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Neil as a Divine Blessing

Updated on December 15, 2016

Salutary Presence of a Small Boy


When my mother http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/PORTRAIT-OF-AMOTHER

died rather untimely we were left in the lurch, for there was no female member in the family comprising three brothers to do the household chores. After much persuasion we could engage a boy to help us somehow manage the situation while doing his own studies.


He was Neil who came from a poor family. He had an innocent look and attractive features and was in his early teens. When he first came I was skeptical since I had feared induction of such an unknown boy might cause more harm than bring benefits. But my elder brother who alone had already been in a good job would prefer to give him a chance since he had found in him a ray of hope, which could be groomed to our mutual advantage.

Our initial fears were belied gradually as Neil slipped into our daily routine much to our relief and astonishment. He was initiated into the kitchen with a good measure of assistance. His day would start very early in the morning preparing tea and keeping the cups by our bedside. "Dadas, wake up. Bring me some vegetables and fish from the market” was his usual address every morning. That would signal preparation for another of our day’s routine. After he had picked up cooking with much gusto we gradually found him making breakfast ready on time, which we would savor eagerly. Lunch and dinner menu were, however, kept simple to enable him to study properly.

We got him admitted to a local school for the dual purpose of educating him as also to provide him with some company as our house had to be locked at that time. He would return home from school in the afternoon and stay in the neighboring houses till such time we returned. "You do not know how much impatient he becomes when you are late in coming home”-neighbors would tell us frequently indicating how much he loved and cared for us.

He was spared some time in the evening to prepare his school lessons. He picked up a lot from us and gradually became quite good in vernacular, Arithmetic, and even acquired a smattering of English. He would often draw our attention to English newspaper articles pointing to his favorite topics. His joy would be more pronounced with his typical East Bengal (now Bangladesh) dialect which we enjoyed heartily. We had kept with him a tiny writing pad to prepare memo slips which he used without mistakes. On Sundays and holidays he would definitely take us to playgrounds for playing cricket or football. We used to buy him picture and story books regularly.


In keeping with his culinary talents he later proved to be quite at ease in other household chores as well. He began to keep our house tidy. ”You need not marry. Your house is so neatly maintained that even your wives will fail to match” we heard off and on from our relations and neighbors. Once a neighbor tried to lure away Neil by offering substantial tips which he declined much to our relief.

As the worst time of our bereavement was gradually over one day suddenly his mother appeared to take her son back. The news of his father's death had already reached us and she decided not to part with him now much changed with education and discipline we could instill during his stay for four long formative years. Besides bearing his expenses we used to pay him his wages separately by credit to his account opened with a Bank. With time the figure swelled to a considerable amount for a family he came from. She took the money with her.

As Neil disappeared from our family his absence became conspicuous as life was found not to be the same again. But then the marriage of my elder brother had already been settled and with the arrival of the long awaited benign feminine face in the family the gloom and untidiness of the so called Bachelor’s den faded away. Neil also began to slowly pale from our memory and we became more and more engaged in family lives.

After that a decade passed by and a few years back while on a visit to a Government office in another state on deputation as I was pacing up and down the corridor since the concerned person was not available a middle aged man came by my side, touched my feet in respect and said “don’t you remember me? How are my other brothers?” I was totally taken aback by long lost Neil's surprising presence.

I gathered from him that he had secured a job there becoming the first in his family to be educated and blessed with a government service. He was full of praise for us for giving him the opportunity to be established in life. Needless to say that I had my much needed job done through him shortly.

As Neil was talking about his indebtedness to us I wondered how much did we owe to him which he could not perhaps realize as he was serving us during our distress by his pleasant company which we still consider as a divine blessing.




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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Jacob- Nice of you to stop by and I greatly appreciate your comments. Thank you very much.

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      jacob 3 years ago

      hi Arun sir this is such a very heart touching story. people love this story and appreciating your kind work.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      I am interested to disseminate the interesting aspects of my country and reach out to every part of the globe. Such type of relationship as depicted in the story is perhaps possible only in this country! How I wished you went through my other stories as well to have a glimpse of West Bengal! Wish you all the best and a happy literary journey as well.

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      tanveerbadyari 4 years ago

      God bless ramu, he deserved that govt job as he has worked hard and studied. What a surprise you would have got when you have seen ramu after so many years.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Cris Sp - It is my rare pleasure to find you visiting my hub and making such wise comments. As you know my mother tongue is not English but I have a penchant for expressing my feelings in the language I like so much for its richness. Your appreciation will only give me the needed impetus to go ahead for I have life long experience to share with you. Thanks and wish you all the best.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a beautiful story! What goes around comes around...you have done good towards Ramu and God has a way of paying it back in the most unexpected time and place.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Very inspiring. Up and sharing.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Life Iz Beautiful-thanks for reading the hub and commenting so nicely. By such association we all reaped the benefits. It was actually not a page and master relationship and we were always aware of the fact that the boy was helping us in our distress.

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      Hello,

      The name Ramu is so common when we think of a house help. Even in hindi films it is either Ramu chacha or Ramu kaka. Even in the movies the character of Ramu chacha/kaka are always painted endearingly. When I read your title I was reminded of old films. This out of the box thought had came into my mind by a mere name. The point is you not only put forward a simple emotive piece of your life but to me you also brought back the old filmy eras of Indian cinema.

      House helps are people who we often take for granted and many a times treat badly too. Glad to know you were/are not among the former said people. It was indeed very thoughtful by your brothers and you to let him continue his education, which eventually led him to a better life.

      Thanks for sharing and being an example for others in showing how to treat their house help with respect and love.

      Have a great day.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Prasenjit Sarkar - It's my pleasure to see you visiting my hubs and making

      wise comments. I have come across persons of different caste,creed,religion and nationality having left an indelible impression on me by their love for humanity and character. Though I have not much proficiency in writing that too in a foreign language I have tried to portray them as far as possible and reach out to the viewers of all parts of the globe.Thanks and wish you all the best.

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      Prasenjit Sarkar 4 years ago

      Great experience uncle. In most of the cases we forget those people who had a great influence or impact in our life. Thank you for sharing RAMU with us uncle. It stops me for a while and think about all those person whom I left behind having unforgettable impact in my life.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @mpropp-Its my rare pleasure to see you visiting my hub and commenting. I thank you very much for your kind words.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Askme--nice of you to stop by. I thank you for your kind words,

      Greatly appreciate your comments! Many Many Thanks

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting and touching story. The culture is so very different than what I know of, it is hard to imagine! Obviously, both your family and Ramu were equally blessed to have each other. Thank you for sharing!

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      Pritchard 4 years ago

      Wonderful uplifting Story Arun. Love reading these kinds of stories, it provides a glimpse into lives being lived so different from mine. Ramu was a blessing. Amazed at how he knew to care for you and your brothers. Where did he learn his skills? Highly doubtful that in my country most American boys would know these things. I liked the ending. Ramu was educated and came to have a position with the government. Quite a feat to accomplish! Voted up and interesting.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @midget 38- It's my pleasure to see you visiting my hub and making wise comments. Thanks

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ramu was a blessing! I am glad he came into your life! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      DDE- Its my rare pleasure to see you visiting my hub and commenting. I thank you for your kind words.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting Hub and a very much of heartfelt story to keep your reader's eye.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Shyan Kashyap - Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

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      SHYAM KASHYAP 4 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Thanks.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Shivaji Biswas-nice of you to stop in!

      I thank you for your kind words, sir.

      Greatly appreciate your comments! Many Thanks!

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      shivaji Biswas 4 years ago

      sri Arun Kanti and his brothers found luckily a person like Ramu ,who came to their family as" Angel".as the time passed illeterate -RAMU become literate and finallybecome so educated that he started contributing to society,the central message is the " social responsibility" -everybody should be inclined towards this for upliftment of poor.-excellent article

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Rajan Jolly

      It's a great pleasure to see you again!

      Thanks for reading my hubs and commenting. I always look forward to your wise comments! Many Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and touching story Arun. Thanks for sharing. Voted beautiful.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Bishalrokz-Greatly appreciate your comments. Many Thanks.ARUN KANTI

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      Bishal Ghosh 4 years ago

      great hub, nice story uncle.. :)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Dr. Dutta thanks for your wise comments. Happy puja.

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      Dr. D Datta 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the nice article on Divine Blessing which comes to lives of many people but get lost unnoticed !

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