Pranav Nemani had searched for 12 years to locate the man who had given him free peanuts on a Kakinada beach.
A rare and heart-warming incident has moved the residents of Nagulapalli, a village in Andhra Pradesh recently. A young man came down all the way from the USA to repay a debt the family had incurred almost 12 years ago.
It all started in 2010, when Mohan Nemani, an NRI took his two little children to the beach near Kakinada. There they met Ginjala Peda Sathiyya who used to sell groundnuts on that beach for a living. Mohan proceeded to buy his children some peanuts but soon realised that he had left his purse at home. The kind-hearted peanut seller, Sathiyya, however did not mind and gave the children peanuts free of cost.
Mohan and his family returned home and flew back to the US after that, but the kind gesture of the peanut vendor stayed on the mind of 10-year-old Pranav. He had taken a photograph of Sathiyya at the beach; so, every time he returned to Kakinada, he and his family would try to look for the generous man. For years they searched, but in vain.
Then, a local MLA, Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy, a friend of Mohan’s brother, borrowed the photograph and displayed it on his page on Facebook, hoping that somebody would identify him and perhaps help locate him. The search bore fruit this time and Peda Sathiyya’s family was located at Nagulapalli village soon after.
Unfortunately, it has been two years since Peda Sathiyya died, but his family were around. Pranav, now 21-years-old and his sister went to meet them and related to them the reason for their visit. They also handed over to them Rs 25,000, calling it a ‘repayment’ of a debt they had carried for 12 long years.