Sr no 176
Some great fun for kids from an orphanage in Mumbai.
Over the last two years my friend Ankita has a dilemma: How to celebrate her birthday? Where to celebrate her birthday? With who to celebrate? This can become a dilemma for someone who lives it up almost every weekend. Because we can tend to get tired or bored of the same places and people we socialise so often with. Especially someone who consciousness has awakened to the gap between the privileaged and the ‘lesser’ children of gods.
Last year, she found a solution: She celebrated her birthday with a bunch of orphans, nearly 60.
This year, once again on her birthday, Nov 2, she did the same; but this she went a step further and invited a bunch of orphans to an awesome-fun place for children at Lower Parel. Funky Monkey.
Last year, she took her two kids, Ahaan and Ayaan, with her, and her sister and her kids, to the orphanage where she celebrated her birthday, so that the three children from a very young age can become sensitised to some things that we need to reinforce in children and adults regularly. Because human memory needs to be reinforced. Just like love in any relationship.
This year, Ankita’s two kids Ayaan and Ahaan and her Sister Akshita’s son, Aaarav, they themselves served the invited children brownies and a sweet drink. After the children had their snack, these three children even went around table to table and collected the brownie plastic covers and the waste tetra pack containers and put them away in the dustbin provided at the game centre.
I was glad, that these three children were not only getting sensitised to play with less privileaged children but also were made to collect the waste that got left behind by the children we had invited to party with us. They even picked up waste fallen on the floor without being told. “Swach Bharat” indeed, we smiled watching the kids go about collecting the waste. The invited children and their caretakers wanted to help, but we did not let them. They were our guests, after all.
Three little kids aged 6 to 9 did not let children as young as them throw the waste and went around every table and collected it. That is what stood out for me. I think it came naturally to them because we had made these three even serve the invited under privileaged children their brownie and sweet drink snack. So collecting the waste was natural to them.
The icing on her Ankita’s birthday day was what the caretaker of the orphan children had told her while the children were going berserk at the play centre – “You know, these children found out three days ago that today they are going to visit this play centre, Funky Monkey; they have been so excited since then! This morning they woke up at 6 am terribly excited that the day has finally dawned when they will be visiting a place where they can have some really exhilarating fun.”
All kinds of crazy fun must have invaded their minds I thought. Hearing this made Ankita and I wonder aloud, “Children who are privileaged, like ours, can get bored easily. However, these underprivileged kids probably do not know what getting bored means.”
Funky Money was kind, they offered us a great discount for these children. Thank you.
Happy Birthday once again Ankita, Thank you Himanshu & Ankita. Love from us and the children.
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