In January 2020, I was in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Vegas is a magical mirage in the Nevada desert, it’s full of pubs, clubs, and casinos. I was on my way back to the hotel in a car after a meeting, and we were waiting for our turn at a signal when I saw a person who was passing by shouting something. He had shabby hair and was shirtless, dressed only in jeans. I thought he was a drunk. When I asked the driver he said, “He is a homeless man, My friend”
I was shocked because I never expected to see a homeless person in the middle of Las Vegas. It is the city of wealth, every night people spend millions of dollars in casinos there. Over the next few days, I started noticing a lot of untidily dressed people at night. Somehow, they managed to have 10-15 dollars and enter a McDonald’s or a small shop to have a meal and they spent as much time as they could inside the shop to escape the cold outside.
It was after that I started thinking about how privileged I am. In Kerala, reports say that there are more than 5 lakh homeless people. In India, it’s millions. People who wait for the city to sleep, to find the pavements and roadsides, staircases, railway platforms, and even railway tracks to find sleep between trains.
Today I am gratefully recalling how lucky I am to have a home and I am sure that when you guys are reading this, there’s a roof over your head and you have a home. Let’s embrace our homes!
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