28th recipient of livelihood bicycle – ‘….the tumor on my neck paralyzed my entire body; within a year I was bedridden and jobless.’
Name: Rajkishore Varma.
Village – UP;
Trade – vendor of Paan, beedi, supari in Bandra and Khar west.
Rajkishore migrated to Mumbai in mid 1980’s because their land could not provide crops enough to feed and educate his family, he has been selling goods on a bicycle ever since. He has two sons, one is in school, the daughter is college educated and ready for marriage.
The most challenging time he faced was sometime around 1990 his body was totally paralyzed due to a misdiagnosed tumor on his neck; eventually some great doctors at a hospital in Lucknow operated on him and got rid of it before it became cancerous, and gradually over a few weeks he recovered his normal bodily motions and functions.
Thanks to Zulekha Shariff and Atif Parker for donating this new Hercules to Rajkishore; Rajkishore in exchange gave us his very old bicycle which we donated to a teen from Rajasthan who arrived in Mumbai less than a week ago.
Thank you Siddharth Vora of Kohinoor Cycles for the good discount and service.