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ASHOK KUMAR

Celebrating one’s birthday with the under-privileged might seem to be a magnanimous approach to charity and goodwill, assuming, as we do, that it would make the world appear slightly better for them. But do the less privileged really like to shower birthday blessings on someone they don’t even know?

Does celebrating birthdays benefit the children and provide them a happy day of celebration or is it actually a reminder to them on what they are missing – their own birthday parties?. although the gifts and pleasantries impress the children

Many scolded me and criticized me that this has become a fashion to celebrate such events in such places, making a show off and bragging their actions in public, uploading the pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

Whether or not I don’t have idea But personally for me celebrating with them was a Harmony. The joy of being blessed by the hearts that receive, its gives satisfaction of doing something worthy. It cud help them some other beings in the slightest way possible.

When I met them their emotions can’t be compared, I cannot describe how they were feeling when they saw someone who wants to celebrate birthday with them. I personally found this to be more satisfying to be actively involved with them like this discussing their improvements, day to day life, personal things.

Clearly I was overwhelmed by looking at the kids. However after spending few minutes interacting with them I was truly humbled and felt that the decision was right. They were more than happy to celebrate the birthday among them and this was a great comforting factor. I gave them a bag, set of books, set of pens, Chocolates and some stationery needs. Overall the experience was priceless.

Next time when I meet them am planning to go up the value chain by conducting workshop on life-skills which will enable the kids to enhance their life. They may grow into an adult but the value of paying forward will be deeply rooted.”

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