Shyam and his two double-decker food boxes for schoolThis is a real-life unusual story of two 'double-decker' food boxes carried to school by Shyam(names of characters changed).
Shyam was studying in class seven in a school in the city of Mumbai. The school combined traditional values and modern facilities. The school was very particular in that children have sufficient food when coming to school. As the school started very early in the morning children had to bring two food boxes-one for morning snack and the other for lunch. In every parent's meeting, they used to stress this fact and asked mothers to ensure that their children get a sufficient quantity of nutritious food. They discouraged parents from giving their children easy items like some bites and junk food bought from shops. Shyam used to carry a good 'double-decker' box - the top compartment for snacks and bottom compartment for lunch. His mother gave foood prepared by her in variety everyday.
Teachers or High School class students were asked to watch and monitor students when eating snacks and lunch.They were seeing that one particular student Krishnaraj in Shyam's class was finishing his snacks or lunch very fast. So one day they just opened his snack box before he started and got startled. There were just two dry cold Rotis inside with a couple of raw onion pieces and two green chilies. He used to take one Roti, one chilly, and an onion piece each for morning snack and lunch. Krishnaraj was finding it difficult to contain tears and shame. On calling and enquiring further with his mother, it was revealed how poor they were and how struggling they were. Though there were compulsions to stop schooling for Krishnaraj, they were adamant to get him educated.
Shyam was witnessing these and he recounted the whole incident to his parents. He wanted to share his food with Krishnaraj. But his mother said no, she would give an extra box with the same food items forKrshnaraj. They consulted Krishnaraj's parents and obtained their concurrence and teacher's permission too.
So from that day, Shyam used to take two double-decker boxes to school- one for him and one for Krishnaraj. Both became very close friends. After a few months, Krishnaraj's father got a good job and slowly their financial status improved. From class nine Krishnaraj also started bringing his food box with sufficient food. But Shyam and Krishnaraj continue their closeness and shared food.
To make a long story short, both Shyam and Krishnaraj passed their tenth class exam with very good grades. This story thus ends with Krishnaraj gifting Shyam a special silvery lunch box filled with sweets and both enjoy the sweets and successful result.
The epilogue is that Shyam still treasures the lunch box gifted by Krishnaraj in his cupboard. This story was narrated by him to this author when asked him about the special box.
(Story contest entry)