Sakhi's Laghukatha


Posted on: December 1, 2008

My wife called, ‘How long will you be with that newspaper? Will you come here and make your darling daughter eat her food?


I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter, Sindu, looked frightened; tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with curd rice. Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age.


I cleared my throat and picked up the bowl. ‘Sindu, darling, why don’t you take a few mouthful of this curd rice? Just for Dad’s sake, dear?’


Sindu softened a bit and wiped her tears with the back of her hands. ‘Ok, Dad. I will eat – not just a few mouthfuls, but the whole lot of this. But, you should…’ Sindu hesitated. ‘Dad, if I eat this entire curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?’


‘Promise’. I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine, and clinched the deal. Now I became a bit anxious. ‘Sindu, dear, you shouldn’t insist on getting a computer or any such expensive items. Dad does not have that kind of money right now. Ok?’


‘No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive’. Slowly and painfully, she finished eating the whole quantity. I was silently angry with my wife and my mother for forcing my child to eat something that she detested.


After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes wide with expectation.. All our attention was on her.


‘Dad, I want to have my head shaved off, this Sunday!’ was her demand.


‘Atrocious!’ shouted my wife, ‘A girl child having her head shaved off? Impossible!’


‘Never in our family!’ My mother rasped. ‘She has been watching too much of television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled with these TV programs!’


‘Sindu, darling, why don’t you ask for something else? We will be sad seeing you with a clean-shaven head.’


‘Please, Sindu, why don’t you try to understand our feelings?’ I tried to plead with her.


‘Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd Rice’. Sindu was in tears.


‘And you promised to grant me whatever I ask for. Now, you are going back on your words. Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra, and its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what?’


It was time for me to call the shots. ‘Our promise must be kept.’


‘Are you out of your mind?’ chorused my mother and wife.


‘No. If we go back on ourpromises, she will never learn to honour her own.. Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled.’


With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes looked big and beautiful.


On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight to watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her classroom. She turned around and waved. I waved back with a smile. Just then, a boy alighted from a car, and shouted, ‘Sinduja, please wait for me!’ What struck me was the hairless head of that boy.


‘May be, that is the in-stuff’, I thought.


‘Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!’ Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car, and continued, ‘that boy who is walking along with your daughter is my son Harish. He is suffering from… leukemia’. She paused to muffle her sobs. ‘Harish could not attend the school for the whole of the last month. He lost all his hair due to the side effects of the chemotherapy. He refused to come back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of the schoolmates. Sinduja visited him last week, and promised him that she will take care of the teasing issue. But, I never imagined she would sacrifice her lovely hair for the sake of my son! Sir, you and your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your daughter.’


I stood transfixed and then, I wept. ‘My little Angel, you are teaching me how selfless real love is!’

P.S. This is not my creation. But sadly I don’t know who the author is, so am unable to give the credit. I loved the story and my eyes welled up while reading it! I wanted to share it with you guys, hope you like it too!


55 Responses to "Promise?"

I had read this one before

A touching story indeed, selfless love , so rare to see.

Wish one could carry on the selfless love of childhood to adulthood too.

Hats off to Sindhu!!



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Wow .. Wonderful story !! ..

Children are always innocent and they always show selfless, undemanding love .. It’s us adults who are selfish and want something somewhere and that’s why we show love and affections .. Once we are grown up, whatever we do is intentional !! ..

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yes, it was one wonderful story.


Ya I have seen this story before and its a wonderful one….Touching and true…noble i can say….


Yes I have seen a similar story in a video. Its touching.


Sakhi, many many thanks for sharing it.


that was intense and so touching . thanks for sharing the story! 🙂


good story. touching one !


I have already read this one.. very touching one..
thanks for sharing and making me to go through this another time..


Very touching! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!

(PS: Now you know why I have sported a pharaoh look! 😀 )


very nice one indeed! if everyone has at least 1% of love as selfless as this one, we will be living in a better world. God save the torn civilization!


My eyes welled up too. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


I remember reading this one before, in one of chain mail forwards.

A good story. Thanks for re-brushing my EQ.


That is one touching story…

Sometimes kids teach us such wonderful lessons of selflessness ki we feel ashamed….


Touching story! Thanks for sharing it!


Very nice story, really loved it. That is what is true love. It is given completely without the expectation of receiving it back.


Wonderful story, Sakhi!! Often children teach us a lot!

And ya, I was planning to do your tag after that “Bolt” review..but you know, that unfortunate Mumbai incident happened and I wanted to write on that. Would do it as my next post 🙂


That is a very very beautiful story. There is so much we can learn from the pure feelings of children.


I loved it!…
beautiful and touching


What a wonderful story! I have heard it before, but it always touches my heart.
I would like to share one of my favorites, from the chicken soup for the soul.

On Courage
So you think I’m courageous?” she asked.
“Yes, I do.”
“Perhaps I am. But that’s because I’ve had some inspiring teachers. I’ll tell you about one of them.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got to know a little girl named
Liza who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a
blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and
had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesi-
tate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.’
“As the transfusion progressed, he lay in a bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the
doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away?’
“Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give
her all his blood.
“Yes, I’ve learned courage,” she added, “because I’ve had inspiring teachers.”
Dan Millman


read this one before, and loved it – thanks for bringing it back to me.

how have you been?


Lovely……vry touching….loved reading this di 🙂


Hi Sakhi,

That was very beautiful touching story…:)


Very touching 😀


It’s a sweet story which I read long long ago but I remember reading it with different names. I guess people have changed the story to suit their own cultures. Curd rice huh! What I thought of was that parents should never promise their kids rewards for eating food! 🙂


And oh yes, where have you been! I was thinking you have stopped blogging…not that I have been checking my surfer. Checked it after several days yesterday but you didn’t come up on it. Good think I decided to visit you. 🙂 Come on Sakhi, write something to keep in touch, why don’t you tell us something about your patients and your work. We are all ears.


there lies reflection of the all almighty in the children…….wonderful story indeed…..hats off to the author…..


amazing story…… very touching…. 🙂


This is the first time Im coming across this story. Whoever the real author is, he is blessed. I felt so touched reading it. Thanks for posting it here Sakhi.


I had received this as a fwd email. Very touching indeed. Reminds that one should be giving at times.


Whr have you been madam? I am thinking of arranging a search party… 😛


Where are you Sakhi Di? missing your posts and missing u on my blog as well!


Very touching!!!!


This incident about your daughter really touched my heart – it is indeed a noble act !


@ All

I am extremely sorry for not responding. I seem to have hibernated, somehow… Shall be back ASAP

Thanks for bearing with me! 🙂

@ Nomad

That was a wonderful story 🙂

@ Nita

I will be back… soon! 🙂


@ Vimal and Sahaja

Thanks for the awards.. i will put it up here as soon as i can… Thanks buddies.

It really means a lot to me! 🙂


have read this one before…but u have a nice blog…will keep coming here 🙂


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i love it….and tears actually welled in my eyes when i read this…


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no reasons ma’am! i think i’ve given u simple enuf things 😛 . however, it would serve to improve your senile mind i guess… plz plz plz will u do it?
PS: hw u doin?

Sakhi: I am fine, but please excuse me from this tag… at least for time being! pleeeeeeeeeeeease!!


heart touching gesture through a story preaching us to be empathic.

Sakhi: Absolutely!


very touching story. act of selfless love and care for others 🙂 thanks for sharing it with us Sakhi 🙂


Hi Sakhi,

I have a small little surprise for you here…

Hope you will like it 🙂

Sakhi: Of course i loved it!! 🙂


I got this as a mail once !

Extremely touching, that selfless love…thanks for posting this!

Sakhi: 🙂


hey tears welled up in my eyes too as i reachd da end.. its really vry touching..

Sakhi: yeah, i felt that way too!


….its a beautiful story..thanks for sharing it… 🙂

Sakhi: Most welcome!! 🙂


Hey that was awsome story..
i just couldn stop my tears flowing.
Indeed very touchy n Act of selfless love 🙂


Hi Sakhi, wonderful story , this story actul title is “The Promise” was published in Deccan Herald news paper , on 27th , july 03. I read this in a short stories book, which has 10 – 12 stories translated to telugu. I am not sure, if you read telugu, but you can search for money – plant book by Vikasa Dhatri.


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