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Small Teacher, Big Teaching!

Teaching to smile
Smile to make smile!

One, who enjoys the journey, enjoys life! 

For a traveler, journeys are more interesting than the destination.  My recent trip to Tarkarli, Maharashtra gave me one such amazing journey with teachings for a lifetime!!

Train travels are always my favourite, but this trip taught me a new lesson; a lesson to be happy alwaysa lesson to smile without any reason, and a lesson to make others happy!! And this was taught to me by that little girl who unknowingly made all of us her admirers!!

Shanaya, a small, hardly 3 or 4 years old girl accompanied us halfway towards our destination but left a lifelong impression in our lives.

“Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends!” – Robert Bishop

Truly, her innocence adorned her! She not only attracted us but everyone around. She simply took us away from this world to a new world where only happiness existed!

Innocence at its best
Innocence at its best

All us friends were on our way to Tarkarli by train and Shanaya was the kid whom we offered our seat as her family did not have a reservation. Initially, she only looked out of the window and enjoyed the chocolate in her hand. Watching through the farms and super excited for water puddles, Shanaya started getting comfortable with us in some time. For every water body that passed, she yelled out, “Paani, paani!!”(“water, water!!”) And we all enjoyed her innocence. At every call of hers, we used to laugh out loud, and she used to get more encouraged.

Naughty girl!!
Naughty girl!!
Funfilled Shanaya
Funfilled Shanaya

Fair complexion, wearing a pink coloured, soft, furry sweater along with a cute pink coloured hair band, Shanaya was too adorable, and every one of us loved her cuteness and innocence. The way she got easily mingled with all of us made me think of how we grown-ups take some time to adjust in a new surrounding with new people!

She played a lot with each one of us and also taught us how difficult parenting is!! 😛 She smiled and laughed for no specific reason, teaching us how to be happy and spread happiness unnecessarily! Her giggles compelled us to laugh!! Her small eyes twinkled at each one of us as if she wanted to spread the positivity around. She played with each one of us without making any differences against anyone…..teaching us to be together and get rid of discrimination! A warm, effervescent personality, she taught me to be more like her.

Teaching to smile
Smile to make smile!

Her company was discontinued after her family got down early. The moment she left, we started missing all the fun!! Kids are always a great company to be in... But Shanaya was much more than just a good company for me; she was a person who gave me a new way to live!! Kids are always the best teachers.

Shanaya’s obsession for water can never be forgotten by any one of us, and this cute little doll will always be cherished in our memories!!! And her teachings… they will simply be put into practice!!

Sayli Karanjkar

Written by Sayli Karanjkar

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