By |2020-05-24T13:45:25+00:00February 12th, 2020|Inspiring Story, People|

“Akka, give me ten rupees” Came the voice of Sundari at the signal stop. Mili was jolted out of her reverie and looked at this person who invariably met her at least twice a day at this signal. Sundari had oiled and combed her hair in a bun, the jasmine flowers added a heady fragrance which was intermingled with the smell of ‘Medimix’ soap. She had a sandal wood tikha on her forehead and vermilion was smeared between her brows. The saree was neatly draped and she continued to clap her hands in the ubiquitous manner of the third gender. Mili was a thirty four year old who was at the cross roads of her life which cried out futility of her techie job and at the same time was battling the never ending financial crunch faced by those who flaunted their inane lives in the huge metropolis and the IT capital of the world.

She looked sheepishly at Sundari and just at the nick of time when the signal turned orange and green she said “Sorry, I forgot to keep it outside today. I’ll give it in the evening.” She put the car to the first gear and started crawling, Sundari was vanishing in the rear view mirror when she said something that struck Mili. “Akka give me something that you always give, your resplendent smile.” Mili was astonished and couldn’t help smiling in the mirror and waved to Sundari. Mili smiled the entire day at work as her mind kept returning to that quick witted retort of Sundari, it was as if she had seized the day. She decided to meet Sundari in the evening.

Mili stopped her car in the evening and waited for Sundari, she requested her to accompany her for a cup of coffee. As the aroma of coffee wafted through the air she asked “I’d love to know more about you Sundari”. “Akka I come from a very remote village near KanyaKumari, I was the cursed one hence I was abandoned at birth, I grew up with other transgenders like me and begging became my natural profession till I grew up. I was quite attractive in my hey days and attracted many customers. The village folk were sympathetic towards us and I never had to worry about food and shelter. As a child I saw the other children go to school and wondered why I shouldn’t until my adopted Mother told me that I was different” She said that ” We are a part of the society and yet apart, all of them saw us yet no one recognized us, we were like that bubble on water.” I learnt the survival tactics very well and very soon. “I never once pined for the lives that you people led, in fact never aspired for it. I see you from a distance everyday and wonder what troubles must be plaguing you – An educated, rich and working lady! That’s why Akka, I told you to smile today.” “From my perspective of life we are puppets! But we can choose to see the brighter side!:

Mili bid goodbye and marveled at the fact that Sundari had not told her a tale of woe but an awe inspiring one. How the most miserable and marginalized chose everyday simple happiness over the greatest worries. Mili went home wiser and happier.

Usha Srikanth




About the Author:

Love to travel ,meet new people and hear new stories. An English Teacher by profession at Presidency College, Bangalore.


  1. usha Srikanth March 3, 2020 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Hi all of you please do read my story and comment. Thank You

  2. usha Srikanth March 6, 2020 at 3:58 am - Reply There is a section of the society who exist yet unseen, whom we hear everyday yet unheard. They are a part of the society yet live apart. This is a small anecdote (Real Life) which portrays how life’s best moments can be captured anywhere! Please do read and comment

  3. Nikita March 6, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Nice story!

  4. meera ruxana March 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful flow of words, thoughts and feelings

  5. Priya Manikandan March 12, 2020 at 3:12 am - Reply

    It’s a simple and powerful narrative….loved it

  6. Kala Mythili Thiyagarajan March 12, 2020 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Very true Usha. This doesn’t sound like a story at all as we come across many of them like Sundari in our daily lives, but as u said go unheard. Very touching one😊. Wish you all the very best 👍.

  7. Chaya D March 18, 2020 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Very nice

  8. usha Srikanth March 19, 2020 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I Thank all of you for encouraging me!

  9. Shubha Kai March 21, 2020 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Beautifully Written… Loved It💓. Proud Of You🤗


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