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Have you ever lost a shoe and gone looking for it? Not Kiran Bedi. Not Gandhiji.
How to Lose a Shoe
As the train arrived,
I ran to the nearest
I wriggled my way through the crowd
and found myself
a place to stand in.
I had to travel a lot in those days
as I played competitive tennis.
As the train began to pull out of the station,
I looked around and realized
that some of the women passengers
were staring aggressively at me.
All of a sudden, one of them sprang up from her seat
and whacked me with her umbrella.
That was like a signal for all the other women.
They all pressed around me
and began to beat me
with whatever they carried, shouting,
“These dirty boys will stop at nothing.”
In that chaos, I realised that they had mistaken me
for a boy who they thought
The reason for their assumption dawned upon me
I was dressed in slacks, a loose shirt and shoes.
My short haircut did not help me either.
I was pushed and dragged towards the door.
I kept shouting, “Please believe me,
I am a girl.”
But no one even bothered
to hear what I said.
I was brought
right to the edge of the door.
While clinging onto the door bars
one of my shoes slipped off my foot
and fell on the tracks.
I held on to the bars for dear life
while being pushed
and let my second shoe also fall.
I did this
so that whoever got my first shoe
would now find a pair.
Of course, I did manage
to hang on till the next station
and then let myself fall
on the platform.
I remember when I fell,
the hard concrete felt really comforting
Several months after this episode,
I read that
Gandhiji had also done something similar.
While travelling on a train,
one of his slippers had fallen off,
so he promptly threw down the other.
When he got off the train,
he walked smiling to greet his hosts,
oblivious of the fact
that he was barefoot.
When his friends noticed and asked
how he had lost both his slippers,
he narrated the incident and said,
“I am happy
someone will be able to use them.”
Story: Kiran Bedi
Story Adaptation: Ananya Parthibhan
Illustrations: M Kathiravan
Music: Acoustrics (Students of AR Rahaman)
Translation: Madhu B Joshi
Narration: Kiran Bedi
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