153A) recipient of help, a livelihood bicycle. I think, Destiny is that super privileged entity whose importance and significance in our lives, I believe, is overrated by her believers and followers who are simply being humble about their own right and wrong choices, their hard work and their astuteness.

153A Pali Farmer Ramdas Sawant Radhika R

153A) recipient of help, a livelihood bicycle.

I think, Destiny is that super privileged entity whose importance and significance in our lives, I believe, is overrated by her believers and followers who are simply being humble about their own right and wrong choices, their hard work and their astuteness.

Ramdas Sawant (40)

Farmer.

Ramdas resides at a village 8 kms from Pali, Ratnagiri. His father was a mill worker, at a spinning and weaving mill in Bombay. But he had to return to his village and farming, when almost all the mills in Bombay shut down, as a result of the agitation led by union leader Datta Samant.
That agitation destroyed thousands of dreams and aspirations.

The uphill road did not end there. Ramdas’s parents passed away when he was a child. He could not study beyond the tenth class. Thereafter, he was brought up by his maternal uncle.
A fine job his uncle did, taking complete responsibility of his orphaned close relatives. Salute.

Farming was the choice Ramdas made, as a young adult, and has been at it over 20 years. Or, maybe he was guided by his uncle, I do not know. But he stuck to it. From it, he made a life from it for himself and his family. Providing them a roof with an education far beyond his own.
Ramdas has two children, one girl, 12, and a boy 8. Both are studying in a school at Pali, where Mukul Madhav Foundation’s free medical camp was held.

Ramdas will use bicycle to commute to Pali from his village, which is about 5 kms away. Most importantly, he will save Rs 12 a day, he said, by using a bicycle for his daily commute. He will ride to the markets around Pali village to sell his fresh produce.

Once again, I came across a farmer who believed education can lift them high above the crops they nurture and depend on so heavily for their livelihood. However much he loves his profession, the insecurity a farmer suffers and bears is something most of them do not want their children to live.

Like the film industry, I thought. My father, a lyricists, discouraged me from being here. Dad wold say… so, respect for an unsuccessful person here is as elusive as Hailey’s Comet if you are lucky, and for most its non-existent like the ‘fountain of eternal youth.’ Yet, I persisted. 🙂

Ramdas believes he made the right choice by being a farmer. The math worked. It has so far at least, he believes. I believe it too. That our today leads to our tomorrows, and we need to live just one day at a time to its fullest and then maybe someday in the future we can credit it all, good and bad, to destiny.

I think, Destiny is that super privileged entity whose importance and significance in our lives, I believe, is overrated by her believers and followers who are simply being humble about their own right and wrong choices, their hard work and their astuteness.

I had read somewhere …. “Life is the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life. Day to day struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world’s creatures. Every decision that we make has significance. How a person faces each challenge that comes their way however, says much about their character, who they are on the inside. Some people draw strength and inspiration from the experiences of others.”

Often their stories of success get told. Many successful people from both the past and present have inspired people to face and overcome life’s many challenges through their stories. Such stories help people to see they are not alone in their struggles and that it is possible to overcome their problems, eventually.
That is why sharing stories is important.

This bicycle was donated to Ramdas by Radhika Radia. Thank you Radhika.

We handed the bicycle to him at Pali, en route our Pune to Ratnagiri Cyclothon in Dec 2015, which included a free medical health camp for nearly 3000 Zilla Parishand school children sponsored by #MukulMadhavFoundation, (MMF), the NGO based in Pune. MMF’s team helped us locate this beneficiary through their rural resources.

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