While on my morning walk, I noticed a young lady dragging her trolley bag with considerable difficulty. Thinking she was bound for outward travel I expected her to hail an auto rickshaw to reach the central station in order to catch the train but I soon realized it was not so when I saw a slip of a boy in tow. Soon the School bus seemed to appear from nowhere and coming to a halt where the two were standing. The mother drew the handle in, lifted the mini suit case and deposited it inside the bus after which she did the same with her son.
The scene reminded me of Shakespeare’s poem, ‘The seven stages of man’ where he talks of ‘the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.’ The lines in the present scenario should read as follows:
‘the diffident school boy with his mini suit case
And sleepy morning face, following like tortoise
Reluctantly to school.’
I was left wondering that a day may not be too far off when these ‘small’ suit cases give place to larger ones to accommodate books, not for specific subjects handled in a day but enough to cover the entire academic year! My sympathies are for the tiny beasts of burden.
n.meera raghavendra rao