Azhar Maqsusi is a 36-year-old man from Hyderabad who offers free food to around 100-150 men, women, and children daily. He is not a rich person, but has been feeding the poor under the Dabeerpura flyover in Old Hyderabad for over three years now. When TV channels asked him what inspired him to feed the homeless, he responded that he himself knows what it is to go hungry, and wants no one to face the same situation.
Azhar runs a Plaster of Paris interior design business, and started feeding the poor when he saw a physically handicapped woman, Lakshmi, begging near the railway station three years ago. She hadn’t eaten anything for days. In an interview with the Deccan Chronicle, he recalls how “My wife cooked food for around 15 people and I distributed it near the flyover.” Soon he started feeding the homeless daily. Today he spends nearly Rs 1500 to Rs 1700 daily, mostly from his own pockets to buy 25 kg rice, 2 kg pulses, one litre of oil and spices and ensures no one goes hungry.
Azhar is happy that many friends have joined the cause too. In an interview with The News Minute, he said, “A lot of friends have joined in and I have got a lot of support but I turn down all the offers that I get in cash. I only take kind.” He also adds that homeless people should be clothed and fed, not given money, since many of them use it to get drunk. Azhar plans to continue feeding the homeless, and ensure that anyone who comes to him gets at least one meal a day.
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