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Micro Tales #27

Bishnu Debnath

With this opportunity, I would like to share one incident when I helped a needy person during December 2020. At the time, I was travelling with my friends in Kolkata by train. When we stopped at the station, a very thin, tall person came. He was very weak and looked as if he had not eaten anything since a long while, possibly many days. When we looked at him, he started crying and begged for money. He said that he was a migrant worker and did not have the money to travel back to his house. He was unable to find any work and hence had no money for meals or for a shelter. He used to live under the flyover in the scorching heat of summers. He truly looked like he was very needy at the moment and no one was willing to support him. We had some biscuits in our bag. We gave it to him and donated some money to him so that he could afford going back to his village and get help. After receiving all this, his eyes were filled with tears and he thanked us a lot. He said that there are very few people in this world who are ready to help the needy so selflessly. He gave us blessings and went away. I felt really proud and happiness spread in me. Indian migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic have faced multiple hardships. It is our duty to help them however we can.

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