I was coming back from my in-laws house after dropping my wife and children for summer vacation. They had a plan to stay there for a month.
It was three hours road journey from my in-law’s house to my company provided accommodation. I recently got a transfer to this place. I had my dinner quickly and started my drive at 9 pm. I played my favorite music to enjoy my drive and keep my sleep away. It was drizzling outside.
I saw my mobile phone ringing. I picked up the call. It was my wife’s call to know how far I reached. Oops! I realized that my mobile battery was quite low – only 10% left.
It was 11 pm. I was crossing a jungle area. People used to say that this area was a bit mysterious. I increased the volume of the music to add some mental courage.
Thank God! I almost crossed that area safely. Oh! Suddenly, I saw one lady with a child waving their hands as if asking for a lift. She was carrying one big bag too. I thought, it’s already so late, and the place was also not good, why should I take risk. I didn’t stop my car. But, something stroke in my mind that I already had crossed that mysterious area, and as that lady might be in real trouble, and it was pouring too. I kept my leg on the break. I reversed.
I put my window glass down and asked them what was the problem. The lady said that her child was not well and her husband was not co-operating, so, she had to come out alone with the kid. She asked a lift till the civil hospital, which was on my way, just 3 km ahead. I opened the door lock for the lady and the child. They comfortably sat in the backside.
On the way, I asked her where was her home, what was the kid’s name, what was the problem with the boy etc. etc. And I came to know, the little boy used to go to a nearby govt. school, and the lady used to work in few houses as part timer maid. And, her husband was a chowkidar in a nearby colony. The kid was not well for last three days, having high fever. Nobody cared to help her, so, at last she had taken a bold step to take him to the hospital. I silently planned to offer them some money while dropping them.
We almost reached the civil hospital. I asked her, “Hope, you talked about this hospital, right?” The lady said, “Yes! You can drop us in front of the gate.”
I slowed down my car in front of the gate of the hospital, and turned to offer some money…..Oh My God! There was nobody in the car except myself. I was shocked. My heartbeats became faster, I was clueless what to do…..
Gathering some courage, I got down quickly, and rushed towards the hospital….I talked to the chowkidars there, explained about the incident. They made me easier that this was a common incident in this road, during this time of the year. I spent the whole night there itself, and resumed my one hour journey at 6 o’clock morning.
I still think who was she…..