“I’m from Hampi, and came here 2 months ago for my school vacation, to work at my uncle’s shop so that I can repay the debt my parents owe him. I sit here from morning to evening, and have so many kinds of customers everyday -- college going kids, office going people, even old aunties and uncles. All I do is sit here, and fix or clean their shoes, but I’ve never had anybody who’s actually stopped to have a conversation with me. It’s like I’m invisible. Some people don’t even look me in the eye, some will just get their work done and walk away, and some even talk to me rudely for no reason. Even if I try to have a conversation, they’ll ignore me or ask me to focus on my work.
And I can’t help but think that if I was an educated person, sitting not here on the street, but in a shoe shop, would I still be treated like someone not worth talking to. I used to feel bad before, but I’ve come to terms with it for now. I pray everyday that I can repay this debt fast, so that I can go back to school, finish my education, get a good job, a good salary -- and most importantly, to not be invisible anymore. And I guess I have gotten the biggest sign that slowly all my wishes are coming true --you stopped to talk to me, today!”