Ronu and the Chai shop #Vote4Children

It was summer time.

Ronu, studying in a primary school class, was filling an old cotton bag with his school books to be given to the old paper mart.
His father was lying on the couch, with drying stains on his t-shirt of the mango enjoyed minutes earlier, watching a cricket match. Mother was coaxing him to go and vote.  To which he replied, “What difference will a single vote make?” and carried on his business.

Ronu couldn't understand why she was making a fuss. All his attention was set on thinking about the pocket money he would earn from the old books.

On his way to the shop he saw an overlooked sight: a boy his age serving tea, cleaning tables and the floor. He felt some strange churning within.
After a brief pause he signalled the boy to come out through rear door of the shop.
Ronu kept the books in his young calloused hands. Their eyes met.
The boy went to work with unusual enthusiasm.

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