Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sekar the Birdman of Chennai

This story, in its entirety, appeared on the Bringing Humanity Back website, August 5, 2015. Bringing Humanity Back is an initiative sponsored by the Bollywood actor Varun Pruthi. (Gently edited for consistency and clarity):

Camera mechanic feeds up to 3,000 parrots every day. He spends 40% of his income for feeding up to 3,000 parrots two times a day, In ten years, he might have missed a meal, but never let these parrots miss a meal,

His name is Sekar the Birdman. In this fast moving world, we find space for cold coffees, bling cars, blockbuster movies, end of the season sales, crazy selfies and more. But do we find space for KINDNESS? ‘Impatience’ being the new lifestyle, the rhythm of humanity is missing the beat of kindness, as it is busy catching up with the next second. But somehow, as in all matters of heart, love does find its space through all the situations. Such one inspiring story of Love and Kindness is “THE BiRDMAN”, a documentary of a person named Sekar, living in Chennai on the small yet crowded street of Royepettah. There is something that makes him large, magnificent and, most importantly, humane. How a random act of kindness can bring so much life and so much change to this world stands vividly in his acts. Apart from being a simple camera mechanic winning his bread by his hand skills, what he has been doing for the past ten years will stun you, just the way it stunned us. Take a look!

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