“People say that the life of a man gets miserable because of the fights with his mother and wife. But trust me when I tell you that these are the two women who make a man’s life worth living.
I lost my doting mother to death and soon after her, I lost my wife. I was devastated, drowning in an ocean of sorrow with nothing to hold on to. Even my sweet daughter reminded me of my wife. I couldn’t stand to live with just her memories. The town didn’t feel like home anymore.
Leaving my daughter in the care of my brother, I took a thousand rupee note and walked out of that house, that town. I was headed to Chennai to start something small and make a living out of it. November 2016, I reached Chennai and it amazed me. Unfortunately, upon talking to people I realized that the 1000 and 500 rupee notes were banned. I was shaken. That was all that I had with me to feed me, to earn a living, and to even stay alive. I wandered around aimlessly for a few days, and then when hunger got the better of me, I started to beg. I am from Tirupur and have a huge loving family there. I never had a shortage of wealth, love, or happiness in the family. One can still see the mark of the gold bracelet I wore all my life, on my hand. But today, I am here a beggar living in rags in Chennai, after I left my daughter in the care of my brother and family.
I now visit the Mylapore temple once or twice a week, ask for alms, and go back to Mylapore railway station. People are very sweet and polite to me. They call me “Dhadi” referring to my long beard. I get chatty with them too and that gives me happiness.”
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