Ajay happily married with two lovable children was working as a Project Manager in a leading software company.
He had come up the hard way right from his young days. Swamy, his father was a farmer, always in debt ,but went to great lengths to ensure that his son got good education, even if it meant depriving himself of even bare necessities. After finishing creditably his schooling, he was able to secure with the able guidance of the village master,a scholarship to pursue engineering. Engineering done, he secured a good job. As a dutiful father he saw to it that his kids got the best in everything..
But Ajay never forgot the path that he had traversed, always remembering the hardships he had undergone,the lack of comforts and was ever grateful to his father and village master. Now with a good job on hand coupled with ample money , he decided it was time to contribute his bit to improve his village. With this in my mind, he set off to his village.
On his way to the village, he reminisced about his younger days, the school he went his home, his antics and the unfailing support from his parents..Suddenly his thoughts were disturbed , when a young boy who was selling lemon drop candy, pleaded with him to buy some candies. As a young boy this was one of Ajay’s favourites, and on an impulse he bought the whole lot bringing a grateful smile on the boy’s face. The boy thanked him profusely, for the kind act that helped him earn some money to fund his studies. Ajay relished some candies bringing back old memories and gave away the remaining to the kids around keeping a few for his own children .
Work done, when he entered home, his son came running to Ajay, and asked with eager expectancy “ What have you brought for me Dad?”
An excited Ajay gave him the small packet of candies .As soon as the boy opened the packet he said with a frown in his face “ What is this, cheap candies? I was expecting you to bring a large quantity of Cadbury’s chocolates .I don’t want this ” and threw the packet awayAjay was stunned, by this behaviour as he thought of his younger days in poverty and of the boy who sold the candy in the hot sun to find money for his studies.