While a lot of people are waxing eloquent on social media about what our government is not doing and what it should be doing . The irony of life cannot be ignored . While we watch devastation and death on one hand .. I see hope and happiness on the other . I know one person cannot control the destiny of of a nation but one has the power to restore ones faith in humanity!!!
Here’s a story :
Close to our neighbourhood are some high end apartments. I noticed that outside one of them Voltas had installed a refrigerator ( complete with lock n chain and an awning ) . The watch man informed me that it’s a part of the “Wall of humanity “ project . People leave food here for the less fortunate .
Construction of a tower behind this one has come to a stand still . The daily wage labourers have their temporary sheds .. a roof over their head but little else . Took a head count .. 35 including kids .
So my neighbour and me decided to cook . We would pack simple food in 35 foil containers . I worked on lunch and she did dinner .
We would leave the perishables in the fridge . This way the dignity of the labourers was not compromised .
Day 3 .. a few ladies from the building approached us and offered to pool resources to supply food till construction work resumed .
On Ramnavami as I walked back to the car after I dropped off the food .. I saw a little boy lift one corner of the foil container and his smile made me misty eyed . I had packed halwa puri n chana .( a dear friend had mentioned that they had Sheera for dessert so I was inspired to make it for the kids here )
Wait the hero of this story …, no .. not my neighbour nor me ! It’s the small veggie shop owner who refused to charge us , the man who runs a pretty provision store who donated 5 kgs each of rice , toor dal and atta … and a watchman of the building who brings a flask full of chai and Marie biscuits twice a day .
When asked he says Madamji ..इस संकट की घड़ी में जितना हम से बन पढ़ता है हम करेंगे ! बाँट के खाने में ही सुख है !
I know I will never forget the generosity of their heart and spirit ! It sure restored my faith in humanity !
Incredible India 🇮🇳