One of my gardeners was a widower. He was working in a school as a gardener, but in the spare evening hours, he would work in some bungalows. He was sincere in his work. He had only one son. His wife having died early, the father was looking after the child right from the beginning. He gave all his love, advice, guidance, food and toys etc. for him. He appeared to be a dull child, who would not like to go to school and run away from there. One fine morning at the age of about 9 years he disappeared from the house. Searches were made in the near about areas and also FIR was lodged with police, but with no results. About 3 years passed in the mean time. One day the father got a letter from the In-charge of some rehabilitation centre for such “run-away children”. In spite of having little funds at his disposal he went there (about 800 Kms away) and saw his child in that centre. The son and the father recognized each other. The son informed that after leaving the home, he had travelled without ticket and so the TTE removed him from the train at this station. He was then seen by some person, who engaged him in his restaurant for the work of cleaning utensils with small amount as salary but with free food. He continued to work there, until one day, when such run- away children were brought to the rehabilitation centre for identification and restoration to their families. The father then brought his son to his home, advised and pleaded that now he should not leave the home at all and that he will arrange all the required things for him. A few months passed but the child was getting restless to go away again, which he did soon. He suddenly disappeared once again. Similar searches were made, complaints given, earlier hotel checked up but he could not be traced. The father then reconciled to the situation, having a feeling that his son won’t come back again. He decided not to make any more efforts to locate him and left the things to God. The boy did not come back and most likely may not come back at all. As the whereabouts of the child are not known, the father is all alone to pass the rest of his life. A very old but sad story indeed.









About vijaiksharma

OVERALL BRIEF PROFILE: An engineer cum management professional from Jaipur, India. Has been active as freelance writer, reviewer, trainer, examiner and translator. Has interests in Management, Quality, Meditation and Yoga. Has jointly written 6 books, besides about 185 articles, book-reviews, case studies, interviews and translations etc. published in foreign in Indian publications & 24 radio talks broad cast on All India Radio. A book-reviewer, an abstract writer and one of the “Writers of the month” for Jan 2007 on www.shvoong.com. Has won President of India award in 1968, Fellowship award in 1992 and H K Firodia award in 1996, Colvin Medal in 1957, IIIE Special Award-2017, Life time Achievement Award-2017 by ITSR, Jaipur, besides other appreciation letters. Has been abroad 6 times to USA, Europe, Bulgaria and Egypt. Also writes blogs with following links www.vijaiksharmaspeaks.blogspot.in, www.vijaiksharma.webs.com, www.sthavir.blogspot.in,

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