she was throwing pebbles in the lake, i saw her while i walked over the hill. she was still there when i returned after about two hours. I was so tempted to go talk to her and find out if she was all alone. how was she going home? where are her parents?… i was almost about to take the next step when i stopped myself. I carefully took my camera out and took a picture!
i got up at early, much before Leela would have got tea and the harsh sun rays would come rushing through the windows and stare right back at me…
i decided to go and take some early shots by the village. Just as i was about turn towards the temple… i saw her again.. she was lighting a lamp… blowing lightly at it and smiling as the flame danced in the air…..her eyes twinkled as her naughty fingers tried to play hide and seek with the flame.. i was bout to scream when i saw her do that.. once again i stopped myself.. captured this enlightining moment and went ahead..
she dint leave my thoughts she about 5 or 6… her eyes gleamed with curiosity, she was a ball of energy and she jumped through the pebbles and swam in the cold waters…
I found her collecting small sticks and making patterns of sorts with leaves. this was it.. she compelled me to know more about her. i walked up to her and said.. “would you like to go to school?”
she looked at me and said: “go?” “Go where?”.. “baba used to say school is where you learn something.. and i learn from everything around me… ” she smiled and continued her pattern….
That’s Shea, my daughter. she is twelve today. I always wanted to adopt a baby girl. Shea’s adopted me!
She is a tribal child who is brighter than the kids in the city and possess an extraordinary sense of visualization is physically fit to climb trees and can calculate almost any math problem in her mind.
There are several such children in the tribal areas who need to be educated and groomed inorder to match their skills like any other children in the cities. They are a bunch who can manage everything from the morning breakfast to washing clothes and cutting firewood for cooking. Special schools are being set up to nurture these brains in the wilderness where they belong.
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