WhatsApp has made possible a reunion of a man with his family after a gap of 20 years. Mahaveer Singh Chauhan, from Jhab village in Jalore district of Rajasthan, met his son, Pradyuman Singh, on a Nimhans hospital bed.
Mahaveer, who was ashamed of himself after suffering huge losses in a business had severed ties with his family, and abandoned his home in 1998. His family tried searching him for 5 years and then eventually gave up.
Last week he was found unconscious at a rose farm where he worked as a supervisor. He was admitted to Nimhans where his condition worsened. Mahaveer’s friends got worried and used WhatsApp to circulate his photo, and hoped that his relatives would see and come over. The only clue they had was the name of the village that was mentioned in Mahaveer’s driving license.
They targeted Rajasthani groups and finally their effort gave results when Mahaveer’s son Pradyuman contacted them.
The father son reunion was a teary affair. Mahaveer told his son, “I’m free of all my guilt today; take me back to the land where I belong.”.
Mahaveer is now recuperating in Apollo hospital and awaiting reports that would help decide when he is discharged.
Mahaveer speaks eight languages and is well versed in Kannada and Marathi. He worked as a chauffeur, photographer, gardener, salesman and a supervisor at a farm, during his stay in Bengaluru all these years,” said Goverdhan Giri, Mahaveer’s friends in Bengaluru.
Though Mahaveer had decided he would never to return to his family, he was, in fact, getting affectionate towards them over the past three years. “He had a social-media account under a pseudonym and closely followed his sons. He sometimes expressed his desire to see his family,” Giri added.