I Have Not Seen My Mother – SK Garg

Year 1976, on 1st Jan, I had moved out of my native place for a job in Vadodra to a huge construction site. Fresh from engineering college, filled with idealism of all kind to do something for society and the country, I started closely working for supervision of construction works of all kind going around for a big petrochemical project. Workers from all parts of India had come to earn their livelihood. It was interesting to see about 18,000 souls struggling with primitive machines and tools building India’s first petrochemical project where Indian Government had decided to undertake all detailed design engineering, construction with Indian workforce.
I was assigned by my boss to build a 35m high working platform structure around a reactor. The job was assigned to a subcontractor named Babu, by the main contractor. I started learning my first lessons in steel while watching labor doing many activities. One young boy, Guddu, with strong build would do grinding of steel parts very efficiently. I started appreciating his work and one day asked him about his native place, his family and we became friendly.
One day I found him very excited and cheerful. He told that his mother has come from Madras to Kandla, a place 400 km from his worksite where his father was working as a helper at port. He was going to meet her this week end.
But then, he turned serious and told me that he has never met his mother. He was 4 years old when he came with his father to Gujrat. His father will go to his native place on every Diwali but he was unable to afford a railway ticket for his son. Every year the mother will insist to bring Guddu with him on next Diwali, but father would not have sufficient money to buy a ticket for his son.
This year, his mother had come to see her son after 14 years. I had been away from home for just 14 weeks and I was feeling home sick. Still there were another 26 weeks by the time, I will go home on Raksha Bandhan.
Why law did not compel the contractor to provide for a clean home for his father, some basic insurance and medical and a free ticket for journey home. Why even Government contracts do not bind the contractor to provide even basic amenities to workers.
After a week, I found Guddu at site. He was loitering around and not working and looked pale and sad. I was surprised to see him in this state. I asked him, what has happened. He explained that main contractor did not get his monthly payment and did not pay the sub-contractor. He told his sub-contractor that he wants his final payment as he was ready to lose his job but wanted to have a glimpse of his mother. But sub-contractor did not have sufficient money. His labor was living on 1 meal a day as the big bosses in sarkari system were still pondering over the monthly payment.
Glow had gone out of the young eyes. I was sad to see him. I inquired when he will travel to Kandla to meet his mother. He sobbed and said now there is no need as his mother has travelled back to village near Madras. Oh my God, why it happened to him. Why he did not request me for the small money. Why all social benefits and safety requirements are flouted in India.
The incident brought me face to face with poverty in India. I never remembered my home after then. It was important to learn and get some money and make ourselves self-dependent. Soon I could save a lot of money which made me contribute 4% of that for education of under privileged children. I owe Guddu a lot for teaching some real lessons in life as everything is not taught in schools.

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  2. suhana

    mr sk i wanna say somthing you
    before i send cmt of your story
    plzzzz tellme this story is real
    or not ?

    1. SK garg

      It is a real incident. Place Indian Petro Chemical Complex Acrylonitrile plant Baroda

  3. Nashrin

    its not a lv story

    i think dis story inspiration for all jo ye padhega…wowww…tnxx to post dis kind of story…thankuu so much…

  4. Ani

    mai aa gyi… where are you..?

  5. Ani

    kaha reh gaye… aa b jaiye..

  6. Ani

    nai aaiyega okay… tb mai b ja rahi…bye.

  7. vshal

    r u ther ?

  8. Ani


  9. Ani

  10. Ani

    hello… kaha ho sab…
    R&R aap logo b aa jao….
    mera to kb se comment hi post nai ho rahe the… ab finally ho gaye…

  11. vshal

    sab kaise ho ?

  12. Ani

    am good.. as usual… u say..?
    kaha tk pahuche..?

  13. vshal

    raipur se nikle h abhi..kal subah subah pahuch junga..or batao…family good ?

  14. Ani

    all good…u say..?

  15. vshal

    all okay…u say anything..

  16. Ani

    mai kya bolu… mai kuch puchti hu to jawab hi nai dete..

  17. rajeev

    hlo frnds,vese vshal bro apki family bhut dur h,apki family apse milne k liye exicted ho,vese y lovebirds ka tag accha h,ani ji ap kese ho,ap gayab ho jate ho

  18. Ani

    mai achhi hu rajeev ji.. apna sunaiye… apki jenny kaha hai.. aaj aai nai..

  19. vshal


  20. Ani


  21. rajeev

    gud morning frnds,have a nice day

  22. rihana

    Gud morning frnds…

  23. Ani

    Gud mrng guys…. have a wonderful day…

  24. vshal dadheech

    hey everyone…good afternoon…sab kaise h….kisi ko gussa aa raha h….kyu aa raha h…see u all….

  25. Ani

    good afternoon guys…
    koi to aao…
    loved birds aap log hi aa jaaiye…
    aur koi to aane se raha…
    aa b gaye to kuch bolne se rahe…

  26. Ani

    is anybody there..?

  27. Ani

    Mt aao koi b… mai b jaa rahi… huh…

  28. rajeev

    ani ji ap fb pr kyu nhi aate ho yr,and agar ap tlp pe bt krna chahte ho tho time bta diya kro,m aa jaunga,

  29. rajeev

    ani ji hm kuch frnd aur add krenge,apko kya lgta h,yr hm km frnd h,group bnayege,apko kesa lga idea.

  30. rajeev

    frnds ek br mere frnd ne kaha ki sbse jyada golgape khata h,aj mere taraf se golpape khao,hm 4frnd the,starting kiya 15golgape bad ek frnd ht gaya,second frnd 27golpape bd ht gaya,ab m aur mera frnd tha khate rhe 35golgape khakr vo bi ruk gaya,mene 40golgape khaye,jb m itne golgape kha raha tha tho aankhon m se aasu aa rhe the and chehra red ho gaya tha,aansu ruk hi nhi rhe the,fir finally tilpatti khayi tho aansu ruke..m khana khakr gaya tha and muje golgape pasand nhi h,bt sbse jyada khane ki bt thi tho m khata raha,jb m night m ghar aaya tho ulti ho gayi,sare golgape nikal gaye.

  31. Ani

    if koi frnd banna chahta hai rajeev ji…to jarur banao…
    ab itne golpappe boy khayenge… to ulti to Honi hi hai…

  32. vshal

    sab kaise ho..?
    see u people….

  33. Ani


  34. vshal


  35. rajeev

    vshal bro ghar pr aa gye kya..ani ji apne kaha boys itne golgape khayenge to ulti hogi,bt yr agar girl khati tho ulti nhi hoti kya..

  36. rajeev

    ani ji ap yaha kafi time se h tho ap hi batao kon h yaha hamare jaisa

  37. Ani

    ye to nai pata… rajeev ji… hr person ki personality alag alag hoti hai…

    huh… mtlb mai Q bataun… huh…

  38. Ani.

    girls nd golpappe… they are made for each other…

  39. vshal

    or koi h jis ko mujhse baat nahi karni…rajeev ghar aa gaya..feel relaxed..rihana b naraz h kya ?

  40. Ani


  41. Ani

    hey.. rihana… kaha ho… aaj kal aate nai ho… sirf morning me attendance de deti ho uske bad gayab..
    class bunk krne se nai chalega….

  42. Ani

    class krna padega… nai to punish b kiya jayega… soch lo…

  43. vshal

    looks like i m all alone here….hey R & R…ab to tum par hi aas h….kab tak baat nahi karni h…?

  44. rajeev

    gud morning frnds have a nice day,vshal bro jenny buzy rhti h so yaha km aa pati h and hm sb frnd h tho let,s chill yr,vese family ka reaction kya tha apko long time k bad dhekne pr

  45. rajeev

    ani ji ap hi decide kro,aur kisko frnd bnana h,ap acche se jante ho yaha sbko

  46. rajeev

    ani ji girls and golgage made for each other,aisa kyu

  47. vshal

    good morning everyone…have a great day ahead..stay safe..be nice..see u around people…

  48. Ani

    good morning….
    hm kisi ko jabardasti frnd thodi bana sakte hai… aap jiske sath comfortable rehte ho baat krne me usey banao…
    nd mai kisi se naraz nai hu Sir… bs bura lgta hai jb koi mere baato ka jawab na de… ab ye Mt kehna kaun sa baat ka jawab chahiye batao…. to ab mai nai Bolne wali… kaafi bar puchh chuki hu..


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