Spreading smiles in Rajkot

Posted by Neerad Trivedi on Jun 6, 2014

Last week a group of friends got together to spread love to the people of Rajkot. The day was one of the hottest with temperatures touching 45+ degrees. We carried jugs of cold water, chocolates, biscuits, hair oil, combs, nail cutter and some tea. As soon as we started offering them with love we could see the smile on peoples faces, engaging conversations and the place lit up on its own as more and more people started gathering around us to witness what was happening.

One conversation was very special. We met a balloon seller named Bhadra ben, who normally earned about Rs. 100 - Rs. 150 a day. From that money she saves and feeds, cows, dogs, buffaloes and even gets grains for pigeons. This was vouched by her best friend a millionaire who stayed exactly opposite to the Race course where Bhadra ben sold her balloons. Every single day this friend would come down from her house and spend an hour with Bhadra ben. They have been meeting each other for more than 8 years now :). She said, Bhadra ben is my best friend and the most honest person i've met in this planet. One more very touching incident was when we offered cold water to an old man walking down the road. He gladly accepted and smiled at us. After drinking the water and with teary eyes he said 'After so many years of solitude, i am experiencing Kautimbik anand (Joy of a loving community)'. Those words really summed up the whole evening for us.

Posted by Neerad Trivedi on Jun 6, 2014 | permalink

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  • sheetal wrote ...

    waah, Rajkot community bless you. love you all

  • Nipun wrote ...

    Great to hear about these ripples from Rajkot, Po!

  • nisha wrote ...

    So special to see the little girls' hair getting combed.

  • Audrey wrote ...

    Awwww, such sweet photos and write-up! How wonderful to hear about this-- Thank you for sharing, Neerad! :-)

  • Harsh wrote ...

    wow. :)`