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This Granny is a Hero : Smt Shila Ghosh from Calcutta…

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Shila Ghosh : a lady 83 years old who lives at pali in West Bengal. Every evening she comes from Pali to kolkata to sell the fries.The pedestrians out of respect buy the fries from her. After lung cancer took away her only son from her 5 years back,to make ends meet she works.Her nephew aged 30 works as a mover on meagre wages in pali. When asked if she has a problem in travelling,she weakly smile ans says “No,the bus gets me here and my health is not that bad”.She earns 400 rupees per day but still it is less for her family of four.Circumstances could have easily forced her to beg but her dignity and respect is everything for her,she would work till the end of her life rather than beg on the streets. When we go on complaining she has chose to solve her problems on her own for as they say God helps them those who help themselves.She is a determined women and deserves our respect.

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Hearts meet and melt on a city pavement 

Shila Ghosh sells chips on the pavement in front of Haldiram at the Exide crossing. (Rashbehari Das)

Here’s to the spirit of Calcutta, alive and kicking in the grit of an 83-year-old selling savouries on a pavement, the compassion of a college girl passing by and the response of strangers to a Facebook post for support.

Octogenarian Shila Ghosh changes two buses to reach the Exide crossing on Chowringhee Road from Bally, in Howrah, every afternoon to sell chips on the pavement outside Haldiram till the flow of the homebound-crowd ebbs.Her breadwinner son died of a heart ailment around six months ago and she needs the money — around Rs 150 on an average for an evening’s toil — to supplement her grandson’s meagre earnings from odd jobs.

College girl Sufia Khatoon didn’t know Shila’s story, but would often pause to watch her from a distance and wonder what circumstances might have forced a woman older than her grandmother to spend evenings working.

Sufia felt she needed to do something about it. A Facebook post later, 22 other Samaritans converged on the busy junction around 5.30pm last Friday to surprise Shila with “a small donation”.

Shila, stooping of body but upright of mind, had a bigger surprise for them.“She accepted the Rs 1,600 we had mobilised for her but declined further monetary help. She told us she wanted to earn a living rather than live off donations,” Sufia recalled.

If the group was still willing to help her, Shila said she would rather they set up a kiosk for her. “Aami paari….Bus dhore chole aashi eikhane. Bus-ta barir samne nabiye dyay. Bikri kore chole jaye (I am capable of earning my bread. I come here and return by bus, it drops me in front of my house),” she told Metro.

Last heard, the list of Shila admirers had swelled, each member eager to ease her strain without making her feel she was dependent on anyone.

“We are dealing with someone very strong in the mind. I believe the initiative should not end with donating some money. We need to find a long-term solution to problems faced by people like Shila,” said Sanjay Dutta, a 42-year-old Park Circus businessman.

Amitava Sinha Chaudhury, a 20-year-old college student who had responded to Sufia’s post and turned up at the Exide crossing on Friday, said it would be an insult to Shila if people offered her “alms”.

“Mashi (aunt)’s never-say-die spirit should be respected. We bought almost half her stock of chips that day to help her without making her feel we were doing her a favour,” Amitava said.

Please read the complete article written by SHUBHI TANDON  and published in The Telegraph

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Hope you read the above content completely. What is you first reaction after reading about Smt Shila Ghosh. If Shila ji can take ownership of her life, bring it back to control and maintain her life after such a disaster with grace and dignity at this old age of 83…why cannot we take charge of our life and lead it with grace 🙂

So next time, you feel low think about this Hero Granny Shila Ghosh and charge your life with loads of optimism.

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu



A fearless Czarina and Shameless optimist who lives life by her own rules

6 thoughts on “This Granny is a Hero : Smt Shila Ghosh from Calcutta…

  1. Years ago, when our family would go on vacations, my grandfather (this was when he was alive) would never let me carry his bags. Even though I was a strong, energetic teenager and was ready to help my own grandfather, his blood pressure would rise when I tried to help him. I guessed, he thought I was treating him like a weakling. But npw, here’s this Granny from Calcutta who shows the same spirit. Personally, I think it’s crazy that she refuses the help. Our elders have been teaching us all throughout our lives how we youngsters should help our elders… but here’re cases when the youngsters try to help, and the help is rejected. What Shila Ghosh and my grandfather have shown in old age deserves an applause and more, but I do not understand part of it completely. I guess comprehension will dawn on my unwise mind when I get to that age.

  2. @prick: appreciate the thought u have put up here. but ask urself one question, when u earn ur salary at the end of a hard month, how does it feel. makes u feel nice and self dependent right?? if yes, then think about this, would u like to depend on others who help u once in a while rather than earning your own money everyday??? same is the case for this strong willed lady.. if u really want to help, then try and change the system which speaks of being a result of strong indian values and thoughts but does not want to take care of it’s elderly and weak… remember everyone: there will come a time when we will be this old as well… just pray to God that if we are unfortunate in life atleast he gives us the capacity and heart to live with decency and self respect.. i wish i could help her the way others are making an effort…

  3. very heart touching and inspiring… really sad that she has to work at this age.i really appreciate your work for people like this woman.

  4. Hi, Please correct one important thing in your story about Smt. Shila Ghosh. She lives in Bally, not Pali. I live in Konnagar, only 6 km from Bally area and I had been co-passenger for last 9-10 yrs. in the bus (Route No.3) she travels and not only I, but all other passengers including bus-conductors know her for her cordial, hearty and sweet behaviour even before she became famous in media and social-media sites. I pray for her wellness. Thanks

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