The remarkable Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One afternoon The Delhi Walla saw two young men walking towards the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in central Delhi. Their arms were around each other’s shoulders.
One of the men was in a blue T-shirt and green towel. The other was in a blue kurta and brown trousers – there was something hanging around his neck. It was a laminated ‘Disability Certificate for Handicapped Person’ issued by the Government of West Bengal.
The man in towel said, “I met this blind man a few nights ago. I’m from Kashmir. I recently came to Delhi. I’m looking for work. I live on the roadside.”
The other man said, “I’m from Bengal. I cannot see. He helps me walk around the area.”
The Kashmiri man said, “I’m escorting him to the dargah where he would get some money from the pilgrims, after which I will go in search of work.”
The two men then stepped into Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s dargah. It was a beautiful moment.
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