The hot roti

 
Contributed by : Yesha Desai   
The hot roti

This is a story of beggar and roti.

Moral(s) of the story: benevolence and kindness

A woman made roti and sabzi for her family everyday. One day she saw a man outside her kitchen window. He looked poor and hungry. So she gave him a few freshly made, hot roti and sabzi.

After that, he started coming to her house, asking for food everyday.

Soon, the woman grew irritated because she felt like he was leeching off of her. One day she decided to refuse to give him any food. She decided to send him away but when he appeared, she changed her mind. How could she send away a person in need when she could help him.

Immediately, she gave him food as she did everyday and he smiled and went away. After some days, the man came to her twice a day and despite her irritation, she kept her mouth shut and gave him warm roti every time. After all, she was a good woman who had resources to help the man, so she knew that it was only morally correct to do so.

This went on for many months and then the man suddenly stopped coming. At first she felt a little relief but after some time, she was a little worried for him. One day when she was out in the village, she asked some people if they had seen the man but she received little response.

That was when a poor little girl came up to her and told her that she knew the man she was looking for. The woman frowned, “How do you know that man?”

The little girl said, “He went to many houses in the village everyday to collect food for children like me so we would never go hungry.”

The woman was shocked. So, that man was not just a lazy person who conveniently begged for food rather than working. “What happened to him? I have not seen him in quite some time.” She asked.

At that the little girl smiled sadly, “ He had been sick for a while before his death but he always put others before his own convenience.”


Moral:

Help the ones in need. You never know how far your help reaches.




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