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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

PULLING HIS LIFE

Courtesy : My Smartphone Samsung E7 with 13 M.P Camera

The man appearing in this photo is Suresh Mondal who hails from West Bengal and came to Delhi for survival. He chose rickshaw pulling as the best bet to earn those needy bucks.  Last week, when I took his service  to return home from  market,  I got an idea to write on him.

When I conversed  with  Suresh Mondal for this story  while he was ferrying  me to home, his smiling gesture gave me a hint that he might open up to share his life with me.  As expected, the whole ride was very pleasant as Suresh though with his wiry frame peddled his way effortlessly almost with no strain.   When asked why he came to Delhi for this kind of manual labour, he said that he didn’t get employment throughout the year in his home district Malda, West Bengal which forced him to come to Delhi.  He further stated that he has some   land but not worth to be cultivated due to inadequate rains, coupled with insufficient irrigated water in the area.  

Suresh stands as a latest example of countless people who don't get adequate employment in their places throughout the year.  How he manages his life with some petty daily earnings of Rs.500/- is a million-dollar question.  Myself being fairly employed with five-digit salary is taking a bated breath to manage my house-budget.  But countless manual labourers like Suresh  do manage their lives and we must learn so much from them.

When I dwelt on Suresh's life,  immediately my heart became light as  Almighty showered his blessings abundantly on me as  I was not given the role of Suresh to play.   When I listened to his story, it not only soothed my nerves but I became a little more compassionate and gave Rs.10/ -  extra to the fare.  In a spur of moment, I further loosened my purse strings and gave a further of Rs.10/-   for contributing to this story, which had multiplied his joy and he thanked me with a pristine smile.  But I deeply thanked him back in my heart for unfolding a slice of his life which took me to next level in understanding my life!  

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