Sunday, March 2, 2014

Recycling her Life

From the age of 3 all she could remember was rummaging through the garbage outside posh homes for food and valuable items.
Often surprised at the wastage and leftovers, she was secretly glad too as she had always managed to feed her little tummy even in the most precarious situations.
Sleeping near the dump, with flies and mosquitoes buzzing and biting into the breezy nights, with the onlookers covering their noses and sometimes even kicked around like stray dogs, she had accepted the world she lived in.
But it was a summer night of June which changed her life for ever.
As she gleefully admired her treasure find - a cardboard box, which she assumed would have been a packaging for a beautiful doll as seen on it's cover, she was struck by a fascinating idea.
She ran to her den, furiously found a pair of scissors, some glue and ribbons through her collectibles and laboring the entire night produced a life-like doll image cut out from the cardboard.
The doll was so real and enigmatic that she named her Princess Tia.
Sitting and playing with her Princess Tia on the busy red light of Hauz-Khas, she didn't notice the red jaguar stop by.
With a skip in her step, dreams in her eyes, she kept checking her pocket for the Rs-500 note she had received in exchange for Princess Tia and she knew that rag-picking was never going to be the same again for her.

Photo credits Artbox

I'm yet again (nervously ;)) taking part in the WriteTribe Festival of Words. Today's challenge was to write a piece of fiction in exactly 9 sentences. If you haven't joined the action packed week long challenge, do it now!! It's guaranteed fun and the best way to get your creative juices flowing!


47 comments:

  1. Oh ! She was awarded for her creativity, wasn't she ! A different one, a nice one at that. Great !:)

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    1. Thank you Sreeja :) Yes now she can craft her life with these new found skills :)

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  2. With a bit of love, a bit of encouragement she the rag picker can turn out to be a mine of ideas. Let's hope someone identifies the gem in the rags and takes her under their care and guidance. Lovely post Aditi.

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  3. Wow! That was indeed a life-changing find for her. Glad it didn't end tragically as I thought it would. Inspiring indeed. :-)

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  4. Such a sweet story. A 500 hundred rupee note came as a windfall in her life! Loved reading it.

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    1. Absolutely Ma'am...and it was also a confidence booster for her. Now she can create her own life!

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  5. How lovely! Seeing the positive in the darkness is so reassuring.

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  6. lovely... I like how hopeful and positive it is. That 500 probably did not affect the owner of the car much but it would have changed the child's perspective on life itself...

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  7. who knows where creativity is hidden rt! BTW tht pic was so apt...

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    1. Thanks :) interestingly the pic inspired the story!

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  8. How inspirational Aditi :-) and such a bright story of success and hope. Yes many more such creative stories I pray turn into reality from fiction :-)

    Richa

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    1. I pray the same Richa and if you look closely there are such success stories hidden in some shadows...

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  9. From the first word, I felt so dragged into the life of this little girl. Very lively! I choose to hope that was a turning point for her, and her life just got all better since the money came her way... Small success stories, but never the less --- success stories:-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Eli :) they sure are success stories!

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  10. oh!! How inspiring really.. I wish that would make her stop rag-picking..

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    1. I believe with the new found creativity and confidence she is on to become an entrepreneur :)

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  11. I'm hoping this has a wonderful ending, Aditi - because it's a story so full of hope. Thank you - it made a fantastic start to my morning!
    PS: Some of the street children I knew as kids are graduates now - one is an architect!

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    1. Wow that must feel so good to see them grow up and become achievers...their likes inspire us!

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  12. An example of how a life can change with just one incident. That Rs.500 will open up doors for the brilliant and creative child. Truly inspiring Adit. <3

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  13. This is different and I liked the girl's idea of making a doll from the items gathered from garbage and the red jaguar rider's compassion for the poor girl.
    I have started following you

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    1. Thank you so much :) Great connecting with you!!

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  14. This is another beautiful post from you, Aditi. I was reading this when you left the comment about your surprise. Totally moved by this post and the surprise, both :)

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  15. So beautiful and celebrating life, Aditi. My heart goes to the children begging and often wonder how they are deprived of the joy of growing up. You paid a beautiful tribute to the lesser loved children:)

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  16. Wow! So heartwarming!! Glad that things would be bright and happy for her from now on!! Lovely story, Aditi :)

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  17. Hey I loved that story Aditi. Wish everyone would find their talent like this little girl.

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  18. Oh.. that ended on a happy note.. Creativity does pay ;)

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  19. Lovely story! It's a lesson indeed that you should always hone your skills once you discover what you're good at! Good for the little girl... :)

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    1. Well said Shreesha :) Thanks for stopping by :) glad to connect with you!

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  20. A breath of fresh air and a story that tugs at the heartstrings. Beautiful, loved it...Aditi

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    1. Thank u Sulekha :) your comments make me so happy!

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  21. a short and sweet story well written and a great idea

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