Life is not a piece of cake for all of us.
Not everyone is as privileged as we are. The nature of challenges is different for all of us.
As I write this article from the comfort of my bed while sipping my morning cup of coffee, a street vendor is selling vegetables outside. He has a 7-year-old kid who comes with him every day.
Normally he would come at 7 AM outside my house and when I asked him yesterday about when did he wake up? His reply got me thinking and made me grateful for what we have, He said "5 am because he have to go to vegetables market every morning"
I never had to wake up at 5:00 AM in harsh winter weather to ride on the bicycle for 8 km - load 30 kgs of vegetables and cycle back for 8 km.
Why he has to do this while I can stay inside with all my comfort?
The more I think about this, the hopeless I get about how this world functions.
The world is not equal - the world is not fair.
The noticed this inequality a few years ago while I was in the final year of my college. I had a friend who lived in a very high-rise society in Chandigarh.
One day I had gone to his place. We stayed there all night, we partied hard. He lived on the 4th floor of the building where we were.
In the morning I opened the window and was shocked at what I saw. This building was near the slums of Chandigarh. I looked at small kids - barefoot. And almost all of them were lacking the clothes to cover their body.
I asked myself, How could it be "How could we have a 5 crore flat near a slum. A slum where a family of 8 is living in a house smaller than our bathrooms."
The more I thought about this, the more I got to know that this is not something which can be changed in a day or a year or even a lifetime.
It would take several generations if you really want to change this inequality.
If you really want to change this world, tell stories of empowering people. Tell stories of uplifting the people.
We don't need more stories about a celebrity wedding that cost $15 Million. We don't need more stories about how a businessman gifted his daughter a golden toilet. Yes, trust me it really happened.
We need stories where a boy from a village bought Internet to this village.
We need stories where a man brought the Pad revolution and improved the lives of millions of women in India.
We need more stories of underdogs. We need stories from the remote areas in the mountains. We need stories from the dense forests of Nagaland.
We need stories from all over the country not just from Bangalore or Gurugram.
To listen to better stories, we need a better education system. We need to empower people who have dreams to achieve. We need to empower the students from villages. We need to empower people from social-backwards backgrounds.
We don't need more stories about the rich becoming richer. We need stories from poor becoming the new rich.