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The view deters human beings squatting for meals in front of hotels through the lanes of Matia Mahal, demanding my internal peace, raising the question of our responsibility closer to humanity.
Matia Mahal’s avenue begins from the West Gate (Gate No.1) of Delhi’s famous and historic Jama Masjid. It’s lined with more than one restaurant promoting Mughlai delicacies.


“These are destitute, laborers, ragpickers, beggars, and helpless human beings, who come right here for meals,” says Mohammad Shamim, who runs a fabric store here. The categories of human beings looking ahead to meals outnumbers the type of foods the place is well-known for.
Ask anyone here approximately their meal; it’ll make your mouth water. “I get to consume delicious and VIP meals each day, which even you could no longer be getting. Today I had nihari for dinner,” Tej Bahadur tells The Citizen. He is an everyday salary worker at a mechanic’s at the Jama Masjid avenue, napping at the footpaths at night time.
“Hotels like Rehmatullah Hotel, Salman Hotel offer meals to us.”

Well acknowledged eating places inside the location consist of Karims, Al-Jawahar, Cool Point, Aslam Chicken, and the Ghareeb Nawaz hotel, pulling in a massive variety of people attempting to find non-vegetarian food.

These people are also awaiting food. The lodges here serve them, while a tourist is inclined to buy them food coupons. “Per plate food costs around Rs.20 and goes upmost to Rs.30,” says Mohammad Afzal, proprietor of the Ghareeb Nawaz hotel.
“My grandfather would feed the ones coming to our resorts in need, following which I have been doing the identical. This has been a tradition in my family, which I want to take ahead.”

How many human beings flip up in a day? “The most has been sixteen people buying meals coupons for them. Coupons are worth Rs. One hundred to Rs.2000 were bought at my lodge, sufficient to feed people the whole day.”
“These human beings include customers who come to dine and purchase their food even as leaving and traffic who come particularly to donate the amount for their meals inside the name of god.”

And “there had been instances when only human beings bought them coupons, wherein case we feed them from our facet,” Afzal explains. “At times, we even request our site visitors to donate meals to them.”

Mohammad Farooq, who runs the Salman Hotel regarded for tasty meals at low expenses, additionally makes an effort to feed a minimum of 100 human beings every day. “People begin accumulating at my resort from the moment I open at midday. This goes on until 1 a.m.”
“We serve them the same meals made for customers; we don’t discriminate or segregate them for their class and condition. I believe they are God’s messengers whom I have the hazard to serve,” says Farooq.

It’s not just the holy month of Ramzan that maintains the place buzzing; standard days aren’t any less lively. A mini-honest scene seems to hold within the lanes with an expansion of shops selling clothes, stylish footwear, smoking kababs, sewaiyaan well organized, cries of ‘sharbat Mohabbat’ or love cordial passing through the ears as youngsters loiter in the lanes, all in all, a pretty happening region for traffic and citizens alike.

The lanes being slim, there may be chaos in instances. “They quarrel a lot, even turn out to be hitting each different, as many of them are under the influence of alcohol most of the time. This takes place to scare the tourists traveling the location,” rues Mohammad Umar, owner of the well-known sweet keep Cool Point.

He provides, “It’s top to assist them, and we also offer them meals at times. However, they devise lots of issues for our business. So many customers leave seeing them combat and misbehave. It’s a loss for our enterprise.”

Sufi Bilal, who runs a neighboring shop half of-concurs. “Being inebriated, they devise chaos most of the time. But while god is there, we will query him. There is one needy present among a hundred, due to whom anyone is fed.”

Bilal provides, “These are folks that can stroll and earn. They spend the earned amount on drinking alcohol, after which they come right here without spending dime meals. One can’t deny them food as you can’t recognize the actual needy individual amongst them.”

Nishant Chaubey, a traveler in Delhi, touring this vicinity for the first time, tells The Citizen, “My belly is complete, but searching at them it’s of no worth. So, giving them a few parts of what I had relieves me a piece.”
“Even if 2,000 people flip-up for food in an afternoon, they don’t depart absolutely everyone hungry. So we are all fed,” says Tej Bahadur, who sleeps on the footpath.

Shayla M. Berg

‘One Needy Person Feeds the Other Ninety-Nine’ 2I’ve always loved food and I’ve always loved sharing my love of food with the world. This love led me to become a professional foodie, opening my very own restaurant called The Great American Cafe and writing a blog called Foodieso.com, where I’ve been able to share my recipes, ideas and thoughts about food.