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Kerala man Noushad wins hearts in flood-hit Kerala

August 14, 2019

This year, Kerala floods took at least 90 lives and left many people across North Kerala homeless. But like last year, people from across the state came together to join hands and re-build Kerala. Amongst them, Noushad, a cloth vendor from Kochi, is winning hearts on social media. Noushad, who works as a street vendor at the famous Broadway area of Kochi, comes from an economically backward family. He contributed more than ten sacks of clothes for flood victims. All these clothes were kept aside by him to be sold for Eid festival, and this was the only stock that he had for sale. But when volunteers approached him for help, Noushad did not have to think twice before giving them off. In one of the videos, Noushad can be seen smiling and conveying an inspirational message.

When we leave this world, we are not going to carry anything. My biggest profit would be helping people who are in need. Tomorrow is Eid celebrations, and this is my way of celebrating it-Noushad

Many videos of Noushad are now doing the rounds on social media. In one of them, Noushad can be seen carrying loads of clothes on his head to trucks with relief materials.

Noushad, who is in his early forties, hails from Mattancherry in Kochi. His inspiring story got at least ten thousand likes and thousands of shares on social media platforms. Reportedly, South Indian superstars like Mammootty and Jayasurya rang up Noushad to wish him the best for his kind gesture. State ministers including KK Shailaja and G Sudhakaran shared his story on their Facebook pages.

Inspiring people like Noushad shows that humanity is still alive on Earth.

"Naushad, a small textile shop owner in Kochi gave almost his entire stock kept for sale to #KeralaFloodRelief2019 as donation. He says it is his way of celebrating Eid-al-Adha! What a human being!! Naushad ikka, there's enough hope in your eyes to light up Kerala!!", tweeted Anupama Mohan.

"Doesn't feel right to end the day without remembering Noushad, an ordinary garment seller from Kerala who donated all his Eid stock to the flood relief camps. Thankyou for restoring my faith in the state, in humanity during such dark times. May your tribe increase and prosper", tweeted Adila Matra.

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