Back in 2013, I use I was pursuing my senior secondary education at New Delhi while my home was about 40 KMs away, at the bordering area of Bahadurgarh, Haryana. It was time for Diwali holiday, so I packed up my bags with all clothes, emptied food containers stacked into it and took a auto for Bahadurgarh, as DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus drivers were at strike that day with exactly 250 bucks in my wallet which had 10 rupees in the form of coins.

En route Bahadurgarh, I got stuck at a red light at Peeragarhi Junction. Peeragarhi Junction of New Delhi is a hub for eunuchs to collect money from the people stuck in jams or at the red light (You may confirm it with a Delhi resident who might have been there). Be it the hustle bustle of 2 pm in the afternoon, or the silence of 2 am in the mid night, if you are stuck at Peeragarhi, the probability is very high that you will find a bunch of eunuchs out there below the shade of the flyover.

So, coming back to where I was, I was stuck at Peeragarhi Junction. Now, my auto rickshaw was visited by one of the eunuchs. She was tall and a bit burly. I was already a bit nervous. They made me nervous for some reason. She leaned towards me from the window of the rickshaw, and tapped upon my shoulder. With no option to avoid the conversation, I slowly turned towards her.

She said, “Ladke, De na. Das, Pachaas job hi banta ho! Bhagwan terko tarakkee dega”. The same old clichéd line used by all the eunuchs in India to approach the people for money.

(Translation — “Boy, Give me some money. Ten, Fifty, whatever deems fit to you. God will bless you with a bright future”)

I had just 250 bucks in my pocket out of which I had to pay 200 bucks to the auto rickshaw driver. And, I must have at least 50 bucks as a safety and emergency need. So, I replied in a relenting but polite tone, “Mai Delhi mai padhta hu, aur abhi chutti mei ghar jar aha hu, Haryana mei. Bas dhai saurupay hain mere paas aur isi mei ghar tak pahunchna h.”

(Translation– “I study here in Delhi and am going back home in Haryana for holidays. I just have 250 bucks and I have to reach home using it.”)

She gave a brisk but very polite reply which touch my heart. She said, “Tu padh raha hai na. Achhe se padh. Mehnat kar. Tu acha ladka lagta hai isliye bina paise liye dua kar rahi hu mai. Khush reh. Ja!”

(Translation– “You say you are studying, well then study well. Work hard. You seem like a decent kid so I’m praying for you for no money. Stay happy. Go!”)


Those words really moved me. She did not know me. She had no attachment or any connection with me. Also, this was not the usual experience that people share with you about eunuchs in India, where they act pushy and adamant and annoy you till you succumb to them and pay them some amount to get away. As a contrasting experience, in my case, she made my day!

Until that moment, I used to be a bit afraid of eunuchs. I used to get a bit skeptical about their presence whenever they approached me. But, this experience changed that forever. I’m no more afraid of them. Now, I do not look at them with any lesser deference than for any other ordinary person. In fact, whenever I see one today, it always brings back that sweet memory and a smile enlightens my face.


That was one of the sweetest thing that anyone ever said to me! And, it was something that I could never have expected coming from a eunuch.


This post was originally posted as an answer to the undermentioned question on Quora :

Life: What is the sweetest thing that someone has ever said to you?

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