During my school days at Tuticorin, while I was in the seventh standard, my school took me on an excursion to Courtalam, a hill resort famous for waterfalls. The school charged only Rs. 5/- from each student for the excursion. My father gave me Rs. 2/- to meet my expenses and also to fetch some red banana from Courtalam. We get varieties of fruits there.
We started our journey by an ordinary passenger train at 1300 hrs. During the journey, one of our teachers Mr. Sahayam taught an English song " We shall overcome, We shall overcome, We shall overcome... someday…O' Deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall overcome someday" and asked us to sing with him. That was the first English song I learned in my life. We reached Courtalam at 1800 hrs. It was about 100 kms journey.
On reaching Tenkasi, the nearby railway station to courtalam, we alighted and walked three Kms to Courtralam. As it was dusk hours, we were not permitted to move anywhere. We had our tiffin ( Four idlies, each idly costing 5 paise only) and slept in a school dormitory provided for us.
The next day, we got up and were taken to the waterfalls for a bath and returned to the dormitory for breakfast. After breakfast, we were asked to go around the town freely to make purchases. Before leaving the dormitory, when I checked my shoulder bag for my Rs. 2/- to buy fruits for my dad, I found the cash missing. Someone had stolen it while I was sleeping. What to do? I had nothing with me to buy anything. I never wanted to beg my friends for some cash. I did not tell anyone about the loss of cash.
In the afternoon, after the lunch (Meal cost only 60 paise), we boarded the train and returned to Tuticorin and reached home safely. When My dad asked for the fruits, I narrated my cash loss. He said, "Don't worry. It happens."
An unforgettable day in my life.
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