Certain events happen in the life of a man. These have a lasting impression on his memory. He can never forget them. Such an event happened in my life. I shall never forget it.
My skill in swimming
I have learnt swimming very early in life. Our house is very near the Ganga. I regularly bathe in the Ganga. During my bath I spend sometime in swimming. I can swim even when the Ganga is very rough. Thus I may say that I am an expert swimmer. The memorable event has something to do with my skill in swimming.
The memorable event
It was the month of August. The Ganga was almost full to the brim. The current was very strong. As usual, I went to take bath in the Ganga in the morning. I was about to plunge into the water. At this time I heard loud cries about a hundred yards away. People on the bank cried, “The boy is going to be drowned. Save him, save him.” At once I went to the spot. I heard that a boy of about twelve had been carried away by the current. Nobody dared to rescue him. I thought that I should save the helpless boy. At once I jumped into the water. I swam as fast as I could.
The boy was about fifty yards away from the bank. He was struggling hard, but in vain. I went near him. He tried to get hold of me. If he did, both of us might be drowned. So I did not allow him to get hold of me. But I caught hold of his hand. I pulled him and swam towards the bank against the strong current. In the course of a few minutes I was within my depth. There was now no fear. Had I been late only by a few minutes, the boy would have surely been drowned. Thank God, I reached him on time. Now I reached the bank safely with the boy. He had struggled hard to save himself. So he was very much tired and weak.
People on the bank thanked me for rescuing the boy from imminent death. They said that I had risked my life to save the boy. They praised my courage. I learnt from the boy that he had just learnt the first stage of swimming. He was a novice. He came alone from home. He was caught in the strong current of the river. He was carried away. He could not get himself free by any means. I told him that I would help him to learn swimming within a short time. He agreed to bathe with me.
This boy lived very near the Ganga but at a little distance from my house, I accompanied the boy to his house. He was the only son of his parents. His parents learnt how I saved the boy from imminent death. They expressed their gratitude to me. I told them that God had saved the boy. I had performed my duty successfully. This is very memorable event in my life. I shall never forget it.