India's 'medicine man' brings pills to the poor

Omkarnath Sharma, known as 'Medicine Baba', seen in a room full of pills, capsules and syrups collected by him in New DelhiIt’s early morning but already “Medicine Baba” Omkarnath Sharma is pounding the pavement in one of New Delhi’s upscale neighbourhoods, collecting the wellheeled’s leftover pills, capsules and syrups. Like a modern-day town crier, the 79-year-old calls to residents to bring out their medicines, rather than throw them away, to donate to the Indian capital’s millions of desperate poor. “All of us have some medicines lying around in our houses but we end up throwing them in the dustbin,” said Sharma, whose affectionate title means wise man.

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