Sunday, February 15, 2009
BLIND MAN, MOHAMMED BASHEER!
He was walking unsteadily with the help of a cane on MG Road near Perumanoor. He walked towards a ditch and I looked at him in horror. But with the help of his cane he avoided it. He tried to cross the road and banged himself on to a parked van. He steadied himself and started walking into Alapat Cross Road. He had lottery tickets in his hand.
I wanted to pick up a conversation with him. When he came to a shady place,
I said, ” Hello! I want to buy a ticket from you.” He stopped and took out a ticket.
I started talking to him and found out the following details .His name is Mohammed Basheer, a Muslim by religion. He is from Kalavoor in Alleppey District. His married and has two children. Kalavoor is about 60Km from Kochi. He sits near the Kerala Beverages Corporation retail outlet in Alapatt Cross Road. He earns about Rs.200($4) a day after meeting all his expenses.
While I was talking to him, I could see he was becoming impatient. Obviously, he was tired walking all the way from the bus stop. I asked him if he will take Rs.10 from me even if I did not buy his lottery ticket. He told me that it is my wish. So I gave him Rs.10, said bye to him and walked away
Here is an honest man. Although he has no eyes, he is not complaining. He is not begging. He doing his own business and earning a livelihood in a decent way. He doesn’t mind traveling alone all the distance every day. He is fulfilling his responsibility to his family without thinking of the hardships he has to undergo.A special,outstanding man with iron will and fantastic determination. A man to be admired and applauded by all of us.
God bless him and his family. .