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EK MASALA CHAI …. AND A HAPPY SMILE
“Bhaiya Ek masala dosa do idli sambhar aur ek plate Upma…aur haan, do chai…please zara jaldi la do na” a conversation which seemed to be common on every table in this very famous restaurant of Pune .. The moment we mentioned about our trip to Pune to any one who has previously visited this bubbling city would tell us, “you SHOULD have breakfast at this so & so restaurant .. they serve the most amazing breakfast.” So here we were, eight of us seated at one table, under a shady tree.
A quick glance around, and all we could see were mostly morning walkers who turned into morning talkers, the moment they took a break here, before starting their daily chaotic routine. All the tables full, people chuckling and giggling with their morning dose of intoxicating teas and coffees in their hands. while there were a few who were eagerly waiting for their turn to come.A place bustling with people wearing their yoga uniforms, track pants, cyclists and few like us.
We were waiting for someone to take our order as we finally saw one waiter emerge like Superman, with a tray in his hand to serve to the table next to ours. One of us could manage to make an eye contact with him and grabbed to opportunity to say “Bhaiya ji please humaara bhi order le lijiye na.”
With A beautiful happy smile and a Tamil-mixed-with-Marathi accent “ji madam abhi aaya”, our Superman again vanished into thin air as we all waited to see him again.
He kept zooming past us .One peculiar thing we all could not help observing, was that the smile on his face seemed to never leave him despite all odds. One us even had to joke that probably he applies quick fix on his cheeks before coming for work to make it permanent for the rest of the day. The other joked that maybe he is inspired by Boman Irani’s role in Munna Bhai MBBS, and smiles when he is inwardly angry and agitated. It seemed next to impossible to see someone beaming like this amidst environment. He was delivering the food that people ordered, but kept one thing intact with him and that was his SMILE.
We finished our yummy South Indian food and all through our breakfast we kept talking about his smile, courtesy and also his calm and composed nature.As we were about to leave, the eldest member of our family took the opportunity to quickly give him a word of praise before we left.
“Bhaiyaji thank you so much aapne itna accha breakfast karaaya, … aap humesha smile karte rehte ho” . All we expected was again an ear to ear grin from him. But we did not know there was more to that. He did smile, but grabbed an elbow, took him a little aside and whispered ,”saheb mujhe 12 Saal se cancer hai aur maine 22 chemos le liye hain. Zindagi yun hi nikal jaayegi. Hanste rahiye … muskuraate rahiye … life ko enjoy kariye.” There we were all standing dumbfounded and flabbergasted with his attitude.
With a happy and touched heart we clicked his picture as a keepsake . Before entering the restaurant, hardly did we know that apart from a sumptuous breakfast that this place had to offer, we would be served a lesson for life…
About Kajal Lunkad
Kreative Kajal splashes her creativity in designing, jewellery, painting, punning and writing poetry. She loves to play with words and colours. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge makes her travel read and explore life at every opportunity
My Story: Living A Beautiful Life Through Attitude – Geetha Balsara