But what about the unsung one?
The companion to the great hero,
Does he not deserve praise?
Destiny may not have chosen him,
Fate must have overlooked him,
But he still fought the great evil,
Slayed the vile demon.
Nothing can be done alone,
Too often is this forgotten.
The focus is put on one,
Who did not choose,
But was chosen.
What about the other,
The one that did choose?
He chose to risk everything.
There was nothing great at work,
Forcing him to choose.
It was a simple,
Yet immense, decision.
Sometimes the greater heros are not the destined ones,
They are the ones that stood by the heros,
The choice they made,
Never regretting it,
Only pushing forward to the goal.
Never overlook the companions,
For something important will be missed,
That may be lost forever.
-James Anderson , 'To the unsung hero'.
For Tukaram Ombale and the other ordinary citizens of Mumbai who did far more than their duty on 26/11.
This blog post is by Neelima Gupte and Sumathi Rao.