My story: When You Are Spoiled You Cry At The Drop Of A Hat – Aliya Shetty Oza

Aliya Shetty OzaAliya Shetty Oza

Each of us has, at some point in time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference in your perspective forever. India Pages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers …. Meet 9-year-old Aliya Shetty Oza…We start with her Poem that has gone viral on Social Media 

Awful Abandonment

Abandonment is when you’re left alone, Abandonment is when you don’t have a home.

This is a story about a stray cat, Who ended up outside on a rich family’s doormat.

The first few months of his life he was truly happy, Until his picture-perfect life turned shabby.

After a while, they left him behind, Clearly, the family was cruel, brutal and unkind.

The cat’s world fell apart, The family obviously had a stone heart.

A pet isn’t just for Christmas; it’s for a lifetime, And they didn’t bother to fix this, so that is a crime.

Let us all recollect the 3 humane rules, And breaking even one of them ain’t cool.

Rule number 1-pets aren’t just for fun, They are with you through rain and sun.

Rule number 2- never ever think of abandoning children, As that’s something God has forbidden.

Rule number 3- you can’t leave and flee from old people, Because that’s just simply deceitful and should be illegal.

Remember abandonment is just awful, It should be declared unlawful!

 ‘Nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others’

 I am very blessed to have a privileged life. When you are privileged, you have special rights, advantages, and opportunities. I am fortunate to be a part of loving and wealthy family and I study at one of the best schools in Mumbai. Sadly, some of us tend to misuse these privileges and this makes us spoiled children at times. When you are spoiled you cry at a drop of a hat, you want everything your way and you force others to do your work for you. If we are privileged, shouldn’t we care about doing our minuscule role in making the world a better place?

Every child should be entitled to a right to a good life. We take it for granted, as we are privileged. One of the reasons our school has so many charity drives, donations and free dress days, is to achieve our goal of making the world a better place. Even if such a small community like one school can’t change the world, at least we should come of use to others.

I think that this quote really sums up this sentiment- ‘Nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others’ – Angelina Jolie. It is so simple yet profound. I hope that one-day, all of us come of use to others; otherwise, we are nothing but advantaged, selfish people who only care about themselves and no other. I think this is the best advice anyone could receive, as I want to definitely be more than just a privileged pupil.

About Aliya Shetty Oza

Aliya is a grade 4 student, at Ecole Mondiale World School, in Mumbai, India. In her opinion, it’s the best school in the whole wide world. She prefers to be called Ally. She is an avid reader, has a colourful imagination and a flair for spinning words into a story. Her stories and books can be found online on


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