Beggar…

As I stood on the platform of the New Delhi Railway station,waiting eagerly for my train to arrive, a beggar on the platform caught my attention… Umn, rather, pity… He seemed very old aged. Both of his legs were amputated, and so was one of his hands. A rough, wooden platform on wheels made his movement possible, which he managed to drag by the use of his one hand (that was intact). He paused at one person, then another, eagerly waiting for a good response, but no one bothered. They were too busy otherwise.

As he grabbed the foot of a man who was busy attending a call, and was taken unawares, his suitcase accidentally dropped on the back of the panhandler. His amputated hand had probably started to pain, which he held tightly with his intact hand. His pain was visible in his manners, for I realized that he was speech~impaired. The man scolded him hard and went away. After composing himself, the beggar again started with his job. When he came to me, I searched for some change in my handbag, but I found none. So I gave him a fifty~rupee note, it being the smallest I had. 

Suddenly some incense smell caught my attention. I turned about to find that it was a boy, who probably seemed not more than 25 years of age. He was dressed like a saint. His hair were neatly combed and the forehead shone brightly with crimson powder. He held a utensil, along with incense sticks, and some photographs of holy gods. The utensil had some fifty rupee notes, while the others were of hundred, and not to mention the coins in change. He forwarded the utensil to me and told me that if I donated money, then I would attain salvation, be happy in my entire life and get whatever I wanted. I smiled at him, joined hands and bowed in front of the gods and gestured for him to leave.

As he went through and through the platform, eventually,  his utensil got filled with so much money, that he had to extinguish the incense sticks to make some space… He put back the half~burnt incense in his pocket…

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74 thoughts on “Beggar…

  1. For me helping a person who is physically impaired is priority too especially if he is aged and its really difficult for him to manage a sourc of income… Where as giving money to a young person who can easily do any work to get sustainable amount of money to live is just like pouring water in an ocean …
    People should realize that if they have the potential then they should not waste it but doing these kind of errands on the other hand they should contribute to the welfare of the country and society☺

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  2. What some see others don’t, rehabilitation of such people should indeed be made a priority in society, it’s everyone’s responsibility. Giving alms may get him through one day, but life never stops there. I really hope you could do something like contacting some people who are engaged in rehabilitation services etc. We really are the bearers of change that we want to see in this world 🙂 Plus I really appreciate you in sharing it. May God bless all.

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  3. This is a very typical situation in our country! We Indians have this very unfortunate habit of assuming every unfortunate (poor and unfit) person to be a fraud but at the same time don’t even bother to think that even people carrying the tag of Godliness can be frauds.
    Like depicted in the movie PK, people are happy to be afraid of God but not ready to help the needy. We don’t realise that helping a needy is a noble deed too!

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  4. As I read the wonder of your writings I think, this teenager is not lost only inexperienced. Yours will be a journey of opening of doors and when finding each treasure hidden behind them to joyful share what you have found.

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  5. Hey
    Thank you for taking the time to step on over to Love Relaished Ink. It’s wonderful to have your whimsical soul as a new companion on my long and winding road.
    From what I have seen of your blog so far, I’ve no doubt you are already finding writing a totally engaging and personally fulfilling experience. I hope the pleasurable company of words will always flow and follow you as you flow following the flow of your flowing path flowing into the wide blue yonder, and flow onwards towards the adventures that follow the flow beyond that…
    Best wishes. Take care always in all ways for always.
    Namaste

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  6. So interesting – have read your blogpost & the comments – so good to have a window into another culture, and find that young people feel the same across the world & culutral/religious boundaries. My children (adults now) would feel the same as you. Namaste (I learned that in yoga class – it’s great word!)

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  7. I would have been struck by the dichotomy. Which is the path to salvation. Which way the more difficult. One offers hope for yourself and the other offers you humanity. Which is the better course? Do you give to both and hedge your bets or only to one? If I’m being cynical then they are both beggars, the younger merely puts on the better show. If I give in to Intuition then it is a clearly presented choice between two positions in opposition. Is the boy favored because of his many gifts or is he merely the easier choice. The beggar on the board is the one in clearer need. It seems a clear sign of the universe opening and presenting two paths. But where do they lead?

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    1. Your comment is more astounding than my babble!
      As in my opinion, giving money to a young boy, who is clearly in the state of earning it as well, too in the name of religion, doesn’t lead to salvation.
      Definitely not!
      Back to the amputated panhandler, I think that he was definitely the one in more need of money. But, again we hear of rackets which forcefully make them amputated, to win over the sympathy of people. So, it’s quite deep rooted. Some may even think that it is me who is encouraging them by alms~giving. But, what if the man is genuinely needy?
      One better option could be to provide him food, that would atleast last him a few days, if not erase his misery.
      Nevertheless, thanks a lot for reading and sharing your feedback. Your last question had a catch.. and it’s the essence of it all👍

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      1. I think whether the man is a part of some racket that amputates limbs to inflame sympathy is a side issue. Because, it leads us to the question: What state is a man’s life that the mutilation of his body is a viable option to persue in order to preserve his life? Think of the decision making process. Would you lose a limb to save the life of your family? Yes, of course. What if it was to feed them for a month of hard times? Maybe. What if it was to merely survive one more day in this world? If he made such a choice then his is the greater sacrifice and the obvious choice to receive benefit. Not because the practice is not abhorrent. It is that. But to elevate a man with the will to make that decision. And either way, his is the greater need. Again being cynical, if it is some kind of racket then they are both a part of it. Working different ends of the spectrum.
        Broader social views aside, this is about people, individuals. We must act as individuals in that moment. If you then choose to act on a larger scale then consider the wider social consequences, but one on one each act is a human interaction. That is the scope, that is the scale.
        I apologize if I offend due to the forcefulness of my opinion.

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      2. No definitely not!
        I respect your individual view…
        But just that in most cases the amputation is carried out at a very small age, when the victim doesn’t even have a choice. I suggest you watch the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Also, the victim has little choice to run away as he is being continuously being watched.

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  8. What poignant write. The case is all the same even here in my place, Sigh. I still do hold my tiny thread of faith in humanity. Maybe one day, someday, we’d see a better day.

    P.S. Happy to meet a kind-hearted soul in you, Himanshi. 🙂

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  9. Himanshi, you are a wonderful writer for someone so young! Keep at it and follow your dreams. Your reach should always exceed your grasp! Thank you so much for following my blog – I am very honored. And do stop by any time!

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  10. I’m a Christian, Himanshi. Jesus tells us in the Bible we receive many more blessings is we help those who can’t give us something in return. Those who just walked away will probably be old some day and need help. They’ll no doubt have plenty of free time then to think about what they’ve done or not done to be in God’s favor. Thank you for sharing. —- Suzanne

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  11. Thank you so much for this beautiful narrative and life lesson. For me, it reminds me that but for the grace of God there am I. It is a reminder of the Biblical story of the righteous asking, When Lord did we she you, hunger or naked or sick and not come to minister to you? I always love this answer, “When you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me!!! Something to consider????

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