“Cleanliness is next to godliness!” We all have heard this phrase, but only a few of us actually implement it in our lives. Even with the Swachh Bharat mission and the workshops organised to make the citizens aware, nothing much has changed, as a lot of lanes still reek of dirt and garbage. However, an incident that took place in the Delhi metro, will completely change your perception about people.
A Delhi man was travelling in the metro when he saw that the clean and mopped floor was getting filthy. A young boy, who was sitting in front of him with plugged earphones was taking out his water bottle from his bag when his tiffin box fell, and all his lunch spilled onto the floor. While he thought that the metro would now be dirty all day long with the food that had tumbled out, what the boy did next step left the man baffled.
The boy — Pranjal Dubey — tore out a page from his copy and started picking up the mess he had accidentally made in the metro. After gathering all of it, he took his handkerchief and cleaned the floor to leave it clean. Moved by his gestures, the user Shubham Verma enquired about his name and later shared the incident on his Facebook page with Pranjal Dubey’s photos.
The copy has been updated after it came to light that the post was originally published by Shubham Verma. The writer alleged on Hoot.org that a Facebook user, Sunil Choudhary, had “plagiarised his post” and altered facts. While the incident happened in Delhi Metro, Choudhary’s post that eventually went viral, had wrongly attributed it happening in Jaipur Metro. Several media organisations, including the IndianExpress.com, had picked up Chowdhury’s post as it was going viral then and had garnered more than 27,000 likes and 4,000 shares, initially when the copy was published.