Mangaluru: It is happening for the second time. Earlier this year, Harekala Hajabba, fruit-vendor-cum-literacy promoter, had travelled to the UAE to receive an honour from the Bearys Welfare Forum there. Some days before his departure, he suffered illness and was hospitalized.
Although suspense prevailed for some days, he travelled to the UAE and had a successful programme tour. On June 12, he is scheduled to be a guest of honour at ‘Vasantotsava 2015’ being organized by the Bahrain Kannada Sangha to mark its 37th anniversary.
But yet again, he was taken ill on Saturday and admitted to the Yenepoya hospital in Deralakatte. During the past few months, he has been putting in strenuous efforts to construct a sports ground for the school and also realize his dream of starting a pre-degree college.
The strain may have taken a toll on his frail figure and health. On Saturday, after his regular routine of visiting the school in the morning, he returned home and took rest. But he found it difficult to get up and complained of debility. He was rushed to the hospital and is said to be under observation.
Fondly called ‘Akshara Santa’ or ‘Saint of Literacy’ for his dedication to the promotion of education in spite of being deprived of higher education himself, Hajabba has a myriad of well-wishers.
All his admirers wish him quick recovery so that he can travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain as scheduled.
News on the Sage of Literacy:
- Mangalore: A ‘Classy’ Act – DC Motivates Students with Lessons at Hajabba’s School
- Bangalore: Harekala Hajabba among Rajyotsava Award Recipients
- Mangalore: Mangalorean.com Award Presented to Harekala Hajabba
- Mangalore: Book on Harekala Hajabba, Torch-bearer of Literacy, Released
- Bangalore: Hajabba Gets the Fruit of his Labour
- Bangalore: Hajabba the Fruit-seller with a Basketful of Dreams Feted
- Mangalore: The Illiterate who Provided Education to 126 Children