An incident, which took place when he
was six years old, seems to have left a deep mark on his mind. Once he went to an orchard
with his friends. He was standing below while his friends climbed the trees. He plucked a
flower from a bush.
The gardener came in the meantime and saw Lal Bahadur. The boys on the trees climbed
down and ran away. The gardener caught Lal Bahadur. He beat him severely.
Lal Bahadur wept and said, "I am orphan. Do not beat me."
The gardener smiled with pity and said, "Because you are an orphan, you must learn
better behavior, my boy."
The words of the gardener had a great effect on him. He swore to him, "I shall
behave better in future. Because I am an orphan I must learn good behavior."
Though short he was not timid at school. All boys were friendly with him. Like the
grass he always looked fresh and smiling. Not only during his school days but also in his
later life he did not hate anyone. It seems he used to act in plays at school. He played
the role of Kripacharya in the play 'Mahabharatha'. Kripacharya was in the court of
Duryodhana and yet was loved by the Pandavas. Lal Bahadur Shastri had acquired the same