I celebrated my first birthday away from my parents n Kerala. I was about to have a normal day at home, not knowing much about the current place Bangalore. But, I cudnt.. because my 28 years questioned my situation.On my birthdays, I used to have a drive in my car with a share from my purse and I used to buy food, good food ! I kept them in my backseat and I never returned with them. A temple ground , bus stand or Kottayam railway station was enough to distribute them. And then I return home with a smile, the smile my parents always love ! I never used to have a great bank account or a filled pocket, even when I was super busy in my career! Especially in December, I will be struggling for anything that is costly 🙂 Thanks to my profession and parents, I have been living like a princess and now to my partner, for keeping me just the same !
So on my birthday, I bluntly asked him.. ”can you take me to an old age home?”.
Google gave us many ( ahh.. we have created many )!
When I stepped inside that building, I expected sad ,lonely faces. A small girl was playing in the hall area, in skirt and blouse with a woolen sweater on. Looking at me, she smiled and wished us ‘sai ram’. Founder Shashi mam welcomed us with a warm smile. In her office, I met a teenage girl Shilpa, together they explained about Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust.
The day went fast, I met all the inmates, talked to them, all of them blessed me.
I have been visiting the similar kind of places back in Kerala, they all somehow reminded me about the struggles and unfortunate lives around. Here I saw people from different states, who speak different languages. A boy named John who speaks Tamil, was taking care of many things from arranging chairs to cleaning hands of his younger sisters. I was shocked to see his helping mentality and kindness towards others. My eyes were filled when he served me a piece of cake, came back again and again if I would like to have more. When he was having lunch,I asked him to have more, he did, but only after finishing the whole food in his plate. He knows the value.. he has been taught like that.
I could meet only the new admission kids, rest of them were having their day at school. I saw them returning home as a group, cleaning their feet and then getting inside with lot of smiles and energy. For them, its a regular day, with routines. They learn arts, they practice yoga everyday.. they go through Bhagavad Gita and yes, they live a disciplined life.
About the old folks there, none of them are perfectly healthy, some are bedridden, some blind, some paralyzed.. but each one of them has a smile.
I only had one thing in my mind, unanswered, I even asked Shashi mam.. that how are they able to keep this house, without having a great bank balance or support.. they dnt get help from NGO’s , they dnt have wealthy sponsors coming in, its just their household money which is not that much ! She smiled.. and in reply ..
”You can see, I have 25 kids and I have so many elders to take care of, sometimes we do get worried, perplexed about the expenses on food ,medicines etc.. but then suddenly one day, a lady or gentleman like you comes in, spends time with us, celebrates and share love, then we get recharged, we just feel fine and we move ahead with our mission.”
She shook me with that moment! She did not ask me donation or help. But, she earned a human being, who will return with more 🙂 even the smiles or the money she gets in future 🙂
A day worth living.
happy birthday to a happier me !! 🙂