work on my own conditions”, he said.

“This way Ma’am ji, I feel like a King” he said wiping his sweat off his forehead.

He was smiling.

And I thought to myself damn! ANYONE CAN BE A KING. 

You just need the heart to feel like one!!

mySestina observations!

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53 thoughts on “damn! Anyone can be a KING…

  1. It is not about ability or lack of story script .. It is because they are not ready for a such a downtrodden role ..
    But there are quite few actors who took challenging characters …
    Inspire of all that in Bollywood filmmakers tend to make a movie that is 100% hero centric …

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  2. Yes – having control of your destiny rather than being at the beck and call of others really is the key to having that greater sense of freedom regardless of the circumstances. I admire that rickshaw driver! x

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      1. You’re most welcome. Actually I learned Urdu (or so the family lore says) before I learned french or English. I’m sad to report that I have forgotten all of my Urdu except for a few words. But those I remember have a special… taste and flavour. Have a lovely week.

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      2. Yes, I have always been a fan of Ghalib, somehow Urdu seems to have much more potential to express one self beautifully… a powerful language that blends well with poetry

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      3. There are probably not many French people to know that song. The funny thing was that when I wanted to post on it, I googled it and “discovered” the Kapoor movie clip. To me it was just a song with no images behind it. I only vaguely knew the story. And now “the trickster” has a face. 🙂

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  3. Yes, it was fine. As I said I remember only bits and pieces. For instance, Ghandiji, Bapuji. So I remember that “ji” is like a diminutive? a term of endearment? While maha or mahal would mean great, or big? Therefore “Ma’am ji” just sounds lovely. And perfect for a perfect story.

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