Edwin Joseph: The sparrow man of Bengaluru

Edwin Joseph of Bengaluru starts his day on a different note. The 64-year-old rises every morning to the cheery chirps of more than 200 sparrows.

Joseph, a retired BEML employee, has turned his house on Gospel Street in St Thomas Town into a sanctuary for these tiny birds, whose numbers in rapidly urbanising Bengaluru.

Joseph's love for sparrows was kindled more than a decade ago, while watching them feed on boiled rice thrown by his wife, Sarah, under some small trees on a vacant plot inside his compound.

Now retired, his daily routine is to wake up at 5 am, get ready, feed the birds, water the plants, and then do house work. "The pension amount that I get is Rs 2,500 per month, which I spend on these birds," he said.

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