The Great Quest

A dramatic feature film based on the true life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

6. Siddhartha's first almsfood

Leaving the village, Siddhartha carries his full bowl to a tree and sits.
He looks in his bowl: ninety percent rice, yellow pea curry, fried chicken head and feet, one banana.
Hesitant, he lowers his face, breathes in for a good smell. He pulls back, scrunches his face in distaste.
RUCHI  (O.S.)
Do you want some help?
SIDDHARTHA
I can do it.
Siddhartha puts in his hand, rolls rice in a ball, rubs it into the curry and brings it to his mouth. He pauses.
RUCHI  (O.S.)
Fine, but it's fit for a pig.
The ball goes in his mouth.
RUCHI  (O.S.)
Probably give you diarrhea for weeks.
Siddhartha chews.
SIDDHARTHA
Aggh!
He spits it out violently.
LITTLE GIRL  (O.S.)
My mommy says I should always eat my food.
A LITTLE GIRL in tattered clothing holds a small water urn and cup. Siddhartha wipes his mouth.
LITTLE GIRL
She says I should be thankful to have something to eat.
SIDDHARTHA
Yes, uh --
LITTLE GIRL
There are other little children who don't have any.
SIDDHARTHA
I'm sorry, I --
LITTLE GIRL
My daddy says rich people can't eat our food, but we can eat theirs. He says that's because poor people are smarter than rich people.
Siddhartha smiles, gazing in amazement at his little teacher.
SIDDHARTHA
Could I please have some water?
LITTLE GIRL
Are you going to throw it up?
SIDDHARTHA
Not ever again like I just did.