“Today, baba let me drive the boat”

When asked to pose with his cycle of a single tire, he ran off to call his friends.

“What are you playing”, I asked. There was no answer, just giggles.
“Did you learn to play these games in school?” I enquired.
“We don’t go to school. We help our fathers on the boat.”
“What way do you help your father in?” I quizzed.

Children Shrivardhan, Maharashtra

“I get the diesel for the boat whenever he asks me to”, said one.
“Oh! You know, today baba even let me drive the boat”, said another to his friends; grinning and earning the admiration of others. The smiles on their faces erased my own smile.

They posed yet another question, one of their futures.


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