by Kamalesh Ravishankar Ravalon Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 3:36pm ·

My few friends asking me why I  have not put my display picture and who am I? n what an individual can do for universal brotherhood and communal harmony in India….The answer is attached here with the doccuments…My love affection commitment for here….u all n nation too,,,!! Ma Tuze salam…!!









The Rediff Special/Vaihayasi Pande Daniel


They call him Lucky Ali.

Indeed, few persons in the world could be as lucky as this 5.5 kg cherub, with shining black eyes, rosebud lips and an infectious smile. Or as charming…

Ten-month-old Murtaza Ali — now under the dedicated care of a team of doctors and nurses at Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, Bombay — gently gave Death a slip this fateful Republic Day.

Unfortunately, no one knew of it just then.MY SON DON’T CRY…M THERE 4 U…!!

But, by sheer — call it divine, if you will — providence, he was discovered buried alive in the ruins of his house in Noor Mohalla, Bhuj, four days — 81hours — after the earthquake… the youngest survivor in a household that had 11 members. International news agencies flashed heart-tugging pictures of the rescued tot. In peaceful, deep sleep. Safe. Sheltered.

Cuddled in his mother’s warm lap, young Murtaza was breastfeeding when the quake struck — and the fierce hail of cement and steel killed his young mother, Zehnab, 21, his father Mufatdal, 25, and his two cousins (aged one and three), his two uncles and aunts and his paternal grandfather on January 26.

For four days after that, still wrapped in the garments of his now-cold mother and sucking his thumb, Murtaza stubbornly held starvation and the cold at bay. On January 29, his pitiful whimpers were heard by a few Bohri leaders and neighbours, who were conducting a survey of the deaths and damage in the neighbourhood.

Improbable though it was, they were quite certain they heard the wail of a baby. They promptly summoned a BSF commando. He was in the process of trying to convince them it was highly unlikely that a baby could be alive in the heap of rubble; after all, it was four days since the 7.9 Richter Scale earthquake had struck… when he too heard it. He heard a baby cry.

The BSF commandos sprang into action. Careful excavation, led by Diwakar Kumar of the 101 Artillery Regiment, into the rubble that was once the home of a small-time hardware merchant and his family, produced Murtaza, lying alive among his dead family.

His maternal grandfather, Mohiz Gulam Hussain Jamali, 55, says, “He was fully conscious, but cloaked in dust. His eyes were full of dust and one eye was sealed shut due to that. He had wounds on the back of his head and on his face. He was sucking his thumb. I think that was how he survived.”

The BSF troops rushed Murtaza to an army medical officer at the Jubilee Maidan, which had been converted into a large, open-air hospital. He was immediately administered first aid. The Bohri leaders and neighbours who had accompanied Murtaza to the medical camp then wanted to rush him to his grieving grandfather, who they knew was alive and would be delirious with joy when he learnt of the little boy’s survival. But the doctor, out of caution, refused. Finally a message was sent to Mohiz, who runs a tiny repair shop across town.

Recalls Murtaza’s nana, “On the day of the earthquake, my home in Bohri Bazaar collapsed. It does not exist anymore. I was lucky to escape alive. My wife, though, was trapped in the debris. I managed to go back for her and pull her out. She has a leg injury.HIS MATERNAL GRAND FATHER MOISE BHAI

“Then, at 9.30 am, I quickly rushed to the home of my daughter, my only child, who stayed just five minutes away. But the whole house had crumbled and in such a way that it was apparent nobody could have survived. Yet, I went to their house every morning and evening and shouted their names. But there were no sounds, no response of any kind. Nothing. I took it that no one had survived. Then, when I got the message that Murtaza was alive, I could not believe it.

“I rushed over there. He was conscious and gave me a tiny smile. I thanked God for His grace… for returning this child to me. For saving him.”

At the medical camp, they felt Murtaza should be flown to Bombay, where his head injury would receive better attention. On the evening of January 31, the grandfather and his injured grandson boarded an army aircraft for Bombay. It was not yet decided which hospital Murtaza would be admitted into.

“I was very shabbily dressed, in the only pair of clothes I now had. I wanted to take him to a municipal hospital. I knew I could not land up at a private hospital looking the way I did, nor could I afford it. They brought us here in an ambulance and told me not to worry about the cost. And somebody brought me some clothes.”

The toddler was admitted — as were 33 other patients — whom Lilavati Hospital is both treating and providing other kinds of aid. A CT scan was quickly performed on Murtaza; it showed that the little boy was fine. Now, six days after his amazing rescue, the child, dubbed Lucky Ali by the staff, is well on the road to recovery.

Murtaza has won over the entire ward at Lilavati Hospital. He sits in the middle of his little bed like a ray of sunshine… a vision of hope… offering dazzling smiles to whoever passes by. He has lent new meaning to his grandfather’s existence. There is no dearth of arms to scoop him up and cuddle him. Nurses and ward boys fawn over him. A pack of television crews and newspaper photographers have captured his brave grin.

His wounds are healing perfectly. A large surface injury on the cheek was due for plastic surgery but plastic surgeon Dr Samir Kumtha and paediatrician Dr Ravindra Chittal have decided to let Time do the healing. The head injury, meanwhile, has closed up.HE WAS SURVIVED BY INDIAN ARMY AFTER 81 HOURS OF STRUGGLE FROM THE DEBRIS OF EARTH QUAKE 2001

Says Dr Chittal, “When he arrived, he had an impending abscess on his cheek because he hadn’t been given antibiotics. He had a bad bruise on the back of his head. He had a cut on his leg. Bad bruises on his stomach and back. He was on an IV drip. He was very limp. Dehydrated. And in shock. But the CT scan revealed no internal injuries.

“He has come around very well. He is happy. He plays and goes to everyone. Maybe it is a surrogate mother kind of thing. It is amazing that he survived. Breastfed babies usually have a lot of storage capacity in their bodies. But I have a feeling his mother was alive for two or three days after the quake and was able to breastfeed him. It is medically impossible for an infant to sustain itself for four days without fluids.”THE THUMB WHICH FED HIM 81 HOURS LIKE MOTHER

Add his grandfather, “He has taken to the bottle nicely. And, yesterday, he even had some chappati.”

His grandfather, though, is keen to return to Bhuj. “They took her out on the day before yesterday,” he says wistfully. He is talking of Zehnab, his daughter, who was removed from the debris of her home, where she has been entombed for the last 10 days, on February 6. But they can leave only after Murtaza is completely cured.

“His dadi (father’s mother) is waiting for him. He will live with her.” The boy’s paternal grandmother escaped death that day because she had gone to Morvi. Eventually, the boy will be put in her care.4 UNIVERSAL BROTHERS!

Mohiz, though, has no idea how they will cope. How will three grandparents, who are getting on in age and who have lost everything in the quake, bring up a tiny tot? What will happen to Murtaza? “I haven’t been able to think about it even. He has to be looked after and so he will be,” he says, as the little boy scrambles into his arms and clings to his grandfather.

Mohiz feels Murtaza is doing well enough without his parents for now. “He had not yet learnt to say ‘Mummy.’ So he is unable to ask for her. But he and I always had a close relationship. I would visit him every evening. Sometimes, he cries inconsolably. And the nurses say maybe that means he is missing his mother.”

The Complete Coverage | List of earthquake sites

Photographs: Jewella C Miranda. Design: Dominic Xavier












Ghar se Masjid hai bahut door chalo yoon kar lein, Kisi rote huye bachhe ko hansaya jaye… – Nida Fajli …घर से मंदिर है बहुत दरवाजा Nida Fajli अपना गम ले कश्मीर कहीं और न jaaya जाए, घर में bikhri huyee cheezon मैं sajaya जाए जिन chiragon मैं hawaon का कोई khauf नहीं, अन chiragon मैं hawaon से bachaya जाए Baag में जाने कश्मीर भी adab हुआ करते हैं, किसी titlee को न फूलों से उदय जाए घर से मस्जिद है बहुत दरवाजा चलो Yoon कर lein किसी रटना हुए bachhe मैं hansaya जाए … – Nida Fajli

About lotusindia4universalbrotherhood

m WRITER, POET, SOCIAL WORKER N professionally an engineer working with MNC in oil n gas sector! I m here for THE DIVYA, IDEAS BASE ON THOUGHTS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA & MAHATMA GANDHI WHO WERE STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT AND GIVEN THE MESSAGE TO NATION AND THEIR FOLLOWERS FOR VILLAGE PROGRESS AND YOUTH AWAKENING. AFTER THINKING LOTS ON THE PLATFORM OF PRESENT SCENARIO DECIDE TO ESTABLISH ONE NGO WITH THE HELP OF DEDICATED YOUTH OF THE NATION, NRI'S & INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WHO BELIEVES IN HUMANITY. THE ORGANISATION CALLS DEDICATED INDIANS FOR VILLAGES AND YOUTH AWAKENING, ITS SHORT FORM IS D.I.V.Y.A. WHICH MEANS DIVINE....! DIVYA'S main aim is to serve the poor villagers, gives education to the children who are not going to school in their childhood, make availability of drinking water, to avoids wastage of rainy water provide grants to dig the ponds. Provide basic medical facility. last but not least to make Indians youth realize their duties towards the nation, towards their family, towards their own career them selves to utilize their potential & dynamic energy for nation's progress. Actually the base of all the relationship on the truth- trust -transparency & faith . when V start to build such thing this base should b there and I'm sure in life's all stage if V 'll ask a question to our soul will found this is true because truth is always for welfare of society and then by this base v can make society happy ! and I believes that whole universe is our society ( in our VEDAS - the authentically base book of HINDUISM the sentence is that which I've always adopt in my heart that "vasudhaiv kutumbkam" - means whole world is your family ! , just like the holy ' BIBLE ' ! u know my b'day is on Christmas ! ) u know I have never read any complete novel /poet in English or other languages but I writes in HINDI - our national language & my mother tongue Gujarati _ ( remember Gujarat - on Jan /26 /2001 earthquake convert our so much towns in to debris ruins ! ), I have a language of heart only and think it is enough to reach everybody's heart ! when our heart is clear , when our intention is honest then u can catch the waves of thought of other's also just like mirror - when mirror surface is clear reflection will clear ! My name is Kamalesh the means of my name the " God of lotus" it's our God's name Vishnu - God for operation as per Hinduism there are main 3 acts of the GOD ! G - GENERATOR O - OPERATOR D- DESTROYER . but I don't think I'm God but yes believes that all human being can be a GOD by three activities (" KARMA" - Sanskrit word ) but I want to be first a Good & nice human being and be with always for poor people who always struggled to survive so they can b live like human ! until the poverty 'll in this world v can b never happy - we have to destroy the darkness of the illiterate - poverty - selfishness ! one day the sun of happiness will rise in the world and that day I will b more happiest person in the universe ! may GOD bless us ! JAI HIND..............!
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  1. પ્રીથ્વીરાજ સિંહ રાણા ........ says:

    રાવલ સાહેબ, આપ નો લેખ અંગ્રેજી મા હોય બહુ વધારે નથી સમજી શક્યો પણ એટલું જાણવા મળ્યું છે કે આપે ભૂકંપ પીડિત બાળકો ને દતક લીધા છે ……….. ખુબ ઉમદા કાર્ય કર્યું કહેવાય ……..

    • ભાઈ આપણ ને મારવા નુ ને મરવાનુ આવડ્તુ નથી, માણસ બની ને જીવવા નુ ને જીવાડવા નુ આવડે છે…જો તમે સત્ય કહેતા હો તો અને શ્રી ક્રુષ્ણ ના સાચા ભક્ત હોય તો મારી લડાઈ અસત્ય ની સામે છે ..મિત્ર બની જાઓ અને પાખંડી વાસ્તુવિદ ને ઊઘાડો પાડવા મા મદદ કરો…!!

  2. Dilip Moholkar says:

    Commendable work indeed! Hat’s offto your dedicated service to humanity. . .irrespective of cast creed & religion ..Di

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