Finally, Found My Santa!

Finally, Found My Santa!

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2015-12-29 20:12 Having been overjoyed on receiving my lost wallet from my Riyaz Mulla, I considered him my Santa. Since I had only heard his voice over phone, I wanted to know what he looked like. Well, since the image of Santa was etched in my mind, I imagined Mr Mulla also to have a long flowing beard. After the story was published in bfirst.in (When Mulla Gets Santa 'Savie' ) I tried reaching him, but to no avail. I then left a text message on his wife’s phone. After couple of hours, Mulla called me to enquire about my frantic calls. At first I asked him for his postal address to send  a gift. But he sternly refused saying that he didn’t expect anything in return. I then sheepishly asked him to at least allow me to repay the courier charges. He said a firm ‘No’ to this request too. I then told him about the write-up for bfirst.in, where I have written about him. Instead of being elated, he went on, “What I did was a normal thing. I didn’t do it for publicity.” Again, I sounded apologetic and gave an explanation saying that I wrote about my experience so that he could be an inspiration and give hope to many. Nevertheless, I didn’t succeed in getting his postal address. We decided we will meet if I visit Goa, and he will drop in if he visits Hyderabad. Thankfully he suggested that we could connect on Facebook, and sent me a friend request. And lo behold! To my shock, I found that my Santa had beard. He didn’t even have graying hair. Riyaz Mulla turned to be a clean-shaven and fashionable gentleman. In his profile pic he sported a pink T-shirt with a print of a gun. I could only say, “My Santa is cool.”   Savie Karnel is a freelance writer and journalist. She is also associated with Woodpie.com , a platform that helps readers find book recommendations and exchange books.