127th recipient of help (livelihood bicycle) :
“Drive Hammered and Get Slammered!”
Sanjiv Kumar Nirmal (42)
Dhobi (Laundry service)
Sanjiv is from UP. He is educated till the fifth class, because his father could not afford to educate him any further. His father was a Dhobi too, working and living in Bandra west.
Sanjiv arrived in Mumbai when he was 12 years young, to help his father who was the sole bread winner. His younger brother is a Dhobi too, and his sister is married.
Sanjiv is married and has two sons. His brother’s daughter lives with him, he is her caretaker. He wants to educate her and only then get her married.
One son of his (10th class pass), resides with him in Mumbai, Bandra. His second son (12th class fail), works the fields as a farmer, and sometimes even as an agriculture labourer on fields belonging to others.
For a whole day’s labour in the fields, the wages he earns is Rs 100 to 150. And it is not every day that one finds work, because there are many seeking, chasing, the same jobs, the same limited resources.
The income from agriculture is neither adequate, because of the small size of their land holding, nor is it consistent, because of the frequent unpredictable moods of the weather.
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not;
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot;
We can only hope to weather the weather. Whatever be the weather.
Whether we like it or whether we not! The weather does not care.
Hmmmm. So, bad weather can be cruel. Her cruelty, however, is unintentionally.
Who else has the possibility or potential to be really cruel? Even though unintentional. Hmmmmmm Those who drink and drive?
I consider this species, drunk drivers, as “potential-criminals!” Potential psychopaths, is how a pal addressed them. These potential-criminals do not value the lives of others. Like most convicted criminals. Whether you sleep in castles or on pavements, you can become the target of the carelessness, arrogance, cruelty, and ‘criminality’ of a drunk-driver.
Even though they, and some who love them, may justify their (the drunk driver’s) act of ‘criminality’, or their act of inhumanity, as a pardonable ‘mistake’. Even though they harm you unintentionally, their guilt is punishable.
I wonder, how this species of beings can be, or remain, unaware that a drunk-head behind a vehicle wheel is nothing but a potential Maiming-and-Killing machine. They may deserve our understanding, our acceptance for their mistake, forgiveness, but not our sympathy if a human life has been lost due to their ignorance, arrogance, carelessness, or drunken-ness.
It is their victim, and his or her dependents, and the victim’s family that really does. However, strangely, sometimes the perpetrator gets the sympathy without the victims receiving any! You feel compassion, sympathy for drunk-drivers who committed a crime, good! I would balance it out by expressing sympathy, compassion, understanding, and prayers for the victim/s too. Amen.
All said and done, enough of ‘bol bachchan’ and gyan-baazi. If you drink and drive, you’re going to make someone cry. Possibly, many! Drive Hammered and Get Slammered!! Even if you a cop, a priest, a charity worker, a ruling politician or a celebrity.
Returning to our subject Sanjiv Dhobi, he approached us for assistance in purchasing a new bicycle because his old bicycle was stolen. I was curious to know how helpful some of his customers have been when he must have approached them for some help in the past.
Sanjiv was all praise for some of his customers. Whenever he has asked them for monetary assistance, of Rs 1000 to 2000, they obliged.
So, there are some who steal bikes. Then there are some who maim or kill people because of ‘mistakes’. And then there are many others who lift those lower down the food chain. And those who value the life and dignity of those who live on streets and pavements.
The world is pretty well balanced ya, I would like to think. Mostly she is. No wonder, Earth spins. Spinning away in joy of the privileged ‘spinning’ for the less privileged.
Thank you to Surabhi Shah and Natasha and Khurram Abdulla for purchasing a new bicycle for Sanjiv. Sanjiv contributed substantially towards the purchase.
And thank you to Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https//www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good discount and service on this bicycle.
(PS – Rs 3000 is what it takes to donate a new bicycle; yes, because the balance, 2000 to 2500, is contributed by the recipient. 🙂 )