To beat the heat, Tousif Rahman, 29, a resident of Alimuddin Street in Kolkata, has temporarily installed a refrigerator on a pavement to offer free drinking water to passers-by.
Kolkata: Pictures or videos of camel rides in the form of memes are going viral all over social media. People are saying that Kolkata has turned into some Arab country amid the ‘feels like 45°C’ notifications and walking down a street during the morning hours now literally feels like being sucked up by the sun with a straw like in the television commercial of Glucon D.
And to beat this heat, Tousif Rahman, 29, a resident of Alimuddin Street in Kolkata, has temporarily installed a refrigerator on a pavement to offer free drinking water to passers-by.
With 40 bottles in offering, the refrigerator has now turned into a community service with not only Rahman filling the bottles but people of the locality too taking turns to ensure that the refrigerator never runs out of water.
Speaking to thetheorist.in, Rahman says, “It hardly takes Rs 600 to Rs 700 a month for the electricity to run the refrigerator and I am willing to shell out that amount from my own pocket.”
Rahman’s actions prove that rather than waiting for authorities to do things for society, each one of us can do little something to make the world a better place to live. According to locals, Rahman has also been providing free food to the needy for a year now without the help from any politician or local authority.
According to him, “It feels good to do something for the people, so I do it. These things bring me closer to people and that is my happiness.” On Twitter, Rahman’s efforts have been widely lauded even on Twitter and has received accolades from a lot of people.
In the month of Ramzan, Rahman’s initiative has literally helped people think in a new way and has once again reminded us “Manush, manusher jonnye, jibon, jiboner jonnye, ektu shohanubhuti ki manush pete pare na? o bondhu! (Humans are for humans, life is for life. Can a human not expect a little empathy? O’ Friend!” a line from a song sung by legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.