He wastes nothing

By Reader Contribution

Have you ever seen the dogs on your street jump up, wag their tails in excitement and run to hug the litter collector who works in your area? I have. Dakshinamoorthy is the Sembakkam Panchayat’s litter collector whose routine is to feed all the community dogs every morning when he is on duty. He starts as early as 6.30 a.m.

We call him the pied piper of Rajakilpakkam. What’s heart warming about his story is not just his popularity amongst the four-legged ones but the means he uses to do what he does. He never wastes any of the food or bread loaves collected from various houses or bakeries in our area.

Instead, he makes an effort to divide them into equal quantities and offer it to all the homeless dogs. He is a true champion of this cause and makes sure that he at least guarantees them one meal a day.

Even though I feed these dogs on the way to work and on my way back home, the tiny tots don’t even give me a second glance if Dakshinamoorthy is around. The ever-smiling man often tells me proudly that “they have all eaten”. I can sense the exuberance and satisfaction he feels when he says those words.

We are told that charity begins at home and Dakshinamoorthy is our live example, doing whatever he is capable of, his financial status notwithstanding. I draw inspiration from his choices. Offering even a handful of food to a cat, dog or a crow is a process so rewarding that it’s hard to describe. After all, helping animals is a way to stay close to God.

Compiled by Mahalakshmi Parthasarathy. mahaaparthasarathy@gmail.com


2 Responses to “He wastes nothing”

  1. chachu on July 3rd, 2009 2:30 pm

    Atleast he is doing some good rather than wasting his life. Nice work Dakshinamoorthy.

  2. aravindha bharathy on July 19th, 2009 6:02 pm

    it is heartening to know that still humanity is alive among this “hifi softwares- only money making-hatred” world. carry on sir.

    service to animalkind as well as mankind may continue.

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