Tuesday, January 04, 2005

On small acts of kindness

About 12 years ago, on a train from Delhi to Calcutta, a young Indian man cared for a sick Canadian traveler. He didn't have to, he may not of wanted to, but knew that it was the right thing to do. Upon arriving in Calcutta the young man loaded the sick tourist into a taxi and gave him his contact information in case the illness persisted. The traveler recovered and the two became friends. All because of one small act of kindness.

Twelve years later the Indian man, now a married father, immigrates to Canada. He knows no one except for the sick Canadian traveler with whom he has kept in touch. Though the Canadian traveler lives in a small, remote town, he has called some of his friends in the city. They rent a moving van, collect old furniture, pots and pans, bedding and help the Indian family set up their new apartment in a foreign land. With tears in his eyes the Indian man hugs these strangers, his new friends. All because of one small act of kindness 12 years earlier on a train heading eastwards.

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