People still have a heart! It’s just that now they use it selectively.
I have known this road side vendor for long. He has profile of a typical 20 something man from that humble background – dropped out of school at some point of time…got into wrong company…went through a tough patch…began working to earn livelihood…settled for something that worked.
He is man of few words, and rude to the point of being aggressive. I have often seen him fighting with the people near whose building he places his cart, or arguing with people who park vehicle in front of his cart; but have never seen him emotional or vulnerable.
Today, I saw a boy assisting him. When I enquired, he told me that the boy was deaf & dumb who didn’t have any active support. And then he said “Sir, do time khana khila doonga aur itne paise de doonga ki bigde nahin. Kisi ko to sochna padega naa!”
The difference is clear – earlier people used to use their heart when they were meant to. Now they use it when they want to or when…you deserve it.