When I see young people with no disability, begging on the streets, I feel disappointed thinking of how what they are doing could be so wrong, so ungrateful to the healthy bodies they have been blessed with. That could be the reason why Radhakrishnan's will to work to make a living makes me respect him so much. At 70, he has nothing but a tray to place the cigarettes he sells on, a leaking umbrella that does not really help anymore, two or three bottles of candy, a plastic sheet to protect his ware when it rains, and a heart full of hope that helps him smile at every customer, lighting up their cigarettes with his old hands.
Radhakrishnan has no family, no home and no shop. He makes hardly 30-40 rupees a day after keeping aside what he needs to purchase the cigarettes he would sell the next day. With this money, he is sometimes lucky enough to be able to afford two meals a day at a shop that gives him those meals for the subsidised price of 20. At night, he sleeps outside a temple, and despite all of this, has not given up on life or hope.
He wishes to set up a small shop so that he can afford a decent living. All he wants is to not have to close down his shop, set up on a single tray every time it rains.
For a lot of us, the amount mentioned would probably not suffice for a month's expenses, but for this old man, this amount could be the doorway to his dream. Let's help Radhakrishnan keep hoping and keep smiling!