‘Fani ‘ made ‘Station Budhi ‘ alone, hapless

11/05/2019 at 10:24 AM

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani, which hit the Odisha coast on May 3, certainly brought miseries to people in 14 districts; but the loss suffered by an elderly woman here is irrepairable. Fani took her son, made her alone, hapless.

Pushpa Rout, popularly known as ‘Station Budhi’ has no more tears in her eyes now. Her 20-year-old son Kartik Rout’s decomposed body was recovered from the debris of a railway hoarding on May 5, two days after the devastation caused by the cyclonic storm.

According to information, Pushpa, a native of Jajpur, had been ditched by her husband years ago. Later, her other family members also abandoned her. Kartik was her only hope. He also parted.

Pushpa and Kartik were staying in Vajpayee Nagar in Saliasahi slum here for the last 8 to 10 years.

Pushpa had been selling tea, betel, biscuits, bananas and jhal mudhi in stations and trains. From her business, she became popular as ‘Station Budhi’.

The two-member family was spending days hand to mouth. After he grew up, Kartik took up her business, and Pushpa stopped coming to the station.

On the incident day, Kartik covered up his thatched house with a polythene sheet in the slum. Then, he came to the station to see his trolley on which he used to run his business, but he did not return.

His body was recovered only after foul smell came from the debris.

Now, the ‘Station Budhi ‘ is left with the son’s trolley and a heartbreaking life only.


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