Bangladeshi man — who feeds 2,000 birds every morning — is now a national attraction

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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
Updated 15 December 2017
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Bangladeshi man — who feeds 2,000 birds every morning — is now a national attraction

DHAKA: Samor Kumar Ghosh has been feeding 2,000 local birds every morning for the past five years. The birds start gathering early each morning in front of Samar’s sweetmeat shop in the local city of Pabna, some 200 km from Dhaka.
The birds, called “shalik” in the native language, are commonly referred to as mynahs.
One morning five years ago, Samor fed a few of them. The next day he noticed more birds had gathered at the same time. And day after day, the number of birds increased and now reach up to 2,000.
“It was February 2012, early on a winter morning. I was standing idle in front of my sweetmeat shop … I noticed a few Indian mynahs roaming around in search of food. I fed them with chanachur (Bombay mix), which is a subcontinental snack food. The next day, the mynahs came in a group and (there were) more in number,” Samor told Arab News.
Samor feeds them every day with much affection. And now a large number of people from the city and adjacent towns gather in front of his “Shyamol Mistanno Bhandar” sweetmeat shop to watch the mynahs.
“This is amazing. The mynah, although a quarrelling species of bird, here feed so calmly and quietly. One can only hear the chirping of the birds,” Arman Hossain, one of the spectators at Samor’s “bird sanctuary within the city,” told Arab News.
“The mynahs travel 10 to 15 km every day to enjoy their breakfast with me. I spend 45,000 taka (nearly $600) per month to feed them. To me, it is like paradise when the mynahs encircle me at the start of the day,” Samor said.

In Bangladesh, a middle-class family might find it hard to spend $600 a month on living but Samor is spending a huge amount on feeding the birds. He justifies the expenditure saying, “Actually I am not doing anything. It is the Almighty, and if He (Almighty) wishes, I will have the ability to do more for His creatures.”
Samor’s efforts have made him a nationally-acclaimed nature-lover. Last year the Bangladesh Forest Department presented him with the country’s best “bird-lover” award.
Samor, a father of four, has involved family members in the project. His 11-year-old son Sharon Kumar Ghosh sometimes feeds the birds when Samor is out of town on business. Samor has asked is son to continue the tradition of feeding the mynahs in the future.


‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Updated 23 April 2018
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49.

While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.”

“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was taken to hospital early this month for unspecified treatment. The actor spoke about his alcohol addiction during another hospital stay a year ago.

One of the world’s shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) due to achondroplasia dwarfism, according to reports, Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.