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new city in an ancient land, Kolkata (or Calcutta, as it was known . An assignment to the “City of Joy,” as Kolkata is sometimes called. The City of Joy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Made into a movie starring Patrick Swayze, this is the inspiring s. DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE has touched many people through his life and work. His first taste of fame followed the summer when he was 17 years old and left Paris.
Then, he found that Calcutta was harder than in Bihar. He made his children became beggar, and Hasari himself had to sell his blood. They all lived in the street. By the help of a friend, Ram, Hasari became an pedicab driver. From the money he collected, Hasari could afford him and his family to move to Anand Nagar. Until one day, Hasari found himself was affected by TBC - many poor people like Hasari suffered from this illness, including his best friend, Ram - But Hasari still have one obligue, to find his eldest daughter a husband.
But, finding a good husband meant expensive dowry. To complete the dowry, Hasari had to sell his dead body for medical purposes. Hasari died at the day his daughter wedding. For me, this book enlighted me. I learned how to more appreciate to other people and any of living things. He found the driver before the police did. The Chicago Tribune paid him one hundred dollars for his exclusive story. His twenty thousand miles of adventure beginning with just thirty dollars in his pocket led to his first book A Dollar for a Thousand Kilometers.
It became one of the best sellers of postwar France and other European countries. He fell in love with a fashion editor. They were married in Newyork city hall on his 21st birthday.
On his return to Paris after his honeymoon he wrote his second book, Honeymoon around the Earth, and he was conscripted into French army. After one year in the lank regiment, he was transferred to the SHAPE headquarters to serve as an interpreter.
One day in the Cafeteria he met a young American corporal Larry Collins, a Yale graduate and draftee. They became friends instantly.
They decided to join forces to tell a big story. Their first bestseller, Is Paris Burning? Sold ten million copies in thirty languages. He was awarded the Padma Bhushanm Indians third highest civilian award in the Republic Day honours list. It is a great story on some of the unknown heroes of the earth, heroes who know what real love, compassion, and sharing with others mean. And it helps a great cause.
Here, in union impoverished section of Calcutta, Lapierre found more heroism, more love, more sharing, and ultimately more happiness than in many a city of the affluent west.
Above all he was overwhelmed to discover that this seemingly inhuman place had 9 the magical power to produce heroes and heroines, and countless other inspiring people who are ordinary and completely unknown.
The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a young Polish priest, Stephen Kovalski, the hardships endured by a rickshaw puller, Hasari Pal the sufferer in Calcutta Kolkata , the experiences of a young American doctor, Max Loeb and Bandona, the beautiful Assamiese nurse who became an Angel of Mercy for the afflicted; and many others who rose above their harsh destinies and shared their lives first hand with them.
Father Stephen joins a religious order whose vowes put them in the most hellish places on earth. He chooses not only to serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta but also to love with them, starve with them and if God willed it, die with them. The slum dwellers are ignored and exploited by wider society and authorities of power but are not without their own prejudices.
This becomes evident by their attitudes towards the lepers and the continuation of the caste system. The story also explores how a peasant farmer Hasari Pal arrives in Calcutta with his family after a drought wipes out the farm village where his family has lived for generations. The third main character is that of a rich American doctor who had just finished med school and wants to do something with a purpose before opening up his practice, catering to the wealthy.
The book chronicles not only the separation of the wealthy from the poor but the separation of the different levels of poverty, Caste divisions and differences of the many religions living side by side in the slums. It touches on Mother Teresa and her sisters of mercy as well. Both beautiful and horrific an overall feeling of peace and well being is achieved by the story end.
Despite facing hunger, deplorable living conditions, illness, bone breaking work or no work at all and death, the people still hold on to the belief that life is precious and worth living whose capacity for hospitality has been pushed beyond imagining everything they are in poverty.
And it is because the poor are the only ones to be able to know such riches that they are able to stand up against the wretchedness of the world, against injustice against the suffering of the innocent. City of Joy Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host or the act or practice of being hospitable. This includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. In the West today hospitality is rarely a matter of protection and survival, and is more associated with etiquette and entertainment.
However, it still involves showing respect for ones guests providing for their needs and treating them as equal. To the ancient Greeks hospitality was a divine right. The host was expected to make sure of the needs of his guests, were seen to. This principle is shown in a number of stories where a guest is literally a God, who rewards the provider of hospitality. From Indian this stems the Indian approach of graciousness towards guests at home, and in all social situations standing.
The city of joy: The cultural capital of India, Kolkata is vibrant and spontaneous city that reaches out to embrace every traveler in the true spirit bon homie that is essential part of the Bengali culture. The book dwells on the lives of men, women and 11 children who have been uprooted from their homes in rural villages of India, by implacable nature and hostile circumstances, and thrown into a city whose capacity for hospitality has been pushed beyond imagination.
It was definitely here, in this gray, filthy, poor, sad, stinking, muddy place. In this wild turmoil of men, women, children and animals.
In this entanglement of huts built of beaten earth, this jumbles of alleyways full of refuse and open drains, in this murderous pollution of sulphur and fumes, in this uproar of voices, shouting weeping, tools, machinery and loudspeakers.
Yes it was definitely to this slum at the far corner of the world that his God had sent him. Someone to go through life surrounded by inhuman conditions, while one had better choices takes a lot of courage determination and basic love for humanity. Stephen is one of those very rare people who are born once in a life time truly a saint as the residents of Anadnagar addressed him.
None of the people in City of Joy would believe that the priest in Jeans who appeared suddenly in front of their slum, houses was an envoy of God. Kowalski made the sign of the cross over their heads. Some offered a bucket, others a mat, an oil lamp, a blanket.
The poorer they were, the more eager to give. That night he returns to home followed by an escort laden with gifts.
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Indians are some of the hospitable and generous people we will ever meet. This may come as a surprise to many who have heard the ongoing jokes on the thriftiness of the Indian people, but hospitality is one of the true hallmarks of the Indian culture. In Hindu philosophy the guest is God and this is taken to heart by most people. That is the reason they ask so many questions as they what to understand.
She was carrying an aluminum bowl full of rice and vegetables. Then he gave thanks to God for this apparition and for this meal provided by brothers unknown to him. Then he ate, with his fingers as the Indians do. Stephen discovered the value of food as a gift of life in the slum, something a more fortunate person takes for granted. On his first evening the envoy of the rector in charge taken Kowalski to the neighboring parish. Those people come outside his door. The young woman offered him a chapatti and a small bottle.
Here is some bread and wine. Even they may not have anything to eat, but they have to manage to get hold of bread and wine for the Eucharist. Without the bottle of serum, medicines, and food that the indomitable woman brought him each day. Surya, the old Hindu from the tea shop, had donated several nags of sweetmeats. The mother of Sabia the child, who had died of tuberculosis in the room next door, had cut out and stitched a shirt for Dada Stephen.
Even the lepers had given up the proceeds of several days begging. CJ One night in April Stephen Kovalski felt on his stomach the beginning of an itch that extended to every part of the body. In a matter of minutes the whole neighbourhood knew that Big Brother Stephen is sick. In traditional Indian style Kowalski welcomed the American visitor. Shortly after his arrival a scorpion had sunk its stinger into his ankle. He immediately put a tourniquet around his thigh to prevent the poison spreading but the precaution had hardly any effect.
He collapsed into his bed. People were busy around me. Some were massaging my legs; children were fanning me with pieces of cardboard. The incident provided an opportunity for the entire neighborhood to get together and talk, to comment and demonstrate its friendship. Hasari pal, a Rickshaw puller who had migrated from a village in Bengal.
The family, living on a pavement reluctantly and sorrowfully agrees to let their children beg for food when their father can no longer give them food, even after donating blood from his severely under nourished body.
The father eventually becomes a rickshaw puller. This father breaks his back to produce a dowry and make wedding arrangements for his daughter and dies of sheer exhaustion in the middle of the ceremony. The Muslims living in Anadnagar leading a life of harmony with Hindus and Christian, the dignified manner in which they faced calamities, even death and then life went on as before.
The saddest was of that Salima, a Muslim, mother of four, who wants to sell her seven month old fetus to a trader for Rs.
In a blotched operation by an ill equipped doctor, Salima bleeds to death. She never informs her family about this. But all others make a pocketful and her body is handed over to an attainder who sells it to a place where unidentified corpses are cut up to obtain to 14 skeletons for export.
Even Hasari Pal the rickshaw puller sold his body to human bone traders to produce a dowry and make wedding arrangements for his daughter. This book is filled with expression of awe and sheer emotion by the characters, through whose eyes we see the acts of selflessness, giving and caring which permeates slum life, in spite of the numerous tragedies and heartaches experienced.
There is so much sharing going on, even by those who have almost nothing for themselves; it is that giving is an occasion independent of circumstances and resources. It reveals hope and delight from the simplest of things, the barest of providence, and it teaches that in the thick of demonic condition hopelessness and tragedy the greatness and beauty of love shines through.
There are celebrations, festivities in all religions. People sell blood, nearly kill themselves or do just about anything to earn a few rupees to pool in for these community celebrations and at the same time they also come together in times of need and suffering. Everything that was available in the slum was for everybody.
It explores the depths of the human spirit, the strength of human emotion and the desire of a few good people to help. To what heights some people can go to bring up the poor and for some people, to extract from the already deprived loves of the people.
The three strengths associated with humanity are love; altruism and social intelligence are typically person to person strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all.
It is one of the foundations for the study of positive psychology, which seeks to focus on strengths and other positive attributes that people possess that lead to living a good life, instead of pathologizing them. Plato and Aristotle both wrote extensively on the subject of virtues though neither ever wrote on humanity as a virtue, despite highly valuing love and kindness, two of the strengths of humanity.
Humanity was so important in some positivist Christian cultures that it was to be capitalized like God. Kindness, altruism and love are mentioned in the Bible.
When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you? Stephen Kovalski, a Pole catholic priest had lived among the poor in the slums of Anadnagar, which is the City of Joy.
He had come to India and chooses Calcutta as his destination to be a part of 16 the poor. He gave a recommendation letter to Stephen Kovalski as the Parish priest of a working-class district. The floor was of beaten earth and through the missing tiles of the roof one could see pieces of sky. He stayed in the slums just like the poor and suffered with them in all their tragedies and rejoiced with them in all the small joys. India is made up of people belonging to many different religions, castes, sub castes, etc.
But among the poor, they all live together as one. In spite of being a Catholic priest, he did not feel the divinity of religion. People respected and valued him because of his willingness to stay as one among them and for giving up his life to bring them up even a notch in the society.
When he visited the little Muslim boy Sabia who was dying, made him cheerful. Stephen Kovalski drew nearer to him and the boy opened his eyes. His gaze lit up with a spark of joy. Kovalski was totally overwhelmed. And Stephen Kovalski gave some sweets to him. He often visits a blind Christian leper woman who lived next to the railway lines.
Every day, those Hindus took turns bringing the Christian 17 woman a dish of rice and vegetables, helping her wash, doing her homework, looking after her grandchildren. Here the strength kindness that evoke feeling of generosity, helpfulness, love and a general desire to help people.
That is, a disposition for helping humanity- which positively effects their attachments and relationships between people through the blind leper woman. Margareta the young widow came with young Hindu couple, an Anglo-Indian Christian a Muslim labors and an Assamese girl to Kovalski to discuss with him about how they can do something useful for the people there.
They need everything, a dispensary, a leprosy clinic etc, but the surveys revealed that the primary demand was for the creation of a night school so that the children can be employed in the day and could learn to write and read. An Assami girl who came that first evening to offer her service to Kovalski, she was called Bandona her face was transformed it a mark of pain. When Stephen Kovalski got cholera, in a matter of minutes the whole neighborhood knew that he is sick in their nothingness, they came had helped Kovalski with their love, care, kindness etc, they gave everything out of love and affliction.
Stephen Kovalski met Mother Theresa, the, other of the poor, she looked very older. Her face was already furrowed with deep wrinkles; her bent form bore witness to years of self-sacrifice and sleepless night for the needy. Stephen Kovalski met her and asked for her help to get mobile clinic for a leper in the city of joy.
Like many other Americans, Loeb felt sympathy for India. During the first week in India the American examined and treated as best he could four hundred seventy nine sick people. The people of the slum were so helpful even they are in utter poverty. Max Loeb experienced the kindness, love and care when a scorpion had sunk its stinger it to his ankle.
The local residents of the slums who were sacrificed everything to help both Stephen Kovalski and Max Loeb. Kamila at age 20 has a problem that, she was not a woman but a eunuch. Kovalski the priest got an opportunity to discover what functions this picturesque person and his companion served in the slum. When a new baby was born they went to bless the child in a festival dress by the invitation of the grandmother of the child.
We have come to bless it.
The City of Joy
CJ They collect money for their performance as such blessings earned the Eunuchs their livelihood. Kovalski was often perceived by the inhabitants in the City of Joy as a holy man who could be interacted with, as, although he lived in poverty alongside everyone else, he was able to make food and medicine appear in emergency situation. Hasari pal who had came from the village to Calcutta due to drought. He had come with his wife and children to the city in the hopes of earning enough money to go back to his village to the rest of his family and start farming again.
He did not know that the city of Calcutta as a human jungle! When they reached at Howrah station, they met peasants from Bihar. They have made home in a corner of the main hall. They were quick to put the newcomers on their guard against the police who often raided the station. To find a job Hasari leaves his family with those Bihari peasants and gone. He did not find any work and lived in the pavements. Many people helped Hasari pal in his life, Ram Charan his friend who introduced the job as a rickshaw puller.
He sent his children out to become rag-pickers till the time he became a human horse. Rickshaw puller s often suffered from Red Fever, but in medical terms, it is called tuberculosis.
Ram Charan who died by Red Fever after years and years of transporting the rich and their goods. They start coughing blood and that is when they know the end is near.Full Name Comment goes here. The story revolves around the life of many who make us realize how futile our life's problems are.
La storia intreccia le vite di personaggi diversi. Father Stephan joins a religious order whose vows put them in the most hellish places on earth. The character of Stephan Kovalski is based on the life of Gaston Dayanand,  a Swiss national and male nurse  by profession, who moved to India in and has devoted his life to improving the welfare of slum dwellers.
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