Many of us saw her picture in social networking sites. I finally met her. Just outside the Exide Haldiram Crossing near Rabindra Sadan Metro Station.
She was sitting and selling papad (1 packet for Rs 10).
This old and frail lady in her mid 80’s, has a paralyzed son at home, is the only earning member of the family and definitely too proud to beg. Her clean clothes and sophisticated manners hints galore the unspoken stories of her past aristocracy.
One well dressed man took one packet of papad from her, gave her Rs 100 and vanished quickly in the crowd before she even got a better look at how much he has paid. He is not an exception, I observed people keep buying stuffs from her regularly even though they may not actually use them.
Felt proud that hearts still beat and bleed in this ‘City of Joy’ and all of us have not turned into stones yet.
Source Credits: Soumita Das