Today on my way to office a familiar sight greeted me – that which greets me almost every day. At every main traffic signal I find them – ‘them’ – whom I consciously avoid making an eye contact, pretend they don’t even exist and should they come in my vicinity, just shake my head & clearly indicate a ‘go away’. Yes am talking about the poor beggars on the streets. Women with small kids, children, handicapped persons & homeless elders. My heart goes all out when I see them, it really hurts, yet, I turn my head away to even acknowledge their existence. And I face this dilemma every time – to be or not to be – ‘helpful’ ’empathetic’ (in this case). Would I be right in giving alms, would I actually be helping them or would I be encouraging them further?? I really don’t know.