Smile is the
Harsh words were falling on his ears from all sides. His
classmates adopted all the techniques to ridicule him.
They were throwing paper balls, chalk pieces on him but
he did not respond. In fact, he could not. The small,
thin boy was a new entrant and had nothing special about
appearance. His ordinary clothes, tattered bag and
unpolished pair of shoes narrated his family’s financial
state of affairs. His strong and affluent classmates got
an opportunity to make fun of him. It was a daily
affair. The boy wanted to run away but could not as his
peasant farmer was under huge debts and he was his only
But one day the classmates crossed all the boundaries.
The boy felt like shouting loudly and chase them away.
His eyes got filled with tears. An outburst seemed
imminent. But the boy gathered his emotions, closed his
eyes and remembered Him. What to do in such a situation?
he mumbled. Suddenly, he opened his eyes and looked
everywhere. And he started smiling, looking at each and
every fellow. The perturbed classmates wanted to see him
weeping and pleading. On the contrary, the boy was
smiling. They tried to tease him through various ways
and means but all in vain.
After a few days, they all lost interest in ridiculing
the boy. They wanted to hear him cry for their
entertainment but nothing happened. Some classmates
approached him and enquired for such a reaction. He
smiled and said, “The other day when I closed my eyes
and asked the Almighty how to handle such an adverse
situation, He smiled at me and told me to just smile and
everything will be fine, and that retaliation was the
easiest thing to do. When I first smiled at you, I
realised that I am feeling elated not only on my
tolerance level but on your pitiful condition. You were
simply wasting your energy and precious time in such a
non-constructive activity.” The classmates were baffled
and could not utter a word. The boy went off smiling as