Senior citizens often get a raw deal in this country. Precisely why random acts of kindness are the proverbial silver lining.
A couple of days ago, a Traffic Sub Inspector of Police Sanjeevi, attached to Abhiramapuram in Chennai, was in the middle of his breakfast at Sangeetha Restaurant. On seeing my 79 year old father A.V. Pinto and the family waiting for an empty table, he greeted him with a broad smile and folder hands. In a jiffy, he wolfed down his dosa, got up and offered us his table. “What about your coffee?” I quizzed him. “No problem, Sir. I’ll have it outside. You please sit.”
For a man whose work keeps him on his feet for pretty much the whole day, to sacrifice his table for an elderly person and his family, came across as a spontaneous reflection of selflessness. A bright green signal to this traffic cop.
(Sanjay Pinto is an Advocate practising at the Madras High Court Columnist, Author & Former Resident Editor – NDTV 24×7)