October 10, 2016
I was sitting in a coffee shop busy completing my article.When suddenly my entire concentration was shifted to a person shouting rather howling at a girl who was sitting there with someone special I suppose.Initially,i thought its their personal matter and why should I interfere.But,soon the man in order to prove his point dragged me into the conversation because supposedly I looked the most mature to him.The man wanted his daughter to go back home and study and not waste her time as her boards were knocking at the door.While the girl's point was that she was bored studying so to refresh herself,she made a plan to hangout with that special person.Slowly,the matter began to take the look of a hot debate topic of generation gap.As we all know,this topic can never reach a conclusion.Hence,I decided to act as a pacifier.
But before I could calm down the girl,she legit walked off from there banging the door.The man now sat there with tears rolling down his eyes.I offered him water and asked him not to so harsh on his daughter. He said something which touched my heart.He said "I don't want my doll to face the same difficulties in life which I faced.Here ,I tried to explain him that drinking a cup of coffee won't make much of a difference to your daughter's studies.
To which he replied its not about the studies,its about the way you handle life.See I am here because I made an effort and turned the whole picture upside down .I gave him a confused look.He said" what do you think I do professionally?" I hesitantly said probably you work for an IT firm(as its the most common profession nowadays ).His reply was "no,I was a chaiwala by birth and now I am the owner of this coffee house chain in which you are sitting.I was literally frozen for a second as I realised I was talking to one of the most successful entrepreneurs of this country.He said "I was not Ritchie rich who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth .I am a simple man born and brought up in a modest family background".I pulled a chair from side and sat down.
Now he started his story, he began by saying my childhood was spent in a very shabby condition. My whole childhood was spent in attending school and then coming back I just delivered tea to all the nearby shops.So it was by default or destiny to become a chaiwala,I knew this but I never accepted it.One day we had a surprise maths test and I failed. Failing is just a part of our life so I was pretty normal but then that day the teacher said something that How can the son of a chaiwala afford to solve these eccentric mathematical equations,you are just meant to make and serve tea.This thing poked in my brain,revolved continuously in my head till I reached here.Gradually,I expanded my business from street side chai shop to a chain of coffee shops.This is how I reached and i want my daughter to go beyond this and take it to the next level.
With a smiling face he went to the door and said"SOMETIMES IN ORDER TO TAKE A LEAP YOU NEED SOMEONE TO PULL YOUR LEG SO THAT YOU GET THE REQUIRED THRUSH TO LAUNCH YOURSELF AND REACH BEYOND INFINITY"