Barefoot man given fellow rider’s shoes

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A bus driver has had his faith in people restored after witnessing a rider wearing plastic bags instead of shoes given a surprising gift this holiday weekend — a stranger’s own shoes and socks.

The “soul-touching” interaction Saturday on the No. 341 route, according to Surjit Singh Virk, a Coast Mountain Bus Co. driver of 16 years who was off-duty at the time while returning from Surrey B.C.’s Vaisakhi parade.

“It made my heart melt,” he told QMI Agency. “He just took his shoes and socks off and said, ‘You can take these, don’t worry about me — I live close by and can walk.’

“People usually don’t care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn’t even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.”

Reached by phone, the giver of the shoes asked QMI Agency not to identify him because in his Islamic faith, charitable acts should be anonymous. He was also reluctant to have his photograph published.

“I felt bad for the guy,” the 27-year-old Surrey resident said. “He was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes.”

The Good Samaritan was coming from a nearby B.C. Muslim Association mosque and association spokesman Mufti Aasim Rashid said the act would qualify as sadaqa, a general act of charity.

“Whenever we do a good deed, even if it’s to help someone out, the Islamic teachings maintain this should remain only for the pleasure of God,” he said. “It’s nice to see people practicing the teachings … it looks like he’s really benefited.”

Singh Virk said the recipient was “shocked” by the gift and afterwards remarked, “What a nice guy… Did that really happen?”

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2014/04/21/barefoot-man-given-fellow-riders-shoes

Times Documentaries: India at a Crossroads

By Poh Si Teng And Malavika Vyawahare
April 16th, 2014

A journey across the world’s largest democracy. This year’s race between the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party reveals deep divisions in society and politics.

http://nyti.ms/1m8VkSW

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/asia/100000002825241/india-at-a-crossroads.html?playlistId=1194811622205

‘Le Printemps’ par Théophile Gautier

Le Printemps 
par Théophile Gautier

Regardez les branches
Comme elles sont blanches,
Il neige des fleurs.

Riant de la pluie
Le soleil essuie
les saules en pleurs.

Et le ciel reflète
Dans la violette
Ses pures couleurs…

La mouche ouvre l’aile
Et la demoiselle
Aux prunelles d’or,
Au corset de guêpe
Dépliant son crêpe,
A repris l’essor.

L’eau gaiement babille,
Le goujon frétille
Un printemps encore !

Springtime 
By Théophile Gautier

Look at the boughs,
How white they are,
It’s snowing flowers!

Scoffing at the rain,
The sun dries
The weepy willow.

And the sky reflects
In the violets
Its pure colors…

The fly opens its wings
And the dragonfly
With the golden pupils,
And the wasp-like corset,
Unfolding its silky wings,
Has resumed its flight.

The water happily babbles,
The tiny fish wriggles
It’s Springtime again!

http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/a-french-poem-called-le-printemps-or-springtime/

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This Hadeeth will Blow your Mind! | “…like the nest of a Sandgrouse bird…” | Shawana A. Aziz

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