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A garbage man and his silence…

Afshan Khan for BeyondHeadlines

I know a man who is not hated by all, but at the same time, he is also not loved by all. People miss him badly only when the air in their cozy homes is rented by the awful smell of garbage.

Yes! I am talking about the garbage man.

Imagine! If he wouldn’t have been there, then we had to take off the garbage’s everyday to the dumping sites.

In short, everyone need these people because they help us to maintain cleanliness. Despite an important role they play, abuses and their presence is still considered as unpleasant in our society.

I think that they deserve respect and love in the real sense but the reality is totally opposite. We really need to change our perspective towards them.

Coming back to my locality, there is a garbage man, who is quite  punctual at his work and usually does not utter a single word. He collects the refuses from people’s homes everyday and charges around Rs 80 a month. This amount is not paid to him directly, instead it is paid to a man whom he calls “Maalik”.

Yesterday, I was on my way to university. As I was passing through the narrow street, I heard two women gossiping,”Look at this man! He is a Koodawala but has an attitude. He too takes a leave on Sunday!”.Another lady standing beside her started laughing loudly as if she cracked a joke.

I always notice this man avoiding people’s queries.

I heard him speaking only once, when he said a single sentence to a man,”Maalik ne paisa nahi diya hai”.(The owner has not paid the amount)

Since that day, I always think that why does he remain silent all the time.

Don’t he gets frustrated by the noisy voices of men and women shouting at him all the time?

I try to observe him every day, but feel helpless because his face looks pale and it is difficult  to understand when does he feel joyous, angry ,satisfied or even dissatisfied.

I wonder how can he be so patient. Is it possible that the very essence of garbage has killed his emotions? What is there in those trashes which gives him patience? Does it provide him some kind of positivity or it is so dangerous that it kills him from inside?


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