Grandma was waiting at the bus stop for her grandsons Rohit and Mohit.
“The school bus is late today,” she murmured to herself.
After sometime, the school bus arrived.
The twins, Rohit and Mohit jumped out of the bus and ran up to her.
“Grandma, today I scored full marks in a surprise test on Moral Education!” said Rohit excitedly.
“Very good, Rohit! Keep it up. And what about you, Mohit?” asked Grandma.
“I wasn’t well prepared. So, I scored only 17 on 20,” said Mohit.
“That is still a good score. We shall celebrate both of your achievements with pav bhaji tonight. And I’ll ask your father to buy some ice cream on his way back from work,” said Grandma.
Rohit and Mohit jumped with excitement.
Later that evening, Rohit and Mohit were watching television when the doorbell rang. Rohit answered the door and saw his classmate Varun standing outside.
“Hi, Rohit. As you know, I was absent from school for the past few days. Can you help me with the classwork? I also need to borrow your notes,” said Varun.
“Why don’t you take help from your best friend Mahesh?” asked Rohit.
“He has gone out of town with his family and will be back only next week,” replied Varun.
“I am sorry, Varun. I don’t have the time to help you now. And my notes are incomplete,” said Rohit.
Varun was disappointed. He turned away to walk when he heard Mohit call out to him.
“Hey, Varun! I can help you,” said Mohit, walking up to the door. “Bring your books over. We can study here.”
“Thanks, Mohit. I’ll be back in 10 minutes,” replied Varun and quickly left to get his books.
Mohit closed the door and turned around to see Rohit staring at him angrily.
“Why did you offer to help Varun? You know him well. He always troubles us in class,” fumed Rohit.
“Calm down, Rohit. Right now, he came to us asking for help and not to trouble us. There is no harm in helping him out,” said Mohit.
Rohit became upset. He went to his room and did not talk to Varun when he returned later. Meanwhile, Mohit and Varun sat down to study.
After dinner, the twins, their parents and Grandma were all gathered in the living room and eating ice cream.
“Grandma told me that Rohit scored full marks in a surprise test. Good job, Champ!” congratulated their father.
“We should congratulate Mohit as well and give him an extra scoop of ice cream as a reward,” said Grandma.
Mohit was surprised. “Me? Why?”
“Moral Science is a subject that teaches you morals and values of life and can guide you to do the right thing in a situation. Rohit might have got full marks in the test, but Mohit put those values to use today,” said Grandma.
“Oh yes, I saw Mohit helping Varun with his schoolwork when we came back home from the office,” said their mother.
“Rohit, when Varun came to you asking for help, and the right thing to have done was to help him, irrespective of whether he is your friend or not. We should not let people down when they need our help,” said Grandma.
“I am sorry, Grandma. I didn’t realise my mistake. Now on, I shall help everyone,” said Rohit. He then turned to his brother and said, “Congrats, Mohit. You are the real winner!”
“Thank you!” said Mohit.
“I think now Rohit too deserves an extra scoop of ice cream!” said their father.
The twins enjoyed their well-pav bhaji and ice cream.