Today I went to watch Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The movie was delightful, despite my five-year-old daughter whispering the events (right before they appeared on screen) into my ear as she was watching the film for the second time.
When we were driving back home after the film, I felt in my pocket and was shocked to find that my wallet wasn't there. I pulled the car to the kerb and searched frantically all over the car. My wallet not only housed my bank debit cards, but also my drivers license and pan card. Alarmed, I rushed back to the cinema hall.
After haphazardly parking in the compound, I pulled my daughter up the staircase and retraced our steps. I rushed back into the cinema hall, where the next show of the movie had already begun. I told the usher of my predicament who wasted no time in training his flashlight on my seat and around the area. All eyes were glued to the Salman Khan blockbuster, yet people (who got wind of my ordeal) joined in my search. As expected, the wallet was nowhere to be found. I presumed that someone had picked it up.
Once I reached home, I got a call. It was the theatre usher, Sanju. He informed me that after we left, he checked all the rows and happened to find my wallet a few rows down. I must have accidentally dropped it while walking down the aisle.
I rushed back to the cinema hall, raced up the three stories and found Sanju. He handed me the wallet. Everything in it was intact. There was a little over Rs. 2000 in the wallet and it was all there. Sanju appeared to be from an impoverished background. He could have easily taken the cash and told me that's how he had found it (that's how lost wallets are usually returned). Yes, he had opened my wallet, but only to look for a visiting or ID card which would have my contact details. I was so touched that I took all the cash out and forced it into his pocket.
The cash wasn't a small amount. But honesty must be rewarded in the most gratifying way possible. That would only encourage a person to stay honest. My tip/reward was probably twenty times more than what anyone would have normally given. So I believe that my amount makes up for the next twenty times Sanju does the same thing for any other lost items.
This incident reinstates my faith in people. Where there's goodness in people, there's hope for the country. If we all could do the right thing for others whenever the opportunity presents itself, our country could never go wrong.