Things that may be useless for the rich may be useful for the poor. Many such items are used by the poor as they cannot afford purchasing new one.
Rajendra, a ragpicker, was picking rags around railway track near
Kalyan railway station, as usual. His eyes were minutely examining the wastes spread here and there for something useful for him that can be sold for money. Plastic bottles, other plastic items, paper etc. were in demand in kabari shop. Even glass bottles were money fetching. He was stuffing such items in his sack. So he was in search of such items that will fetch him some money. In fact a few items in garbage were bread fetcher for him. His eyes were very curiously scanning everything there. Suddenly he observed a brown hand bag lying at some distance. “It must be some useful thing thrown out by some rich person”, he thought. Things that may be useless for the rich may be very useful for the poor. He had received a pair of sports shoes thrown on garbage dump which was to some extent usable for him. Again many such items that are thrown by the rich, are used by the poor as they cannot afford purchasing new one.
He strolled fast in the direction where the bag was lying, fearing other ragpickers may get it, and picked up the bag.
However, no other ragpicker was present there, yet he was not in a mood to lose the bag to any of his competitors. The bag was in good condition except its handle, which appeared to be torn off due to excess pressure. Part of handle was still attached to the bag. “It may be used by getting repaired by a cobbler”, he thought. There were three columns in the bag. He unzipped the middle column of the bag, making sure that no one was watching him. To his surprise, there was a lot of money
There was a bundle of notes kept there. He counted the notes one by one. There were 16 currency notes of Rs. 2000 put at one place. Besides two cards were there, one credit card and another debit card lying in a beautiful card holder made of steel and leather. He became very happy at least for currency notes because he might have used it very easily. He was aware that cards were not useful for him as PIN was needed for using them. At the same time he was not aware of how to use these cards. He has heard that someone in his vicinity was arrested by the police for using stolen card of someone else. There are ways with the police to know where the card was used and with the help of CCTVs they trace the culprit. So cards, in his opinion were risky to use. Cash and other small items like some cosmetics etc. would be very useful for his wife.
His heart was filled with joy. He rushed towards his home. But suddenly he stopped. A thought came to his mind. The lady who had lost her bag must be very aggrieved for this loss. God knows for what purpose she had kept such a big amount. May be someone in need of medical help or otherwise. Now in lieu of rushing towards home he directed himself to railway station. The money in the bag was not going to last for ever but he must have guilty feeling whole life for keeping it with him. He directly went to station master’s cabin to deposit the bag.
He handed over the bag to station master and said, “Sir, while picking rags, I have found this lying beside railway track.”
“Okay, please sit down”, said station master.
Another gentleman was also