‘I am a born optimist’
Volunteer work has always been a part of my life. With Project Mumbai, I was able to play my part by delivering groceries and medicines to senior citizens and slum dwellers. I am always someone who looks at the bigger picture, but at the same time, I find joy in the little things that make life wonderful.
Little things – like my interactions with a courteous, elderly Christian lady, who, after my first visit, would ask me for things she wanted. It did not feel like a burden, but like an opportunity to help someone in need.
Little things – like when the people that I helped come and thank me personally for everything I have done. It showed me that in spite of whatever struggles they were going through; they were able to take the time out and show some appreciation for what I was doing. What can be more fulfilling than that?
Little things – like the simple good morning and good evening messages I exchange with the people that I was able to help in my own way. Its these instances that are far more important than anything else, especially in these unprecedented and uncertain times.
I am fortunate enough to have come from a good house, where I always had three square meals, and fortunate enough to have lived in a good society, where I learned to be a good person. That is why, every fortnight, when I walk up to unknown men in a place I never thought I would ever visit (Kanjur village) and hand over a package, almost as if I was on a secret mission, I am not scared. I am not worried. I don’t see any risk in stepping out of my house to help the people who genuinely need it, because the one thing I know about myself is that I’m a born optimist.
Our world is constantly changing, but there are a few things that, regardless of the time or place, you can always find. One such phenomenon is irony – the paradoxical nature of the lives we live. Sometimes a picture, an inanimate entity, can speak a thousand words; As science advances beyond our wildest imaginations, the human race is pegged back by something that cannot even be seen; And even from the shadows of despair, certain individuals can rise to the occasion. These are the volunteers at Project Mumbai and all across Mumbai who, like me, have tried to make a difference.