03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nurul Alam, Bangladeshi Fruit Vendor, Becomes Cause Celebre

As is often the case with immigrants trying to build full lives while hoping no one will notice, Mr. Alam has no voice in this story. Largely unknown to his clients, he became a fully fleshed figure only in absentia, no longer a neighborhood perk, but a person, someone with children, a past life in Bangladesh, and now, a big heart's worth of heartache.