Mumbai. Marine drive, 1 A.M.
They say it’s a city that never sleeps, and they aren’t wrong apparently. Yet there was something unusual about what George just saw.
“Is that man trying to commit suicide?” He asked himself and went towards him, thinking he could do something about it.
“Hey” George shouted… “Yes, you… what are you doing?”
“Nothing” that’s what the man said… but he was visibly scared like someone caught him in the act. He was pretty sure George was a policeman.
George went closer to the guy… “Well your nothing looks like suicide to me sir.”
“No. I swear. I was just trying to look into the sea.” His voice started shaking.
A smile came to George’s face, his voice softened, “You can tell me what’s wrong. Trust me, I can help you”.
There was something about George that opened up that man… The expressionless face now started showing some emotions… “You are right. I was trying to kill myself. I came to this city 3 months back to become something and now I am a nobody. I have lost everything I had and I don’t see any way out.”
For a moment George didn’t know how to react. “I don’t know about you, young man, but I have seen similar situations back in the day. One thing I know about life is that you aren’t solving any problems by ending it, you are just choosing to ignore them for eternity, thereby proving yourself a loser for a lifetime. What can I call you by the way?”
The guy just looked at George like he wanted him to go on. “Sameer” he said.
“Look Sameer, if I begin telling how many flaws are there in this self – destructing plan of yours, we’ll probably need all night. I mean, who thinks of killing himself on the freaking Marine Drive! But that’s not what I’ll do… I’ll just say that no matter what your problem is, you can always solve it with a peaceful mind. Killing yourself won’t take you anywhere”
“I guess you’re right. What was I thinking! What would my parents do without me! I am so sorry” Sameer looked scared.
“So I believe you’ll be going back home and start a new life where you don’t kill yourself later?” George still had a smile.
“I believe so too. Thanks. You were of a great help to me.” Sameer smiled back.
George looked at him as he walked… towards his home maybe… George’s mind imbibed a feeling of satisfaction. After all he had saved two lives today. Sameer wasn’t the only one who wanted to kill himself tonight.
It was only after looking at Sameer that George realised how naive his own plan was.