A Day at Sneha Care Home, Bangalore

We just returned after a week-long vacation in Ooty (will add a travelogue soon!:). It was a refreshing break for all of us.  However, the drive back was a bit tiring. Reached late evening. Soon we all realized – the next day the lil one is becoming 6 years. Within another 2 days, the elder will turn 13yrs…Birthday days ahead! 😉

Quickly we decided to have time with some of our friends in Sneha Care Home. Father Jaison was more than happy to welcome us! We reached there by lunchtime; even if the boys were really tired, they could make it happen! 😉

Though the number of kids was less due to vacation, they arranged a lovely surprise for both the boys!  A cake and lovely flowers! The group birthday wish was icing on the cake. I noticed a shining light on birthday boys’ face when they heard the group song for them!  🙂

At times, very small things can make a very big impact in your life!

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Thanks to Father Jaison for making it really heartful birthday for our boys…We felt blessed.

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We had lunch with them and later went to see their candle making unit. They were busy in the process of completing 1000 numbers of special gift candles for a marriage. Father Biju showed us the process of candle making. They are trying to market it better so as to support inhabitants with an earning from their skills and work.

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There was another cool surprise for the boys waiting! Father Biju and Father Jaison quickly arranged very nice birthday gifts for the boys….beautiful fragrant candles!!

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Later we spent some time in the garden and the boys enjoyed plucking mangoes! The birthday became very special this time, a blessed one! 🙂

Rather than saying bye, we said see you again…..!

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!


Photos: Self, mobile(Honor 8 Pro)

About Sneha Care: Link: http://www.snehacarehome.org/Home.aspx

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It is a residential programme for children living with HIV, within the age group of 5 to 13 who have lost their parents or parent and their normal growth and development seem to be difficult in their home or community. They also take care of old people who do not have any other support for medicine and care. Both together, Sneha care home provides care and shelter for around 140 people.

We have been associating with Sneha Care for 2+yrs…

Please read the website for more information. Also if you want to support or know more, please contact Father Jaison-+917259605008 or Father Biju-+918050785674 (esp for the requirements for fancy fragrant candles for any occasion.)


 

 

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Tom&Jerry on Amazon, My first book!

Dear Friends…

Thank you for all your support and encouragements for Pebbles!

Happy to share that, today, my first book “Tom&Jerry Stories”, a collection of 10 short stories is published on Amazon. The link here!

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Please read and share your feedback on Amazon.

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining.

-Sanil.


pic: “Tom&Jerry Stories” Book Cover

A Day at Home of Hope…

Some of our friends, this time decided to spend a day with people who are underprivileged (economically and hence socially!). So we decided to visit Home of Hope in Bangalore. 

Before we talk about the day, let me introduce Hope Of Hope. 

In the midst of a lot of privileges (economically and hence socially), most of us are busy chasing things we really don’t need in life; some of us start thinking about the reality of life but don’t know what to do; a few of us support financially for social causes without bothering about the end result; a very few of us find dedicated time in a consistent manner and respond to social needs for our fellow human…and very rarely one emerges to dedicate life to them – Auto Raja is one such soul! On a contrary, he was not enjoying all the so-called privileges of an urban life, (maybe) hence, he responded to the needy on the streets. He started accommodating such people suffering from unbelievable anguish, in his own small house, way back in 1997 under the name ‘New Ark Mission India (NAMI)’. He wanted to provide them, at least the basic needs – food, shelter, clothes and medicine; on top of all – some dignity in life…at least a respectful death!! Hence Home of Hope!

Today, it has 3 different wings – for men, for ladies and for kids – and almost 750 inhabitants!!! They all enjoy a better life at Home of Hope, with new little hopes in life!

We reached there in the morning and visited the ladies wing first.

We spend time talking to some of them. Many of them are physically and mentally ill and were thrown to the hard test in the streets….different stories of family and social brutality they faced before reaching Home of Hope.

We next visited kids wing. Kids were playing as it is a no school day! Some kids were disabled and need help to even move around. Many of them came to us and they wanted us to talk, carry them and play with them….Yeah, they don’t get that on an everyday basis! We distributed some snacks for them and spent some time with them.

We had arranged special lunch for all the friends in Hope of Hope. Along with Home of Hope team, we distributed lunch. We started lunch distribution at Men’s wing. Some students from a nearby college also joined us. There were more than 300 men of different ages at Men’s wing. Same story as Ladies wing – physically and mentally changed, some of them even can’t respond or eat food by themselves.

We joined in serving food for Ladies and kids later.

We ensured to reserve some snacks for their evening tea.

 

Smiling faces….it left some nice feeling in all of us when we returned. Hats off to Auto Raja and Team Home of Hope! Thanks to my friends and my lil boys who joined and spent the whole day together with them!

A day with some differences….and also a thought – we must do better in a consistent way!


If you want to know more about Home of Hope:  www.newarkmission.org ; raja@newarkmission.org ; +9180-28445509; +9180-65997274


 

…and finally…!

It is almost a year back, I posted a blog about Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and the sad situation of his burial site. [The old blog is here: “Remembrance is gratitude!”]

Thanks to those who supported and made his memorial a reality today. It is a tiny gift from Indians to that great soul!

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Our Prime Minister inaugurated Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial in his hometown of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu today!! [News Link here] Incidentally, today is Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s 2nd death anniversary!

…and finally, we showed our gratitude….!

 


 

Eid Mubarak!

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Shawwal Hilal appeared!

Divine Ramadan month commemorated the first revelation, through a month long divine fasting and ‘giving’ (zakat). It is completed.

[First revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad by archangel Gabriel in 610AD at Hira Cave near Makkah.]. 

Now it is the time for celebration!

Let us celebrate Eid al-Fitr (“feast of breaking of the fast”)…

Eid Mubarak, dear friends!

Get-together, Sharing and Happiness around.

Let it spread across the world, beyond the borders of religion, color and places!

Do you know? The first day of Shawwal (or day of Eid al-fitr), is the only day in Shawwal, Muslims are *not* allowed to fast!  

So, no human should go hungry without food today! Let us do our bit for it as a positive gesture along with wishing and celebrating Eid al-fitr!

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining and Stay Blessed! 🙂 


Notes: | Shawwal : tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar | Hilal : Indicates the crescent moon, which signifies the start of a Lunar Month | Eid al-Fitr: celebrated at the beginning of Shawwal month, and completion of the divine month of Ramadan | Eid Mubarak : Wishing a Blessed Celebration (Eid=Celebration, Mubarak=Blessed) | Zakat : Charity, sharing to poor/needy. | Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada-Faith, Salat-Prayer, Zakat-Charity, Sawn-Fasting, Hajj-Pilgrimage to Mecca (some changes between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam) |

Thanks to friends and google for this information. If you find any mistakes in the information, please let me know or add in comments!