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The joy of giving back…..

Just a couple of days back, I had to walk a few meters to get into my car and I started getting restless because I couldn’t bear this sweltering heat. Sitting in the cool comfort of my car and driving past hordes of people sweating it out in this scorching sun while going through their everyday life, I realised that we are truly blessed. It dawned upon me that no matter how tough we think our life is, there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are even tougher than ours.

And it goes in many different directions …We can get a coffee at a Starbucks or whatever we desire, however there are people who have to live without even basic amenities like water or electricity. Therefore it is important to give back to society in whichever way possible. And I’m not talking about just monetarily. We can give our time, our experience, our knowledge…..basically share whatever we have with those who are underprivileged. Giving back is among the most important and valuable things any individual can do. And this should be done with no expectations in return – no benefits, no recognition, nothing tangible coming our way. Our biggest and sole reward should be the realization that we’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not “significant” then a positive change nevertheless. It will help us grow as a human being and make a lot of other people happy.

I remember the time when not so long back I lost both my father and my young brother-in-law to cancer in a span of just one year. The best of resources available to us also could not make us save their lives. We felt so completely helpless in the face of such a catastrophe. It was a tough and trying phase for the entire family-But we can’t fight destiny ..Cancer bleeds a family both emotionally & financially. And I pondered about a thought that crossed my mind – what about the underprivileged who had to fight this deadly disease. Not only did they need to fight the disease, they also needed to fight their financial conditions to cope with the trauma.I then decided I wanted to do something for such people. I wanted to help them in this trying phase.

A visit to the Tata Memorial Hospital overwhelmed me and I immediately decided that I would try and help raise funds for the needy patients. And 2 years back I set up a charitable foundation – MCan at Tata Memorial Hospital. Now every year I host a charity gala where I try and raise as much funds as possible through family, friends, clients, well wishers etc. for the underprivileged fighting cancer at the Tata Memorial Hospital. It’s my pledge to give back to society. My way of thanking God for his blessings!

And as I write this blog I am reminded of these lines by Rabindranath Tagore:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy;
I awoke and saw that life was service;
I acted and behold, service was joy.

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