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Poorest Santa on Earth

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Christmas brings so much joy for every one. Streets get lit up with lights and every tree is decorated as Christmas tree. Cakes and Cookies, Tarts and Fudges….joy and happiness Christmas brings to every one. In Kolkata, Park Street is the area where Christmas celebration is concentrated. It was Christmas Day and it was a holiday for me. From morning there was lot of excitement for me to meet my old college friends and also to taste the wine in church. I called up one of my friends and we set up a plan along with other close friend to have a get together in Park Street.

It was a fine evening and pleasant cold wind was blowing through the streets of Kolkata. I reached Park Street around 5 PM and found every body was waiting for me. After a long time we met so we were all very happy. We decided to celebrate our evening in a fine Restaurant. We reached an Italian Restaurant and enjoyed Pizza, Lasagnia and Risottos. We also enjoyed Chivas Regal and lots of drinks. We have a long chat. It was so pleasing moment that I didn’t noticed it was almost 9 PM and my mom is waiting for me. We paid the bill and left the place.

Outside the restaurant I saw lots of people standing wearing dress of Santa Claus. Some were even dressed like Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Donald. The owner of the hotel has recruited them for the entertainment of guests and kids. I was about to leave the place when one of the Santa Claus came to me and wished me saying Merry Christmas my son. I also greeted him. Then he asked me to give some tips to him. I laughed and tried to crack a joke saying “Santa you are asking for something from me!!!…???. It is expected that you are going to gift me what I need.” He laughed. He told me “Sir I am the poorest Santa of this world who can’t even feed his own child properly”. I asked him his name. He replied as Robert Gomes. He was a tall man in his early thirties. From his name appeared that he is a Christian.

For Christian, Christmas is the most important festival. I asked him dear instead of enjoying the day with your family what you are doing here. He told me that he used to work in a jute mill. But now since the mill is closed he had to do this type of job to feed his family. Christmas is the day when he is going to earn maximum amount. On this day how can he afford to be at home? His little girl has wished for a doll in this Christmas but he can’t afford it to buy. Robert told me that if every thing works fine then he can get a doll for her by Easter. His wife works as ladies tailor and earn 20 rupees per day. His little child Sara has never seen a good cake. The couple is trying hard to educate her.

I was thinking “Robert! My dear friend there is lot of people like you in this world. Christmas brings joy for every one. Jesus blesses every one with his blessings. But dear in every Christmas you are gifted with a new dress. A Santa dress.

You are the real Santa who gifts happiness to all guests’ children. But on the other hand you are the most unlucky Santa who cannot even gift a small piece of cake to your own daughter. Jesus you died for humanity for human cause. Is this the world you wanted to be?…

Jute mills are daily shunted down and lots of Roberts lost in the midst of happiness in the light of Christmas and masses of Park Street.”

I was just listening to him. I can’t even utter a word. My friends called me and asked me to move. Robert told me “Sir your friends are calling you. Enjoy Christmas. Blessings from Santa…. HoHoHo…. Jingle Bell Jingle Bell…” I know that mere 100 rupees cant bring happiness in his life but a piece of cake can bring a little smile on little Sara’s face. Love you Daughter….may Jesus Love you like me…Amen!!!. I got hurt by heart and told my friends I will go to my home alone. But I didn’t go immediately. I moved to a bar got some drinks and moved to nearby Christian Graveyard and sat on grave and puffed some cigarettes. I was sitting quietly when I saw a mass of people along with a dead body came mourning and crying. It was a hell day for me. I left that place and moved to my home.

My advice to kids and their parents all around the world “Before throwing a piece of cake just because it has less cream or less raisins or before smashing a doll because it had became old…think twice. There are lots of Saras around you …who can get delighted on your thrown items.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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Ambarish Pandeyhttp://www.pak-times.com
Ambarish Pandey is currently working for PricewaterhouseCoopers PVT. LTD. in India, Kolkata. He is a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Division of the firm. He holds Engineering degree from Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur, India's second oldest Engineering college. Besides Developing websites and other software jobs he loves to blog on Women, Minority Issues. His hobbies are Cooking, Collectibles and Archeology(Egyptology), Bengal's & Punjab's History... His book on cookery in Bengali under title "Hesel"(Kitchen) has been published in India.
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  1. Yes why not…..we can fight……we can quarell…we can blame each other….we can throw bombs and give war threats…..we can fight in the name of religion….we can divide a country in the name of religion…..we can smash humanity..we can help childs to become orphan……and trust me!!! yes for i am sure …if we continue this thing …our world will be a jannat…..and then we can sing:
    Heal the world make it better place……thanks to Michael Jackson….for this jokeful song.
    If u need more advice on smashing humanity…please mail me..i will give u more tips.

  2. I have to agree and the answer to your questions is yes we can do a lot if we start thinking about others instead of being too much obsessed with our own lives. In the struggle to get to the top and to achieve the best, we sometimes forget what we are and for what purpose Allah created us and the purpose is much larger then our little ambitions. That is one reason Allah termed us as Ashraaful Makhlooqat (the best of its kind).
    Rubab! I have a simple idea which i would like to share on an e mail. Do think about it.

  3. Junaid JI….you are right…..but the thing is that when we see or read all this stories…..we become emotional….and take oath that we will help this masooms….but after some time when we return to our normal life we just simply forget or ignore the oath that we have taken. Sticking to our own oath is very difficult.

  4. Dear Rubab,
    In this life we have, we live it for ourselves. We have become so cruel, so selfish & so arrogant that we have forgotten who we are? What is expected of us? Life is about prosperity – yours & everyone around you – We can make a change if we start doing so from our own corners. That is how goodness spreads. One Good Deed deserves another. We can make this world into disease free, hunger free, war free, hatred free & free from all evils if we start loving eachother without judging eachother. Just imagine how many lives we can save? Hatred feeds more hatred. We know what is the solution but we still don’t do anything.

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