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Updated on August 25, 2016

The mountain breaker

Dashrath Manjhi
Dashrath Manjhi

The mountain breaker's story

When I read this man’s story, I wanted to kiss this man’s hands in gratitude. Gratitude for making me proud of my humanity and for showing me what man can achieve and what man can create from nothing.

I do not want to plagiarize the work of neeleshkulkarni who wrote the story, but Dashrath Manjhi is a man who lived in poverty, working long hours for less than the essentials and yet he sacrificed his few free hours and himself by dedicating his time and labor into carving a road through an obstructive mountain with his bare hands, using a hummer and chisel.

The fact that this man comes from the land of the God-Like Gandhi may or may not have something to do with his dedication, but whatever the source of his courage and his iron will, he has given me unbelievable pride in my humanity and his lack of education and his absolute poverty has caused me to feel humility which I had never felt before.

I tried to find out how I could express my thanks to him for the pride and admiration he has made me feel by easing his later years with some financial assistance, perhaps a poor and impertinent way to show my feelings, but regrettably, having achieved his miracle, he has passed on.

So I kiss his poor tired, knurled, calloused hands in spirit as the tears run down my face and I say “thank you” to him, by asking you to read his story here:


Beyers Naud
Beyers Naud

The true South African – Beyers Naudé

Plagiarising tonymac04 should become permissible by an act of Parliament, so I have no shame in doing so on the subject of  Beyers Naudé.  A white man born into a white racist family  and society and who managed through the power of his own spirit to overcome the obstacles imposed on him by his peers and by his history. Labeled a traitor to his own people for his rejection of apartheid and his championing of human rights, he is an example to us all and I also urge you to read Tony’s story here:

While visiting Tony, you might also want to visit his other story on the subject of “White heroes of the Anti-apartheid struggle” here:



Everybody dies; a grace poem

I have come across a wonderful poem by Storytellersrus which, by the law of tradition, will be lost to posterity, but I think that it has everything necessary to make into a classic and deserves to be acknowledged, even iif it is by the few of us here. Please take the trouble to look at it and if you agree with me, please leave your comment of encouragement for the poet.

Lisa  Preston
Lisa Preston

The love of a parent: “A Letter To My Youngest Son”

For those of us who are parents, knowing how often we have failed our children through our lack of knowledge of their psychology and full of guilt for refusal to learn about children before we became parents, lisadpreston ‘s letter to her son is a lesson in humility and of taking responsibility even at a later stage in life.

It is my hope that those of you who are also parents may want to read Lisa’s courageous letter to her son and to offer her support and encouragement through the comments section.




I am a confirmed capitalist, but I am also a believer in capitalism with a human face. ltfawkes has written a story which reflects my own feelings and beliefs so perfectly, that I have included it here in the hope that you want to also visit him and leave him a comment of encouragement.

I know that others have different views, but our humanity should allow us to hold different opinions and still like each other sufficiently to tolerate a dissimilar approach to politics and to debate our differences in a civilized manner.

In Conclusion

I believe that it will be well worth your time to pay a visit to the above sites and if you agree with me, perhaps you can leave suitable encouragement in the comments section, in the hope that the people who wrote these wonderful pieces, may give us some more of the same quality in the future

.Dimitris Mita

De Greek


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    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      you want me to die of cat bite Degreek!!!!!

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Aha! So FP ws forced to visit me then :-(

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr in the love fest would you please rememeber that i actually called her to tell her of this comment by you here!!!!!!!!

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      You don't LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE me anymore!!! :-)))

      Hi there FP, I got so used to your visits taht nomatter how many people pass by, it's never the same unless I see YOU here :-)))

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      DG, DG...would I ever desert you?!! :D

      You have a talent for discovering hubs that strike a chord with people, and generous Greek that you are, you always make it a point to encourage and acknowledge the writers. Let me salute you! :)

      And now, I'm off to read the hubs...

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      So is taht somposed to make me feel bettter? :-))

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      Degreek Feline is a personal friend.She seems to have deserted everyone nowdays !!!1

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Jane, it is a great pleasure to me when I come across people such as yourself, with the higher feelings/instincts. Thank you for passing by.

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      Jane Bovary 

      8 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      De Greek, that story of Dashrath Manjhi is incredible and it has a symbolic resonance. It's a a testiment to so many things...hard work, determination, selflessness, tenacity, self-belief..I'm sure I could go on indefinitely.Wow, what a guy.he makes me believe we shouldn't lose heart when trying to chip away at our mountains.

      I also echo all those comments about you being a great member of this writing community.


    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- Nighthag, I am so pleased taht we share similar thoughts and preferences. Thank you for passing by :-)

      __ Hi James, I am so glad you liked them, especially since you are such a talented writer. Thank you :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for these fine references to a set of brilliant Hubs. You have performed a needful service to the HubPages Community.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      a wonderfully inspirational story of one mans patience and determination,

      Which I thought was amazing enough,

      But thank you so much for the amazing links, some of them touched my heart deeply..Thank You

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thank you Denise. You are a kind person :-)

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great hub. Beautiful It was touching reading the work of others you have recommended. Thank you. It led me to some very special pieces. Bookmarked.

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi GL, thank you for passing by and for your support :-)

    • Green Lotus profile image


      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you as always for your suggestions. This one is bookmarked for future reference but today I will begin at the top:)

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- Katie, thank you very much. I am particularly pleased that you said you also kiss this wonderful man's hands

      -- LadyJane, your opinion about pink is not universally held :-)))

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      Hey real men wear pink remember? THanks for sharing this I shall read them all. Cheers.

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thank you for delivering this touching and inspiring story to us, we who do so little receiving so much and living in such luxuries I'm sure this man never knew. I'm impressed with such a man to dedicate each day to such intense labor and that which to us seemingly impossible. I too kiss his hand, visit the site and beleive he is enjoying the fruits of his labor with the ability to receive~! Blessings, Peace and Love, Katie

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      And have you noticed how a lot of my traditional friends have not shown up in this case? Even Feline Prophet has deserted me! Nobody loooooooooves me any more......:-(

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- OK Lisa. Just checking :-))))

      -- Brother neeleshkulkarni, I admit to once owning a peach coloured T-shirt (though my sisters insisted that it was pink, my own position still is that it was peach coloured), and when I was twenty one I bought a silk dressing gown in Japan with a dragon stitched in silk gold thread at the back. Those possessions not withstanding though, my sexual preferences are strictly traditional. Nor is a pink shirt a euphemism for strange unmanly behaviour in my case. Give me Lisa every time... :-)))))))

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      were it not errrrrr unnatural i would say the same Dimitri

    • lisadpreston profile image


      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      DeGreek how could you say such a thing? I dooooo looovvveee uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! You are my favorite person. Without you and your support I could never have lasted on here. Luuuuuuuuuuuv, Lisa

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- Tony, thank you very much for passing by and for your kind words. You should know by now how much I admire you and naturally your opinion means a lot to me :-)

      -- Dave, with your well chosen words you have made me feel good. Thank you :-)

      -- Hi Petra, let us try to support the authors of those stories as a "thank you" to them and as an encouragement to give us more. Thank you for your support :-)

      -- IP I am glad to see you and to hear your words. Thank you :-)

      -- Dallas, thank you also for your contribution. Nice to see you :-)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great article. We stand on the shoulders of greatness. Thanks foe sharing.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      As we so often say easily and without thinking 'thank you for sharing' but SERIOUSLY, thank you for sharing!

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello my friend

      It takes a caring person like you to recognize the grateness of others and pay tribut to their efforts. All of those hubs are worth reading and learning from; compassion is more rare than ever those days. Thank you Dimitiris.

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      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I guess you can choose to be humble, or be humbled. I'll choose... - thanks for the examples to follow.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      My dear brother Dimitris - you are such a model of compassion and caring yourself. Your generosity is overwhelming. A million thanks for this Hub.

      I hope you will notice that I have read and commented on each of the Hubs you recommend here (excluding my own, of course!). I feel so honoured and humbled that you mentioned my simple efforts. You have my full permission to plagiarise my writings! No Act of Parliament needed!

      Thanks again for an awesome act of generosity.

      Love and peace


    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Ahhhhh..... Martie you've made my day. Thank you :-)

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for taking the time to recommend such wonderful, heart-touching hubs. It also reflects the deepness of your soul, Sir, and the quantity and quality of your empathy and love for your fellow-men. I’m proud of myself for being one of your followers. Take care!

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- Pamela, I see that you have been to visit some of the hubs I have listed here and I thank you for doing so and for your kind words.

      -- Nellieanna, thank you for your kind words, which I have come to expect from you in any case, but I was touched that you have actually gone and visited the site I have listed here. Thank you. Let us all try to spread the word about these wonderful people. especially the mountain breaker

      -- Lisa My Love, thank you. Yes the story of the Mountain Breaker is astonishing, but your own wonderful letter is not far behind. But you don't looooove me any more :-))))

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio


      You are just too much. I am a little shocked to see this hub of mine up here but I am touched and deeply flattered. I had read one of the other hubs already and loved it. I intend to read all of them. The story of the Mountain Breaker is so touching. You already know that it got to me. I suppose the only way we can give back to him now is to HONOR him and spread his story. A truly remarkable human being.

      Thank you DeGreek. You, yourself are pretty remarkable. Your generosity amazes me along with your genuine kindness. I'll shut up now because I could sit here and type praises of you all day.



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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dimitris - I'm blown away by each of these admirable articles you've recommended, which I've read and where I've left heartfelt comments. I am also blown away by your generous spirit and sensitivity in appreciating them for yourself and then wanting to share them with others here - enough to dedicate an entire hub to doing just that!

      I am truly grateful.

      PS - it's most heartwarming, too - to read the kind and generous comments here from others about several outstanding human beings and great articles which bring encouragement and support to others. WHAT A TEAM! WHAT A TEAM!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good article that is a tribute to some very deserving people. Nice job.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      --Marie, thank you for passing by and for your kind comments. I am glad that we share the same feelings about that simple man.

      Regrettably, the other authors are not aware that I have written about their stories yet. I hope that they will eventually pass by and read this tribute to them :-))


      -- drbj I know that you are a person with the finer feelings and I hope that you will show support to the authors.


      -- Christopher, thank you for your kind words. Let's support these authors as a way of saying thank you and as an encouragement to write more of the same. :-)

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      Christopher Price 

      8 years ago from Vermont, USA


      Thank you so much for sharing these links to stories that touch my heart and make me proud to be human.

      For all the ways we, as a species, use and abuse one another, there are people that shine as a beacon in the darkness, who reveal the strength, the empathy and the nobility that is the spirit in us all.

      I'll certainly be sharing the hub about Dashrath Manjhi with my children. It is a story I'll never forget.

      Like you, I regret I hadn't learned of his singular quest when there was a chance to somehow support him. Telling his tale will help others to take inspiration from him and hopefully do great things.



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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      What remarkable human beings you have written about in this hub, Dimi. And what a remarkable tribute to them this article represents. I shall read all these hubs and I thank you for bringing them to my attention.

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      De Greek, :::taking a deep breath:::: Just finished reading your hub and went on to read neeleshkulkarni's story which made my eyes misty. I am truly moved as this is a true example of love and determination in action, its a lesson for all of us! Will be reading the other suggested links. Thanks a bunch for writing this awesome, soul stirring hub! You are one of the hubbers I am glad to have crossed paths with.

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      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for sharing Dimitris.

      Mountain Breaker is touching story of the highest human idealism. Thank you so much for introducing it to us.

      Tony`s Hubs are evergreen!

      Raise the Taxes is also example of human idealism, but unfortunately, in this world money does not come easily to those ones who are in real need. When taxes goes up, pockets of politicians become fuller, we usually get some new war and pockets of poor ones become even more emptier (if they still have some pockets at all). If there would not be like that, there would be no wars, therorism, criminal, poverty, discrimination....etc, etc.

      Thank you so much for this Hub and excellent choise of links of our dear colleagues.

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      -- Hmrjmr1, you are quick off the mark there :-) Many thnaks for visiting and for your comment :-)

      -- Brother neeleshkulkarni thank YOU for bringing that wonderful man, that true hero to our attention

      -- Brother Ken, I would expect a man of your sensitive, kind heart to understand this story :-)

      -- Raye, YOU are the one who is compassionate,since you understand how truly owed I am by such people :-) Thank you for passing by ...

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      A hub to end all hubs Dimitris. You are a shining example of human compassion.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for this beautiful share of links. I read with a humbled heart about the man who moved a mountain one chip at a time. Simply amazing, I will also read the other links as well. Life is simply amazing and the accomplishments of humans staggering to say the least.

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      8 years ago from new delhi

      when i read your tribute to my hero Dashrath majhi, now it is I who has tears streaming down my face DeGreek.If i have been able to touch one life with his message I think i have repaid a part of the enormous debt that this man has loaded us all with by doing what he did.

      thank ytou DE greek thanks again.regret cannot put into words the passion i feel now.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Spread the Hub Love Greek my friend! Great Job!


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