16-09-2017 02:00 AM | Aastha Dogra
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It was my birthday and I took my family and friends out for dinner. We all enjoyed biryani, kebabs and cake served at the restaurant. At the end of the fun-filled evening, my younger brother suggested that we get the leftover food packed. As I was in a fun mood and didn’t want to take back home any “baggage”, I refused. I told him what the point in doing all this is. In India we have become so immune to poverty, we sometimes even fail to notice the beggars around us! However, not to give up so easily, my brother insisted and finally, I gave in. After thanking my friends and saying goodbyes, me and my brother took the parcels of leftover food and started driving towards our home. On the way, there was a family of pavement dwellers having some conversation. I got down from my car and offered them food. They took the food from me without any hesitation and looked extremely delighted! Especially the children, the smiles covered their entire face! I got back to my car and headed home.
We had driven just about two kilometers or so, when my car stopped. Since me and my brother both are novices of technology, we didn’t know what to do in the middle of the road at two in the night! We decided to lock the car and walk back towards the pavement dwellers. To our surprise,when we reached,there was a whole group of pavement dwellers, relishing the leftover food we gave to the couple! They looked so cheerful as if they were having a feast! I could not believe that the food I was about to waste, could feed five adults, two children and one street dog! On seeing us and knowing about our problem, one of them volunteered to call a mechanic friend. Within an hour, our car was repaired. I insisted on paying the pavement dwellers as a gesture of thanks, but they flatly refused. I was silent throughout the drive back home.
The next day I could not forget the happiness on the pavement dweller’s faces when they were eating. In the night, while leaving my office, I went to my friend’s hotel and asked him if they had some leftover food. I was shocked when he told me that everyday around twenty kilograms of food is dumped into the dustbin at his hotel! I took the leftover food from there and distributed it amongst the beggars on the street. Till this day, I continue with this ritual every day and the satisfaction that I get from giving is unparalleled. With my job I am able to feed only my family of three people. However, there is no limit to the number of people we all can collectively feed with leftover food!
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