Some years back, my friend’s son, Aryan, a young boy of ten, decided to do a little experiment.
He bought a helium balloon, a nice, big, shiny one. He played with it for a little while and later, quite like what people sometimes do with birds in a cage, he released the huge balloon in the air.
The balloon travelled gently, carried by its own weightlessness and the wind behind it. It made it’s way to a remote village close to Barielly. There it descended and was excitedly collected by a bunch of children. They ran to the PCO and made a call to the number written on the balloon.
An excited exchange took place between Aryan and the village boys. They thanked him profusely for the lovely gift, expressed astonishment over its size and color, discussed other topics and bade each other a heartfelt farewell.
Aryan loved this experience and has decided to do this more often and light up the life of some unsuspecting child with such unexpected gifts… 😀😊
The streets and roads are an unforgiving place when the monsoons hit… Flooding and jams are rampant.
Somehow, the street children find joy in that too. They run from car to car, drenched to the bone, trying to sell colourful polka-dotted balloons, their mischievous grins in place 🙂
They teach me more abour life and adversity and coping than any book can…
Staring out of the car window, one gets a glimpse of Everyday India.
The struggle to make a living is never more visible than on the streets of this ancient nation.
No matter what weather, the streets are always brimming with vendors selling new and unusual wares. Every road crossing has a colorful sight to offer.
Ever crossed a scene that forced you to stop and soak it in?
This was one of them for me. The lot of women in colourful clothes, working to make clusters of balloons to sell. An adorable cherub like baby, complete with a monkey-cap to ward off the chill, sitting in the center….
Once again I wondered…Life, what are you all about?
These ballooons are the cutest addition to any jam-packed street 🙂 As the vendor goes from car to car hoping to make a sale, he certainly generates smiles and delighted laughter from weary drivers and their little passengers!
I am sure the parents dread this road crossing for its irresistible wares on sale 🙂
Delhi roads are considered amongst the most dangerous in the world, they are also the ones that give livelihood to thousands of street vendors, most of them children and young adults selling their wares at the red-light crossings.
They also give an interested driver endless photo ops and some sudden smiles, like this scene brought to my face… 🙂
These mega balloons are quite popular at road crossings and I have seen many a gleeful child beg his parents for one.
My thoughts always go to the person who will be given the onerous task of filling it with air :). The other thought that always comes to mind is how loud would the sound be when it bursts and if the little tot will ever recover from the fear of sudden loud sounds for the rest of his or her life!