Abhishek was walking home from college one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Abhishek knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Abhishek discovered the boy’s name was Surya, that he loved video games, baseball, and history, and that he was having lots of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.
They arrived at Surya’s home first and Abhishek was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed with a few laughs and some shared small talk. Then Abhishek went home. They continued to see each other around college, had lunch together once or twice. Then both passed from junior college. They ended up in the same university where they had brief contact over the years. Finally, the long-awaited final year came and three weeks before graduation, Surya asked Abhishek if they could talk.
Surya reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. “Did you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?” asked Surya. “You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother's sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Abhishek, when you picked up those books that day, you did a lot more, you saved my life.”