This Puja We Made Someone Smile
Indian streets are often home to a multitude of poor people who depend on alms from other citizens to make ends meet. The streets of Agartala are no different.
It was Shashti, the sixth day of Durga Puja. We, a small group of students decided to try out a small social gesture that would both help a poor man as well as sensitize people around us to the plight of these people. We are so used to seeing beggars; cripples from a young age that we tend to completely ignore them and take them to be a part of our daily life as such. Especially during puja people get so caught up in the pomp splendor and self-indulgence that the sorrowful lives of poor people often goes unnoticed.
So this puja we tried to make someone smile. Even though the video itself is self-explanatory, the event transpired as follows:
We went up to a crippled beggar sitting on the steps in front of M.L.Plaza. We asked him how his day was going etc. We told him that we would like to sit beside him, sing for a while and thus try to collect some money and give him out. We asked if he was okay with it and he agreed. So we sat down and sang 3 songs. Before long a considerable crowd had gathered, which is not surprising considering that it is a busy locality. We explained to the people who had gathered there about our intentions and appealed to them to make a small donation whatever they see fit and help make a poor man’s day. Our music was just a medium through which we tried to connect with the people gathered there. Honestly, we were very apprehensive at the beginning but the inherent sincerity of our efforts was not lost on the people present. Soon the money started flowing in. The entire event was a small one, about 20-25 minutes. But we managed to collect a sizable amount of about Rs.1640/-.
We were very heartened by the warm response which the people gave. The money collected had surpassed our expectations. But the most priceless of all moments was when the poor guy himself applauded. Being a cripple he was lost for words but still managed to mumble his thanks and gave us his blessing. It was a very emotional moment for all of us. A simple act of kindness can go a long way and we were all very happy that we could do something for a common cause. We packed up the money in a small bundle, gave it to the beggar and he went his way. Soon after we uploaded the video on YouTube. We shared it among our friends on Facebook and received a tremendous response. So far we have crossed 10k views on YouTube in just two days. The breadth of response and positive heart-warming comments which everyone gave prompted me to reach out to you guys. We want more people to know about it. We want people to know that even the smallest of kindness can go a long way. There are many people around us who are not privileged. Just sparing a thought and letting them know that we sympathize can make a difference.
Here is our video of that day, please spare a few minutes (8.9 minutes) and let us know what you think –