Three days ago, when I was quite busy with my examination I experienced many unforgettable moments. One these moments occurred at the railway station.
My exam center was a little far from my residence, and it was just near a railway station so, I decided to travel by local train/ passenger train to my destination.The train sometimes comes on time and other times it arrives late. So, to avoid being late to board the train and for the examination, I usually reach the railway station half an hour before the scheduled time of train and buy a ticket. Afterwards, I wait to board the train.
On the fourth day of my examination. I was waiting for the train and there were many passengers who were waiting as well. That day the train arrived 20 minutes late. On another side of the platform I noticed some children all were below 14 years, holding plastic bags. The bags seemed very heavy since the children were hardly able to hold it on their shoulders. I was curious to know what they had in their bags. My feet moved towards the children. I stood near them and started listening to what they were saying.
To my surprise!! they were holding many (around 40-50 water pouches (around 100-200ml each pouch) in each plastic bag, water pouches in the bags and they were formulating some kind of strategy, on how they could sell more water pouches in the train before the main station. Their conversation was interesting and similar to a meeting held by professionals, but was in desi style 😀 ! One of them was heading the meeting.
Finally, they came to a conclusion on how they could effectively utilize the hours spent on the train to cover most of the compartments as well as at the stations between their journeys. They discussed all possible threat and opportunity and so on. At that moment, I visualized an application of a theory called SWOT analyses that I read about in my syllabus. SWOT analyses is a technique used by Professionals/Businessman/Marketers. To analyze their company’s Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threat.
I was impressed the most, when I heard the youngest child offered to buy the “train tickets” for all of them. When I asked them if they always buy tickets when they travel to sell the water pouches they replied “Yes!” but sometimes they don’t buy tickets because of a lack of money.They purchase the pouches from the market on whole sale price and sell them in retail.
Apart from deducting the cost of purchase for the pouches they hardly able to ensure their breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t think they would be able to arrange the money for everyone or even two of them. Sometimes they don’t eat dinner and many times they cannot eat breakfast.
This was a heart touching experience for me.
These children are not just selling water pouches but they are also selling their childhood.
who is stealing their childhood and where is their right to food and right to education.
These children have immense potential take this nation forward, they all need is better infrastructure and basic needs