Skipped Childhood

Many a times, we are captious by nature and find excuses to blame something or someone. How many times do we actually act? Sometimes Yes, Mostly No! Because most of us are just Too Busy To Care. At times, we might follow the issue, but fail to act on it. Many of us want to do something for society but are unable to take out time. We feel, we reflect, we want to contribute, to act but something comes in the way. We feel inspired, moved and also guilty for not doing that something, anything. Most of the time, that inspiration loses its way in our packed, no-time-to-think, no-space-to-breathe, BUSY schedules.

am too busy to care, but want to do something. Jaago Re and are helping me do my bit for the society.

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Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
-- Grace Abbott

We are too busy in our own world to look into those innocent eyes who work in dhabas, stores, ironing your clothes, they are all around and they are carrying burden on their shoulders to earn for their family  or god knows,for whom they have been exploited.We all are aware of this fact but never put  kind thoughts into action and I am not an exception , the one amongst you; was  suffering from TBTC [Too Busy To Care ] syndrome . A few months back, a child, whom my neighbor claimed to be of 15 year old was working for her family.They were using him, his childhood by occupying his time in household chores, he was working day and night just for food or may be for leftovers.I felt bad for him and asked my neighbor about his age then she said he looks younger than his age, I was skeptical about that but I was too busy to go further into the detail. One day my cousin came and saw him working so hard then he decided to file complaint against child labor  and teach my neighbors a lesson.The next day concerned people from child labor department came and sent that child to his native place, penalize them for such an iniquitous act. I was happy but I could be happier if I would have done this yet my cousin felt great of his doing and so I felt for him.
I got the lesson of life that one should take an action, one needs to go to an extra mile to transform the thought process into action.

Childhood is a stage
to rejoice,play,learn ,explore 
to draw beyond boundaries
to observe like a scientist
talk like an inquisitive mind
dream the fairy tale
color their vivid imagination

suddenly he got up from sleep
which was sweet indeed
but reality is something else
he skipped his days of childhood
he was forced to work
he worked and worked
never had a chance to speak his mind
he was named ''chotu''

for people's convenience
none had time to ask his name
people are too busy
to get their work done
to busy to give a thought
that he is a child
probably younger than their own child
just getting their work
for minimal wages
but at the expense of childhood
which is the age to play,learn and grow
but they remain chotu throughout their lives
and die with this name

Who is responsible for this?
We, who think but not act.

Where to complain if one comes across any incidence of Child Labour

 1. Police Station
Lodge a complaint at the nearest Police Station
Link to all Police Stations all over India:

2. Labour Commissioner of the concerned State
For contact details of State Government Labour Departments, see

3. Prathan Helpline for Child Labour
Call 022 -  65134884 or email to
(Rescue helpline for Mumbai & Maharashtra)            
 For more details, visit

A toll free 24-hour telephone help line 1098 for children in distress can be accessed in 72 cities of the country.
CACL Central Secretariat: C/o- PECUC, VIII-H-26, Sailashree Vihar ,Bhubaneswar - 21, Orissa, India., Tel: 0674 - 2740178 Fax : 0674 - 2740432
This helpline, easily remembered in Hindi as “Dus, Nau, Aath”,  is presently working in the following 72 cities:
Agartala, Aurangabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Kanchipuram, Kozhikode, Nadia, Pune, South 24 Paraganas, Varanasi, Shimla, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, Kutch, Nagapattinam, Puri, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada, Ludhiana, Ahmednagar, Baroda, Cuddalore, Imphal, Karaikal, Lucknow, Nagpur, Rourkela, Thirunelveli, Vishakhapatnam, Akola, Bhopal, Delhi, Indore, Kochi, Mangalore, Nasik, Ranchi, Thrissur, Waynad, Allahabad, Bhubaneshwar, East Midanapore Jammu, Kolkata, Madurai, New Jalpaiguri, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, West Midnapore, Alwar, Chandigarh, Goa, Jaipur, Kollam, Mumbai, Patna, Shillong, Udaipur, Agra, Amarawati, Cuddalore, Gorakhpur, Kalyan, Kota, Murshidabad Port Blair, Sholapur, Ujjain and Gurgaon.
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Alka Gurha March 8, 2011 at 7:22 AM  

Great responsible post .....and a very sensitive subject....

Arti March 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM  

A post for a noble cause indeed! If we all do our bit then we can do wonders, the pic tells a story of its own, very touching...
Have a good Day:)

Geeta Singh March 8, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

very nice prats :)

Rajesh March 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

Wonderful. We always look for some scapegoat whom he can blame of our problems.

magiceye March 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM  

wonderful post for a noble cause

Simran March 8, 2011 at 10:45 PM  

Great post!
Thank you so much for making readers aware of bad condition of our society..I am sure people who have TBTC disease will get cure after reading this post ..And will take some action if such situation comes into their way!

Indirectly you are helping to reform our society :)
Thank You so much !
Take Care..

Arti March 9, 2011 at 1:14 AM  

Glad to be visiting back... Just dropped in to say Thank You, your best wishes worked wonders :)

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 9, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

@Alka-glad you felt it.

@Arti-thanks for the kind words.Yes if we take little steps then we will reach the destination.

@Geeta-thanks sis.

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 9, 2011 at 1:48 AM  

@Rajesh-thanks! I like the comment.

@Magiceye-thanks Sir.

@Simran-thanks dear for the appreciation and encouragement,it motivate me.

@Arti-its the result of your consistent great efforts.Keep it up.

Anonymous March 9, 2011 at 2:17 AM  

Very thought provoking!

the critics March 9, 2011 at 5:53 AM  

the post is really good concerns over a matter of concern...........the information you have compiled at the end is really good. Hope the people who read here least should make a note of it.

Do you happened to follow up with the boy in your story.Because I feel once the kid is back at his home town soon he would have barged to work at some other place. Thats the status of this society.

I personally work with kids to help them in someway possible.Now then there are some new kids appointed now in our mess for working as food suppliers; i am sure there are one or two below fifteen there.

I tried counselling them asking for the them to continue education. I offered to help them in their studies. But they aren't interested, they haven't been to school least from 5th std and they don't want to go anymore. They are content and happy their life is and happy to earn some money.

Now, even if i force them and ask their family compulsorily to take them home. I am sure they are going to go away and work somewhere else themselves. And that would only make matters far worse.

If we really to wish in child education it needs some dedicated work from all of us, least the people who bothers.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! March 10, 2011 at 1:42 AM  

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Raksha Bhat March 10, 2011 at 11:29 PM  

Thats a great effort...thank you for the details:)

Balqis DBJ March 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

A great post of concern.

Dr Xitija Singh March 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM  

आपको सपरिवार होली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं

Raksha Bhat March 23, 2011 at 7:53 PM  

Pretty Pratty aakar le jayiye hamare blog mein aapke liye kuch hai:)

Vinay Leo R. April 5, 2011 at 1:17 AM  

oh u r very much still in :) u can vote... i've also suggested a way to change the date of your post, please try to..

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