A heart melt real story!

by Stephen on October 9, 2012 · 54 comments

in Inspiring Stories, True Stories

In the image above is Shila Ghosh, an 83-year-old woman who lives in Bally in West Bengal, a state in the eastern region of India and is the nation’s fourth-most populous.

Her only son had heart ailment and passed away a few months ago. To make ends meet, Shila now works. Every evening, Shila comes from Bally to Kolkata to sell chips.

When asked if she has a problem in traveling, she weakly smiled and said: “No, the bus gets me here and my health is not that bad.”

Circumstances could have easily forced her to beg but her dignity and respect is everything for her, she is determined to work until the end of her life rather than to beg on the streets.

Story courtesy of Sufia Khatoon,
A college student in Kolkata  

When we go on complaining, let us remember her….. she chose to solve her problems on her own for as they say God helps them those who help themselves.

Don’t worry, Shila is being helped. Although she refuses donations and prefers to make her own living, many people found ways to help without making her feel dependent on anyone i.e. purchase more chips from her… some are also helping her to build a kiosk.


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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John Heldon October 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Dignity among the poor shames the rich. God bless her.

2 Story Lover October 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Super story, she should be very Proud of Herself, I feel like I should Go and Help Her but it’s nice to know there are people taking care of her.

3 Rita October 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Shila has also felt not to feel sorry for yourself and as a strong and determin women wanted to be an exemplier person. God bless those who helped her.

4 Lalita October 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

We need more Shila’s in this world, to show the dignity of work, I hope the younger generation learns from her..

5 Arddy October 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

She is trully an inspiring old woman. Good for her that she is getting help, may the good Lord abundantly bless who are having a hand on her success..

6 S.manjunath October 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

It is not circumstances that matter, it is only how react to those circumstances really matter. As she belongs to old era she refuses any direct help as she prefers to be self reliant as far as she can stretch. But the story would have been very different if it had happened to a person between the age group of 25-40. This age group has grown lazy and looks for easy options. This is the reflection of the growing and prevailing trend amongst our fellow country men/women. Sadly it is true and does not seem to change soon as not much of effort is directed towards that.

7 Gaurav October 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

Really appreciate…………..May GOD bless her.

8 Ran October 10, 2012 at 4:08 am

I feel like flying to India and help her and take care of her. Good thing lots of people help her..

9 Ana October 10, 2012 at 4:48 am

God bless u more Ms. Shila 🙂

10 Kanna October 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Every personality should have this kind of attitude!!!!

11 Pankaj October 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

It’s a lesson for those who easily give away hope. It is necessary to keep courage till end of your life. Though age slows down the movement but still with will power, lots can be managed.

Don’t give up easily, as this will help you to live happy life. God bless Shila to live nicely.

12 Jason October 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

Exotic perception of human determination. May God bless her beyond 100 years.

13 KANPE October 11, 2012 at 4:59 am

God bless Shila!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 SWATI MAJUMDAR October 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

Yes, I meet her near Rabindra Sadan and often buy chips from her. I salute her for her determination, dignity and her courage. Proud of her. God bless me too to be like her strong and confident . DIDA, TUMI GR8…

15 Ukaigwe promise October 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

She has the dignity of labour which has a reward on earth and in heaven. May God bless her and be his salvation in times of trouble. She has taught me something from her life.

16 Edwin October 13, 2012 at 2:07 am

Amazing good lessons for us…god bless her….

17 Anees October 13, 2012 at 2:15 am

I am really proud of her. My all good wishes are always with her, she is the real example of the people who trust in efforts.

18 Barb October 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Shila you are superb. May GOd bless you in your life. Keep working hard and doing it. Well done. I appreciate you.

19 Margaret October 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Superb example of dignity of labour. Something to cherish and live upto.

20 Saurabh October 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

If I can also show this level of courage in my field!

21 Jescil October 16, 2012 at 4:55 am

Very inspiring person… she is a very good example to the lazy people…

22 Athena October 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

God bless you Lola Shila!

23 DIPTI October 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

Couregeous!!! Hope GOD will keep her strength and her believes in life moving on and on and on……………

24 Robert A.N. October 21, 2012 at 1:35 am

In real life, most people start to beg in this condition. Really it’s amazing that Ms. Shila is very brave and has a strong will power to struggle with her life alone. Salute to this kind of brave “soldiers of life”.

25 Nits October 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hat’s off for dignity! May God bless her.

26 Abhishek Kesarwani October 22, 2012 at 1:43 am

We all should learn from respected Shila ji, that how to move towards solving the problem instead of complaining and getting tensed.

I revere her from the bottom of my heart.

27 Shilpa October 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

What an inspiring personality!!!

28 Ajit October 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I salute her from the bottom of my heart.

29 Philo October 27, 2012 at 4:34 am

Very inspiring, Great!!!! God Bless u always & keep u strong & in Good health.

30 Gina October 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I hope that the story will give an inspiration to any individual whom life could be possibly happen to any of us….. hold on and never give up. God will always help those who claim HIS promises and live a righteous life.

31 Rashmi October 31, 2012 at 1:32 am

That shows us sort of courage how difficult the situation will be never bend.

32 Rahul Tripathi November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

It shows shame on the part of the people who beg.

It’s quiet inspirational for me. I salute the old woman from the bottom of my heart. Great personality.

33 Amraj - Godvarikhani November 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Super story, she should be very proud of herself, and everyone in todays generation should learn from her.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the student who covered this story.

34 Adeline November 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

GOD bless the old woman. May she be blessed by GOD forever

35 Mohit December 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

Really it’s a good lesson for me and I think for all.

36 Andy May 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

I am very glad to hear this kind of Real Stories…… I hope that Poor Lady do something better in her life……

37 Amit May 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

True salute to the old lady…

38 Jenny June 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

I salute her.

39 Thrish June 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

May the Almighty God bless her for as long as she shall live on this earth ….

40 RAMESH July 2, 2013 at 2:46 am

I salute her courage, God gives to her more strenth and good life.

41 Vishal Patil July 23, 2013 at 2:15 am

I appreciate people helping her…..love u “my mother”!!

42 Sejal Chawla August 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I appreciate her for her courage. May GOD bless her and give her more strength and courage.

43 Paranthaman.R September 5, 2013 at 6:01 am

She shows that 100% responsible is her only not others..really melt my heart..

44 Anamika September 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

She is a very courageous woman. It is true quotes “God helps those who help themselves”. May God bless her.

45 Anamika September 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

It is a very inspiring story and very painful also….

46 Arun J October 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

This is how we could make this world a better place to live in….

47 Rakesh Patel-ranip November 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

I like her sense of self-reliance. People who are self-dependent are respected in the society.

48 Bhargavi November 28, 2013 at 5:37 am

I salute you from bottom of my heart.

49 Thirumangai December 25, 2013 at 1:13 am

Tears roll on my eyes to hear this that there are still a few like her who cares more for their dignity than to opt for any means to fill their stomach. Proud of her and also to be an Indian like her.

50 Deepan March 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Really amazing… hands of salute to you… great.

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