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Friday, May 12, 2006

Wonderful Human being

We come across atleast one new person every day. And about hundred thousand people in ones lifetime but the people who touch our heart in a special way are very few, may be a hundred or maximum a thousand. These people are generally family members, relatives and friends, but sometimes they are strangers whom we luckily happened to meet.
One such person whom i happened to know for quite some time is the bus driver of the campus bus at my university. His name is Lala, he is an african american, 73 years age who just enjoys talking to people, sharing his thoughts and having a good laugh.
I still remember the first time i met Lala, i used to take the shuttle to my work place, it is about 10 mins ride and generally after a short hi hello 's with the driver and talk about the weather the discussion ended. It was the time after spending a year in the US i was going back to my home country. After a short hi hello's with lala I was enjoying the view from the bus when he asked me how long i have been in the country, what i was doing, i told him i was going back to meet my family in a month's time. To my amazement Lala asked did i have any problems in the short stay in the US, did I in any way got racially discriminated or had any adjustments problems in this country. If so he wanted to appologize for the behavior of such fools. Now that is such a beautiful thing to say.It really struck me and since then had a soft corner for this man.
After this whenever we met he used to talk about his time in the army, how he used to work in the postal department and his laughter was always there. It is so contaigious that it automatically brings a smile to the other person's face however bad his/her day has been. Being the postal service he used to walk about 10 miles every day, even now he walks about 2 miles everyday and during his walks he just waves and smiles to all the pedistrians and car drivers. He simply enjoyed smiling at people, talking to them , with his childlike curiosity always intact.
Today while riding on the shuttle with Lala, he was asking me about using internet more efficently other than writing emails. I wondered wow at such an age this man is so keen on learning new tools which scares people half his age to learn.
The best thing about Lala is always evolving himself, and as he put in his words, if we stop evolving we are as good as dead since aging process never stops.
After many interesting discussions with him I told him, that when i grow 70 yrs old i want to be like him , always smiling and laughing and to have a fit body with a pleasant mind .

6 Comments:

  • Very well written entry. Yeah, it is very true that physical aging is mandatory, mental aging is often optional. People who look to learn, create new possibilities for themselves, while others die (in the most meaningful sense) mentally way before their physical death.

    By Blogger Aditya, at 9:45 AM, May 15, 2006  

  • Rohit,

    Gud One!!
    Mr. Evans also talks about having his own radio talk show someday!

    By Anonymous Veera, at 5:50 PM, May 24, 2006  

  • Very nice one Ro.
    I really admired your appreciation to Lala!

    By Anonymous Aditya Ayre, at 1:16 AM, May 25, 2006  

  • Yep...

    Lala is a great guy!!

    cheers,

    bijay

    By Anonymous bijay, at 11:11 AM, June 09, 2006  

  • I really hope i too age the way Mr.Lala is doing so gracefully. i also like the way u appeciated him in your way ! cheers Rohit

    By Anonymous yashu, at 8:52 AM, June 10, 2006  

  • Very pretty design! Keep up the good work. Thanks.
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 AM, July 22, 2006  

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