So there I was, going for a walk after many,many days. Oh yes, Ladyhawk has been a bit unwell, in the hospital taking yucky anti- biotics but she was feeling better yesterday so she, that’s I, decided to go for a walk.
The fact that I was wearing new track-pants also was an incentive. Chandigarh is so peaceful and clean that way…unlike Mumbai you know? You feel motivated to go for a walk since the air is clean. No pollution. I had plugged in my mp3 player and I decided to take the normal route…walk to the park near my house…take a few circles around it and head back.
So after a couple of minutes I reached the park to and what’s rhe first thing that i notice? Well, someone had lit a small fire in the park. I stopped to take a look and to my horror, there were around fifteen kids around that fire. I was like okay…its just a stupid little fire…till one of the kids decided to jump over it…and then another kid followed suit. I was like…” That’s it I have to go and stop this nonsense.”
Now whenever I do stuff like this I feel quite sheepish.
One minute later I was at the crime spot,I looked at the children briefly…they were of all ages…ranging from four to maybe eleven, twelve.
” Baccha-party”, the all familiar army-kid lingo escaped my mouth as I surveyed them,” Who lit this fire?”
The kids ignored me…so I stood close to the fire, my hands on my hips,” Hey you!” I pointed at the smallest boy who looked startled,” Who was jumping over the fire?”
That got me some attention and a couple of dirty looks.
” This….” I gestured towards the fire dramatically, ” Who lit this fire? Do you know how dangerous this is? What if you were wearing synthetic clothes? Who would have taken you to the hospital?”
Two of the boys took a step back.
” All of you leave and go home right now.”
To my surprise most of them scattered. As long as you bullshit with confidence, people do listen. The little boy was still standing near me.
“What’s your name?” I scowled down at the little pipsqueak.
” Harish.” He grinned at me.
I scowled once more. What a cute kid he was. “Whose idea was it to light this stupid fire?”
” Mine,” he exclaimed with glee and grinned up at me once more.
I maintained that stern expression while lecturing him about the dangers of a fire. I noticed that three small girls were listening to the lecture and giggling. Oh well. I was the evil one who had deprived them of their fun of death by fire so sue me.
” Anyway you go home now and I know every uncle and aunty here so don’t get up to any other mischief again.”
Harish grinned again,” Okay bye!”
I walked back home, smiling.
Later in the evening, I decided it was time to go back to Mumbai. Lecturing those kids made me feel like I had got my pep back. Though the doctor thinks otherwise but my fingers are crossed. :)
Over and out.