Life is not fair – everyone knows that, including Kawsar Hossain who became a beggar after losing an arm due to an accident. But he recently went viral after netizens learned that he saved money for 2 years just to buy his helpful daughter a dress.
In a viral post shared by photographer GMB Akash of India, the beggar narrated:
“Yesterday, I was able to buy a new dress for my daughter after two years. While I handed sixty pieces of five taka note to the seller, he yelled at me by asking if I am a beggar. My daughter held my hand and cried to leave the shop by saying that she did not want to buy any dress. I wept off her tears with one hand.
Yes, I am a beggar. Ten years ago I had never thought in my nightmares that I have to live by begging from people. The night coach fell from the bridge and unbelievably I was alive. I was alive by becoming a disable. My youngest son often ask me where had I left my other hand.
And my daughter Sumaiya feed me every day by saying she knows how difficult it is to do all work with one hand.”
While many of us take for granted having money to buy clothes, such things are already considered a luxury to the poor family.
But because Sumaiya was a very kind daughter who takes care of him, the disabled dad thought it would be great to return the favour by buying her something fancy – a lovely dress.
“After two years my daughter is wearing a new dress, that’s why today I brought her with me to play for some time. May be I will not be able to earn anything today, but I wanted to roam around with my little girl. I secretly borrowed this mobile phone from my neighbor without informing my wife. My daughter has no picture and I want to make this day memorable for her.”
Kawsar admits feeling ashamed that he’s a beggar, especially when he sees his daughter looking at him with pity each time he extends his good hand to ask for money but it’s the only way he could feed his family. Jobs are hard to come by in India, especially for those who are differently abled.
Now I will go for begging. I will place my daughter in a signal where she will wait for me. I will look at her from distant while begging. I feel shame while she looks at me when I lend my one hand to others. But she never leaves me alone. Because there are big cars, she thinks accident can happen again, these cars could run on me and I would die…
In someday I do not get any money, on those days we return to home silently. On those days I feel like to die but at night when my children fall in sleep by holding me I feel being alive is not a bad thing. Only bad is when my daughter waits for me in the signal by keeping her head down. When I cannot look at her eye while begging.
But even beggars have pride – and their children will always be a source of joy. After he was finally able to buy his daughter a dress, the happy dad said:
But today is different. Because today my daughter is very happy. Today this father is not a beggar. Today this father is a king and here is his princess.
Isn’t this a touching story? Truly, a father’s love knows no bounds!