Salute to ‘slumdog millionaires’ for warming hearts of flood-hit Mumbaikars with tea, biscuits
Mumbai, Sep 1: Floods are a great leveller. The nature's fury doesn't distinguish between the rich and the poor, as we just saw during massive flooding of Mumbai recently that affected everyone.
However, what stands out in such a crisis-like situation is men's inherent quality to help each other to tide over all problems. As floodwaters entered residential areas, roads, railway tracks, airport and every nook and cranny of the Maximum city, the slum dwellers, the poorest of the poor, in Mumbai showed the world the true meaning of love, humanity and service to the mankind.
A tweet by business tycoon Anand Mahindra, who is the chairperson and managing director of the Mahindra Group, highlighted how slum dwellers of Mumbai served flood-affected people in the city that took an ugly turn on Tuesday due to massive rainfall.
In his tweet, Mahindra described how a friend of his stuck in a car to the airport for five hours in a flooded city road on Tuesday witnessed slum dwellers serving tea and biscuits to the stranded people.
And here in Mumbai,a friend stuck in a car to the airport for 5 hrs told me that slumdwellers came out to serve stranded people tea&biscuits https://t.co/tzhGobH28Q— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 30, 2017
The business tycoon's tweet was a reaction to an earlier tweet posted by BBC, where the British media house highlighted the story of night curfew being imposed in flood-affected Houston, United States, to avoid robbery and looting.
Clearly, Mumbai, where the rich and the poor have been staying together with great harmony since ages, is a total contrast of what is happening in Houston, where again floods have caused massive destruction and killed several people.
Both Houston and Mumbai are facing the scourge of floods, but it is the humanity and love showed by the people of Mumbai, especially the slum dwellers, that made all the difference.
So, cheers to the slum dwellers of the Maximum city, who in spite of all odds in their lives, have decided to help people in trouble on a day when city was almost drowned.
The story of slum dwellers helping people during floods reminded us about the Hollywood blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire, based on the lives of the people of Dharavi in Mumbai, one of the largest slums in the world, where some of the finest people reside.