The Short Film was based on Ghandi’s life.
The story of the movie clip revolves around two little boys who acted so selflessly and generously, that in their innocence, they taught a valuable lesson to everyone who watched. The main characters of this story are; a poor little boy dressed in ragged clothes and another boy who seemed to belong from a well-off family. The story began as the poor little boy, scruffy in appearance, was trying to mend his ripped shoe when suddenly his eyes focused on shiny black shoes worn by a boy similar to his age. The unfortunate boy began to dream if he could ever wear such shiny beautiful shoes.
The next scene was so inspiring; the poor boy was sitting on the ground around the railway track, while his counterpart was sitting with his father, waiting for the arrival of the train. As the train arrived, the boy along with his father rushed towards the train. While boarding the train, one of his shoes slipped off and fell on the ground. The poor boy saw the shoe lying; he remembered that he had seen them before. The train started moving, he saw the boy looking at his shoe from the passenger train door. The poor boy picked up the shoe and started running after the train in an attempt to give the shoe back. He ran desperately after the train but was unable to catch up with it. In vain, he threw the shoe as far as he could, hoping that the boy standing on the door could catch it. But the train moved faster and the shoe fell down on the track.
To our amazement, the boy inside the train began to smile, took off his other pair and threw it on the platform where the poor boy was standing. The clip ended with the two boys smiling and waving at each other.
Look at the vision conveyed in that movie clip! Such a great act of compassion and generosity exhibited by both the children.
The poor boy although yearning for those pair of shoes, threw it towards the boy standing inside the train and what a superb act by that child who smiled and took off the other pair and threw it towards the track.
These emotional scenes left me with tears in my eyes.
I was left thinking how would we have reacted if we faced a similar situation. Our whole journey would be affected by the ‘loss’ of the shoe. We would be upset and eager to buy another pair soon. Would we even have thought of throwing the one shoe we had for someone else?
As I watched this stirring video clip, I remembered the story of Gandhi I read sometime back and on whom this movie clip is based. I would like to share an excerpt with the readers.
Just as Gandhi board the train, one of his shoes slipped off and got caught on the track. He tried to pull it but could not. People standing near watched him. When he was unable to pull the shoe from the track, he took off the other shoe as well and threw it on the track right at the spot where the first one was stuck.
The astonished passengers asked, “Why are you throwing the other shoe onto the track?” Gandhi replied, “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.”
These inspirational acts make me wonder why we don’t think of celebrating small acts of happiness. When you give unconditionally, it comes back unconditionally. This is only possible if we show non- attachment to material things such as our wealth and possessions.
As Buddha says,
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
This video teaches us so many things about life and the world we live in. If you have the passion to improve lives around you, If you desire to make an ever- lasting impact, light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
Lady Diana said, ‘Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.’
Enjoy A sweet few minutes of joy here!