One often ends up finding kindness and compassion in the unlikeliest people and difficult circumstances.
Such was the case when Baburam Morbu fell off a moving train in Mumbai. Help came to him in the form of a 27-year-old visually impaired flute-playing beggar.
Baburam, who was aboard the Konark Express, fell onto the platform as the train was pulling into Dadar station on Monday afternoon.
It was around the same time that Salim Shaikh, who plays the flute as a livelihood near the station, had come for lunch at a food stall nearby.
“Around 3.45pm, I came on the platform to pick up my lunch when I heard a loud thud as if someone fell on the platform. Then there was commotion, and the food stall owner confirmed that a passenger had fallen from a moving train,” Salim told the Times of India.
Though the incident had created quite a commotion, no one came forward to help the poor man or even call the railway helpline. Baburam, who was visibly injured after falling off a general compartment coach, was quite stunned by the incident.
He was still lying down on the platform – and being only gawked at by the rest – when Salim decided to intervene.
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Wasting no time, he called Dadar RPF inspector Satish Menon, who rushed the man to the emergency medical room. Though there were no external injuries, Baburam’s fall had broken his hip for which he was later transferred to the general hospital in Sion.
“I am happy that I was able to save a life,” said the kind man, who lives in Kalyan.
Had it not been for the empathy of the blind beggar, when every other person chose to ignore an injured man, Baburam would have ended up worse or even possibly dead.