Right or Wrong? – Tiny Tale by Surbhi Agarwal

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A few days back, to be exact, last Wednesday, I went to the temple. Lord Ganesha Temple.

Temple I went to is the majestic one with many shops in the outside area. As you enter the inside of the temple, you will find a walkway of 40-50 steps with a railing/barrier that divides the walkway into two. The railing doesn’t start from the entrance of the walkway but in the middle. Therefore, you must either stride to where the railing begins or leap over the railing if you want to go to the other side of the walkway.

At the end of the walkway, starts the stairs; not many, just seven-eight steps. People remove their shoes before stepping on the stairs, as in Indian culture, one must take off their shoes or sandals before entering a temple. Stepping up the steps, you are led to the main hall of the temple, where prayers are being offered, with the magnificent Lord Ganesha sculpture in the centre.

After doing my prayer, I felt like staying there for a while, so I did. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in god or not. There is something in temples that gives you a feeling of peace; peace in noise.
I sat on the corner of one of the stairs so that I wouldn’t be in the way of other people. It was a wide staircase, and the railing divided it into two.

Suddenly, the family of four, a man, a woman and two children came and sat behind me; they took a few photos before getting up and leaving. The lady told one of the children to bring their shoes and sandals back to this side; they must have entered through the other side of the walkway.
When the boy was about to walk away at the end of the railing to go to the other side, the lady shouted, “Are you mad! Where are you going? Can’t you jump over the railing?”
I thought, ‘Yes! That’s right. Why walk unnecessarily when you can just jump. The height of the railing is not that high anyway. it’s not risky.’

After a few moments, another family came, the same thing happened but this time; when the kid was about to jump over the railing, the lady shouted, “Are you mad! Why are you going over the railing? Can’t you see the end of the railing over there?”
This time I thought, ‘Yes, that’s right too. Why jump when the end of the railing is just 10-15 steps away?’

And it made me wonder if both are right, then what and who is wrong? And if one is wrong, then why is it wrong!?

Maybe sometimes in life, nothing or no one is wrong. It’s just that what is right for you might not be right for another person, and when you examine the situation from the third perspective, you can see that everything and everyone is right in their place at any given moment.

P.S. – Remember I’m not talking about illegal activities here. If you know what I mean.

© Random_hearttalks (Surbhi)

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Surbhi Agarwal

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Writing and making Podcast under the pen name 'Random_hearttalks'

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