And they named it -‘Sarvahitey’… 5

My conversation with Keshav Datta certainly prompts me to return to the thoughts I have been guilty of, like youth today only care about hanging out with friends, movies, fashion and the number of likes for their selfies on Facebook and cannot be concerned about ‘real-world’ problems like poverty.

Sometimes we really should question the preconceived notions that we carry in our minds. Shouldn’t we? I just did!

Let me tell you the story of six individuals, all from different walks of life who shared a common passion and common mission to change the face of society and bring empowerment to the less fortunate classes and they named their mission as Sarvahitey.

As the name suggests, Sarvahitey works for the Good of All. Started as a student group, it is a full-fledged NGO today which touches the lives of thousands of people.

Sarvahitey is a festival of youth gathering under one umbrella to spread joy and warmth through various projects encompassing Education, Donation of Articles, Cleanliness and Sanitation, Development of a Village, Adversity Mitigation, Personal and Cultural Development, among others.

– says Keshav Datta, one of the founder.

The founders of Sarvahitey have not only brought in such friends, who, though busy with their own professional, social and personal lives, had the zeal to serve the society but also developed Sarvahitey from a nascent initiative to an adolescent organization, such that people from all walks of life could devote just a few hours every week, and could still make a positive change in the lives of others.

Amazing!! Isn’t it?

For these young social workers, Sarvahitey has not been an organization, but a platform; a platform between those who want to make a difference, but do not know how to go about it and the disadvantaged ones. It helps people realize how effortless it is to just go ahead and serve. Their aim is to make social service a culture, a part of each one’s lifestyle.

While the world laments and bemoans problems, these changemakers resolute in their belief for change. They believe that purity of purpose and selflessness of spirit can overcome any limitation.

With a simple working model that’s conducive to the busiest of persons, everyone is invited to have their portion from the nectar of ‘sharing and caring’, everyone is invited to spare a few hours and such few hours accumulate into service throughout the week. Innovative! I must say.

Thinking of ‘them’ before ‘me’ will make you discover a whole new side to yourself, one that wants to help just to see a child’s face light up in the brightest smile or watch an eighty-year-old believe once again in the power of humanity.

Let’s come together, and take each other’s support to build a nation of social servants, eradicating sorrows of all.

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How do you celebrate your child’s birthday? 7

There are times when many of us want to do something for the society. There are many of us who put a smile on the face of underprivileged children in our own way. And we all feel content to see that smile even if it’s for a short while.

I also belong to that genre of people whose heart cry to see these children who sleep empty stomach many times, who wears torn clothes and no footwear; still surviving in all the harsh weather.  I do try to bring a smile to their face whenever I can. Sometimes by buying the balloons from them or sometimes feeding them their choice of food.

Once a random thought of celebrating my daughter’s birthday in an orphanage crossed my mind. I was happy to think the number of faces who will smile with us when we will celebrate her birthday.

Finally, the day came, we have ordered a big cake, all eateries were nicely packed, gifts to distribute were bought in advance and we left for the nearby orphanage to celebrate her birthday.

We were all happy. The mother in me was happy too as I thought I am inculcating good values in my daughter.

Soon we reached there. As we entered, I saw many faces lit up and they all welcomed us shyly with a smile.

When the cake was put on the table all their eyes were glued to the cake which was fancy enough to attract them. I saw the cheek-to-cheek smile on many faces as they sang the birthday song for my daughter.

Soon the food was distributed, toys were given to each of them by my daughter and they all looked happy. Even my happiness knew no bounds to see them all happy.

When it was time for us to leave, a tiny hand held my finger. I looked down and sat beside him as I could guess he wanted to say something.

The little boy whispered into my ears,” Didi, will you come with the same big cake and so many things to eat and a toy on my birthday too?” His question left me speechless. He again said,” But I don’t know when is my birthday. Can you please tell how to find it out?” Tears started rolling down my cheeks. I composed myself and gathered the courage to stand up. I left without saying anything to him because I didn’t know the answer.

All that happiness took a back seat and I wondered whether I did a right thing or not? I hope I have not harmed their emotions. I never thought what impact the birthday celebration will have on their mind. I hoped I have not made them feel more unfortunate. Anyways I wanted to rectify it. I went there the next week with two cakes this time and asked each one of them to cut it.

Though it still didn’t make me feel good but I learned one important lesson that day. It’s good to bring a smile to these children but it is more important to not make them feel that they are unfortunate. I still celebrate my daughter’s birthday there but I never say that it’s her birthday. I simply take a big cake and ask each one of them to cut it.  We all sing the birthday song for each other. This makes them feel happy and to see them happy I feel the same way.

So if you too are planning to celebrate your child’s birthday in an orphanage, its a humble request to you to do it the same way. This way we don’t leave any child wondering about his family, loved ones and his birthday.

 

Having a great marriage isn’t a rocket science. It’s simply a choice!! 2

Marriage in itself is an institution, that teaches you the best it can, only you need to be learning. Marriage is always a matter of pride, a matter of choice but ironically, people consider a good marriage as a matter of chance. Especially people who are going to get married would be wondering if someone able and eminent could advise them, what to do and what not to in their upcoming married life. Some piece of advice is shared here, that would make your marriage a real positive one.

Communication is the key

For the healthy matrimony relation, the communication that is clear and candid is the key. Each and every feeling should be clearly expressed and ground of understanding should be so strong that either of the partners should not hesitate to express himself at any moment. Do not take it for granted, that latest status update is automatic and your spouse is some “Antar Yami”. Express it, he will know.

Only change is constant

No matter what kind of time (good or bad), you face in life, just face it by staying positive and together. Do remember time is not constant at all. Today may be his/her bad phase, may be a period that is not awesome and everything is moving downhill. Remember ” This shall too pass”. Just be together!!

Affection breeds more of the same

At any point in time, one feels less affection in the marriage relation, one should put in more affection himself in the relation itself. For you get what you give. Complaining always that ” Aap Mujhe Pyaar nai karte..”, expect same from you also. It is known for the fact that more you nurture your relation with affection, the more it produces the same.

Let go is the ‘Achook’ mantra

One has to see that nothing is more valuable than a marriage of yours. So, let things go, how hurtful they seem. Let go small issues, if any. After all, a happy marriage is a union of two great forgivers! Marriage is not something like your wifi connection that if you are not connected for some time, you start searching for other operators with more bandwidth. Stop searching for options! “Yeh nai toh Aur sahi” is the wrong statement.

Say the problems to solve the problems

Walking away from arguments or staying silent over the issues will not work in a relation. Better say things and hear the others point of view on the same. ” Agar main Kuch nai keh rahi, toh tum samajh jao”, Really! Technically it is not possible. Never stop dialogue coz it conveys and resolves.

Be friends who are equal in all aspects

Before partners, you should be friends with each other. You should be ready to give each other equality of thoughts, speech and expression. If you want independence, going out at friends home for gupshup or kitty, wants to go to your cousin’s place for staying with kids or go shopping without disturbance, what if your spouse too, wants to chill out with his friends and go on boys trip, let him. Behave like friends to each other before behaving as life partners.

Give and receive space

It is okay to give the required space to your partner when desired. Space doesn’t mean isolation or ignoring something, but most of the time it means to revive oneself. Give your partner his/her space, why are you wearing this shirt always, why are you texting always why don’t you do this, why do you like that always…Stop! he/she is also human, let him breathe too.

Believe me, marriage is the beautifulest relationship as you can dance, sing, eat, do whatever with your bestest friend who is yours and yours only…..forever. So, enjoy it and cherish it.