I have been selling balloons for the last three years. I am homeless and sleep wherever I get a place. I am the happiest when I go to Velankani. They give me food, clothing and shelter there.
Anthony, 75 years, Balloon vendor, Bangalore
Interviewed by Dinesh V and Poorva Dinesh
Are you alone?
Yes. I don’t have a home to stay. I stay wherever I get a place.
What do you do for a living?
I do business. I sell balloons.
For how many years have you been selling balloons?
For the last three years.
For how long have you been in Bangalore?
I have been here for the last four years.
Do you have children?
Yes, I have two boys. They are in Tirupur. When I used to go there, they wouldn’t feed me so I fought with them and came here.
What do they do?
What about your wife?
She died three years ago.
How does it feel after her death?
I am just working and eating. I am homeless and I sleep anywhere. When it rains, I don’t have a place to stay. I feel very bad.
What has been your happiest moment in your life?
When do I have good days?
When do you feel happy?
When I go to Velankani.
When you go to meet God you feel happy…
Yes…next month I am going to Velankani. They give me food, clothing and shelter there.
Why do you come to Bangalore if you get everything there?
I will go there after 10-20 days. But first, I will buy a shirt and a dhoti for myself.
What does love mean to you?
Don’t you love your children?
No…they beat me and sent me away.
*For our readers
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