She saw him across the street—old, and strangely, dressed in a neat, white shirt for someone who was begging! Most people shooed him away, some rather rudely. As she looked in his direction, he walked up to her. He looked worried. “Could you please lend me 100 rupees? There’s an emergency in my family. I promise to return it in a few days. Here’s my phone number,” he said hesitatingly. Of course, she didn’t believe him. But then, something about him made her pull out a 100-rupee note from her wallet. She handed him the money, he thanked her profusely, and hurried away.
She felt good helping someone in need. But a few blocks down the road, something caught her attention—it was the same old man sitting at an expensive restaurant with a woman about his age. They looked like a couple in love. For a minute, she couldn’t believe what she saw. She cursed herself for having allowed a random stranger to take advantage of her considerate nature.
However, it wasn’t too late. She wanted to catch the man and teach him a lesson. Fuming, she walked into the restaurant and sat in a corner to observe the two from afar. Just then, he saw her. He looked shocked and guilty. As she was about to get up to confront him, he walked toward her.
“I beg of you, please calm down. My wife sitting there shouldn’t know any of this,” he spoke in a hushed tone, as he sat down in front of her. “It might seem like I lied to you but I didn’t have another option. Please allow me to explain,” the old man said in desperation. Though enraged, she decided to give him a hearing.