228 – The family a martyred soldier leaves behind.

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In the past, in our own limited and tiny ways, we have assisted some less privileged people with their livelihoods, education, assisted some children with cerebral palsy who needed wheelchairs to reach their goals with better mobility, computers education for the visually impaired … Thanks to our donors.

We had never thought that we should, or can, reach out to some families of martyred Indian army jawaans (soldiers).

My self motivated and self-financed friend, Vikas Manhas, who keeps in touch with many families of Indian Army martyrs, had mentioned to me – …” some such families sometimes need ‘help,  and most often they do not have access to NGOs” (or someone like us who are not a ‘NGO’ yet can aid them in our own tiny ways).

They are often assisted by wives of past martyrs or wives of officers currently serving in the Army. These are self motivated help-groups within the army neighborhoods who reach out to martyrs families in their own regions when they learn of a soldier’s martyrdom. One such volunteer is an ex Major herself, living in Pune, Sheetal.

Vikas and Sheetal put us in touch with two such families, one in Pune and the other in Nanded, and we learnt that we can assist them, in our own limited ways, by contributing to their children’s school education, and we did.

Because, it was not just enough for us that ‘the government’ and army will or should look after our martyred soldiers families needs. If we too can contribute, particularly for their education or medical needs, it sends out a message to them and others that ‘yes, we, the nation, too care…’

The Pune family, her daughters are twins, and the Nanded family has a daughter too. Three bright girls without their papa, but a mumma who carries the torch of the family and is marching ahead by finding employment to support her family. One has yet to find employment, she has applied for a job in the Army canteen and is awaiting confirmation.

The Pune widow told me that though she paid the school fees for her twins amounting to Rs 35000, the school later returned her money. Super! (Earlier to this, when I had asked her, if we can pay the fees for her twins she had told me “i have already paid their school fees from my savings, you please help someone else who cannot afford to pay the fees” Such a generous and dignified woman!, a truly ‘rich’ person, I thought of her.)

Thank you Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune, Raminder Kaushal and myself, for contributing to the school fees and stationery needs of three children belonging to two martyred soldiers families.

The accompanying photograph of children is from the school of one of the martyred soldier’s village, the students paid homage to their ex student when the news arrived that he was killed in an anti terror operation in Kashmir;

I chose to post this, so that next time we read about the death of a soldier, some of us may bow our head down with a few seconds of silence for the departed soul/s.

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So far so good. Chin up!

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So far, so good.

Feet on the ground, chin up, looking forward to much better days. Could have been worse, ya, not been run over by traffic or even a bicycle on fast lanes, I have been able to cross over to the other sides on every occasion, though been bruised at times by people who didn’t notice me crossing hesitantly or making a dash for it!

Some stopped to pat me, they always looked into my eyes. Many stopped to feed me, not all met my gaze even half way, perhaps scared I may tag along. Still looking for home.

As I make my way through people, searching, hoping, I sense they are perhaps more lonely than me. At least I have many ‘friends’ who are not virtual and are in touch with me at all times – ticks. They not that bad ya, even ticks are welcome when you have no one and nothing else.

But so many people are just like me, some searching for a small bit of their own sky, many for a heart full of companionship, and many others for stomach full food.

(Photo Courtesy @nidhimataneja)

227 Ajay Gupta, visually impaired, learning singing from his visually impaired tutor Neelam;

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Neelam performs professionally with an orchestra of the visually impaired, Nayan Foundation https://www.facebook.com/nfpa63/
 
Thank you Picto Writ for supporting Ajay Gupta’s singing lessons.
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225 – “… main hamesha khush hi rehati hoon Sir, main kabhi sad nahi hoti.” (I remain happy, always, I never stay sad.) I want to achieve a lot in future.

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Harsha, Mrunal, and Ashwini. (Visually impaired students)
 
Hello dear people, who may be following our non-profit social initiative ‘blog’ and activities.
 
I have returned after a long gap. I was occupied with family responsibilities and the publication of my second little dream, Let’s Talk On Air – Conversation With Radio Presenters.
 
We, Bicycle Angels, were able to identify these three worthy beneficiaries of our tiny assistance – Harsha, Mrunal and Ashwini.
 
All three students, Harsha, Mrunal, and Ashwini, visually impaired (aka blind) since birth, are keen to acquire computer literacy so that they can navigate the digital world at the touch of their fingers. They anyways navigate the world with their sense of sound and touch but feel lost and ‘blind’ if they do not learn how to work on ‘computers’. So we decided to partly fund their computer literacy course. One of them is partially ‘blind’, she can see faintly if the object is very near to her face.
 
I could not meet them personally, however, I chatted to them over the phone and decided to share with you all what I loved most about one of the students, Harsha; what inspired us to assist her and her two batch mates. To begin with, all three students are from villages in Maharashtra, their parents, one has lost her father to illness, are agriculture workers.
 
Harsha’s parents are agriculture workers, I think. She loves to read a lot and write a lot. Loves her studies and loves to sing. Her brother is younger to her, and he helps her a lot. Whatever whenever she asks her brother to do for her he does quickly, she never has to ask him a second time! Because Harsha sings, she would love to sing this song for him on Rakhi day : Meri raakhi ki dor kabhi ho na kamzor..
 
If she gets her eyes back this instant, a miracle or with the assistance of science, Harsha wants to see her ‘mummy’ aur ‘papa’ first! And her brother; nobody else, and nothing else. She wants to first see only her family.
 
Harsha is the happiest (and she giggled joyfully) when her parents are the happiest, and that happens when she comes FIRST in her studies! And she added, “… main hamesha khush hi rehati hoon Sir, main kabhi sad nahi hoti.” (I remain happy, always, I never stay sad.) I want to achieve a lot in future.
 
I asked Harsha to name a song that she would love to sing for the people who are assisting her in paying her fees, she mentioned this song: ‘Ae Mere Dost Laut Ke Aaja’ from the film Swarg.
 
Thank you dear Suman Datt, Rita Hinduja-Chhabria, Akshita Jain Ankita Shah Priyanka Chaturvedi Amit Bakshi Priyanka Dutta Bakshi Niraj Vora Minnie P Mehra Brijesh Ranawat , Sabira M Husein, Laila, Siddharth Vora and me 😊 for assisting them in receiving a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.
 
(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)
 
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224 … distributing warm blankets this winter Sunday morning to pavement dwellers on the Juhu to Bandra ride today.

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Thank you to these Bicycle Angels 🚴😇 Ekta, Sam, Jayram, Vinod, Captain, Amin and Cyrus; for distributing warm blankets this winter Sunday morning to pavement dwellers on the Juhu to Bandra ride today.

Thank you very much (Sai Baba) and Shashi Chhabria for the super warm and super big sized blankets.

He will also go for Ganpati darshan on his first ever wheelchair.

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#happy Devesh (15), got his first ever wheelchair today… He will also go for Ganpati darshan on it. https://www.facebook.com/rakesh.anand.bakshi/videos/10156712328428213/

His mother says, “I have never given up on him. Over the years we have made him talk and walk!!! We never stopped giving him daily massage and, physiotherapy. We would talk a lot with him. His elder sister helps him learn new things 💪🙌🏻👏

(We are blessed someone makes us a part of their daily goals.)

Thank you Anupama Chibber and Anuradha Sethi.

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222 Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

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Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

Thank you Anu, for providing therapy putty (for children to work with) to a bunch of children (at ADAPT school) who are dealing with their CP (cerebral palsy) condition;

CP affects their ability to do daily living tasks, simple for us to achieve, like feeding themselves, dressing, self-care and handwriting.

 

Therapy putty is nontoxic, clean & non-oily therapy putty, leaves no colour or residue on the patient’s hands and it won’t fragment, separate or stick to skin. It is designed to meet a wide range of hand / arm strengthening needs, putty can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched. Each color-coded putty has a different consistency ranging from super soft for strengthening the weakest grasp to extra-firm for developing a stronger grip.

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221 – Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.

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Vicky Darji – (21, graduate in History, visually impaired, Blind)
 
“The most challenges we ‘blind’ people face in Mumbai is negotiating crowded places. However, people are by and large good and helpful. I have realised, if we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Vicky is blind since birth. He resides at Mumbai Central with his two siblings and parents. When I went to meet him at Victoria Memorial school for the Blind at Tardeo, his mother had accompanied him and she accompanies him to school daily. Seeing them approach from a distance I could see they shared a very good friendship, they were chatting with each other happily while she led him to school for his computer literacy course.
 
Vicky is fond of Maratha history, from the six subjects he has studied in history. I asked him why he liked it the most, he replied – “Because I could understand it easily.” I prodded him further, -hat other things in life, about our lives, has he understood as easily/fast as his favorite subject Maratha history?
 
Vicky replied – “Maine toh life mein ek cheez aasani se seekhi hai, ki humme life mein adjust karna chahiye. I have understood this aspect of our lives easily, that we have to adjust in life to get along happily. Especially when it comes to family. A good thing about my family is that they have never made me feel I am in any way different from them, or abnormal. They have always encouraged me.”
 
Moreover, he told me, considering the blind navigate the world by feeling/sensing things with their sense of touch, the people they become very close to they can recognise by simply touching their hands or face. And the person he has held the hand most and felt the face of most often, and loves to, is his Mumma, Mother; He addresses his mother as ‘Mumma”.
 
Vicky – “The most challenges we blind people face in Mumbai is at crowded places. It becomes very hard for us to navigate crowds. But people are by and large helpful in Mumbai, moreover, its not that people are less or more helpful anywhere else, but I think we have to have a positive outlook towards life and people and I believe if we have that then life and people are by and large good and helpful. Our attitude towards others defines our experiences with them.”
 
Last, but not the least, before we parted I asked him to name me three things/people he would love to see first, if by medicine or miracle he can get his sight.
He replied, “1) First, and naturally so, I would like to see my mom and dad; 2) Then I want to see all those people who have encouraged me, supported me in my goals and ambitions, like my teachers, friends, strangers; 3) I want to see legendary singer Mohammad Rafi; 4) Natural places like the village environment, where there is open land.
Another thing I have realised, …. I believe that people are by and large good and helpful. If we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Thank you dear Suman, Ritu, Akshita, Ankita, Priyanka, Amit/Priyanka, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Laila, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.
 
(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)
 
We decided to teach computers to the visually impaired, so that they can navigate the online world (a world they cannot navigate with their sense of touch) with the help of a software that narrates to them in audio all the text matter that appears on the screen/monitor they working on. It will help them get better jobs.
 
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220 – Stationery for a school on wheels – ek chalta phirta school.

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Stationery for a school on wheels : Door Step School. Ek chalta phirta school 🙂

Five bright-yellow painted buses that double as daily classes – that travel daily to locations at Jogeshwari East (Below Thackrey Flyover), Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder, Faras Street, Khadak Pada, Mandala.

Door Step School provides education and support to the often-forgotten children of pavement dwellers, slum dwellers, construction site families and many other underprivileged families. Many of these children are not enrolled in school and have limited access to books and a place to study. Additionally, many children drop out of school to work or care for younger children. With neither support nor resources at home some children also suffer from very low learning levels. They are trying to bridge this big gap by bringing basic education to the “door steps” of underprivileged children.

Door Step School was established in Mumbai, India in 1988 and later expanded to Pune in 1993. http://www.doorstepschool.org/pune/

Padhega India toh aage badhega India.

Thank you Ankita Shah Kailas Nagaokar and FM Rainblow 107.1 FM RJs Aashna Bhatia Aneesh Dighe Girija Iyer Milee Ravin Chauhan Shivkumar Singh RJ Shweta Shweta Sharma Sonali Chandan Naphade Vaishali Vishal Parikh Zubin Nalawalla

 


Thank you Vaishali for bringing the RJs from your radio station together on one platform for one cause.

 

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217 – Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

 

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Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

A NGO based in Pune sometimes takes residents of some old age homes in Pune (Punyadham, Abalmaya, Matoshree) for movies… films the seniors are keen to watch. This time, the NGO took the seniors for ‘Raazi’ as they were keen to see it.

Some of these old age homes also house seniors who were found homless on streets; and Punyadham also organises weddings of their senior inmates who do not have a living life-partner so that they can live the rest of their lives with life-companions.

The seniors are looked after on their day out to the movies just as we would had we taken our elders to the movies…. just like our parents or uncles and aunts would take us for movies when we were children.

We believe, when our parents, uncles, aunts become old, and turn into the children we once were, it’s pay back time for us. Such trips to the movies, now and then, also helps the seniors get over some of the loneliness they go through living away from old friends and family.

Their message to us post their movie trip:
“…. everything was well-coordinated and planned, the seniors enjoyed and it was a memorable evening for all of us! Everyone was cheerful and ‘Raazi’ by the end of ‘Raazi’.”

Thank you Archana Bhatnagar and Devamitra Panda and Priyanka Chaturvedi(and Mukul Madhav Foundation www.mmpc.in/Rita Hinduja-Chhabria for sponsoring these old age home seniors’ day out to the movies.

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