Story of a lost journalist

November 1, 2012

Happy Helpers

Filed under: People — Cris @ 13:40

I have been thinking about writing this for a while now, about two women I met. Selfishness is such a common trait that we sort of take it for granted, we don’t expect anything good from anyone – at least not when we first meet them. So I was so happily surprised when these two women I barely knew went out of their way to help me. It is not from huge disasters, but everyday situations – where help is neither expected nor appreciated.

The first instance was when I went to Padmanabhapuram Palace for a story. There I met Rajashree, my guide for the day. From the moment I was introduced to her till two hours later – way past her lunch time, she’s been nothing but a cheerful happy helper. Explaining everything, twice when I ask, not an inch of the everyday impatience you are used to, on her face. It was in fact I who ended our palace tour when she was keen to show more. She wouldn’t take any ‘tokens of thanks’ from me. I am just doing my job she said and bade me farewell.

Another instance is again work related. There is an architect – Trupthi – I call every time I need help filling our ‘house’ page in the paper. I once called her as usual somewhere around 3:30pm. She answered the call sleepily, and asked me if I could call after 7pm. She called me after 7 and gave me the contacts I needed and told me again that I could call her either early morning or in the evening in future. I was a little confused by this when she said she is in the US now. So I must have called her at 3am in the middle of her sleep. This did not annoy her, and she was only happy to call me first thing in the morning with help. Am not a friend, just a pest of a reporter she has not even met! In her place, I would have not only not answered the phone but lavished curses on any midnight caller who woke me up. I was amazed.

Whoever feels goodness is disappearing fast in the world should encounter people like Trupthi and Rajashree. It is just that theirs may not be life saving missions but simple everyday gestures that are taken for granted.



  1. nice people
    nice post

    Comment by Denny M X — November 2, 2012 @ 16:39 | Reply

    • nice Denny 🙂

      Comment by Cris — November 4, 2012 @ 11:07 | Reply

  2. Goodness is very well around us And inside us but at most times we lack the wisdom to differentiate it coz we are blindfolded by suspicion..

    Comment by Javed Miandad — November 2, 2012 @ 17:45 | Reply

  3. Very awesome work 🙂 Liked it very much . thank you very much.

    Comment by karthika varma — November 4, 2012 @ 09:08 | Reply

    • Welcome very much 🙂

      Comment by Cris — November 4, 2012 @ 11:08 | Reply

  4. happy people always meet happy helpers

    Comment by ammusree — November 17, 2012 @ 09:52 | Reply

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