Al Wahda is a beautiful street linking Dubai and Sharjah. Sri Lankan MM works as a gardener on this street, watering and nurturing the eye-catching date trees for 18 years. He has been a great source of information, a one-man “BBC.” Any accident, how shops cope with recession, what, when, where, who, which, how.. He has ready answers.
We used to chat regularly. And suddenly I noticed he was missing. More than a month. I had no contact number and thought he must have gone back to native place.
Yesterday I saw him back at work.
“They are planning a road widening project and shunted me to a far-off place. I worked for a month, but miss my lovely trees here. They are like my children,” he turned emotional. “I could not take it anymore and resigned.”
Then came the good news. The road plan was shelved owing to some reason. The boss summoned MM and ordered: “Go back to work.”
And my “BBC” is back. Hard work does pay, right?