The story that I’m about to share is about a mango street vendor in Jagatpuri in North Delhi and it happened over the last three days.
Phool Mian or Chhote was a street vendor who sold mangoes for a living through his pushcart. Three days back right in the middle of social distancing and the peak of the lockdown there was a ruckus nearby where two opposing groups got aggressive against each other and were being driven apart.
Chhote sensing trouble ran for cover by leaving his cart unattended when the crowd or the mob converged towards him. The crowd, on the other hand, sensed that Diwali was early realized that there was a tempting cart of juicy, yellow tasty mangoes lying unattended.
There is no bigger freeloader than a Delhiite and the crowd did not disappoint taking their pick with what they felt was fit. Grabbing mangoes what they could carry, stuffing them in their helmets, a few started shouting at the top of their voice to encourage others putting nearby vendors to shame with their energy.
All in all mangoes worth Rs 30,000 were stolen from Chhote and he was at a loss for words when NDTV reported this story on their website giving the bank details of the vendor for the readers to contribute whichever way they could.
Hundreds and thousands were collected and the total that accumulated in Chhote’s account was roughly Rs 8,00,000 and four people were arrested as well for their part in the mob mentality.
Chhote is a relieved man today and waits with bated breath to celebrate Eid with his family which is only a few hours away.
Happy Eid or Eid Mubarak to all and needless to add, it happens only in India.