(Although its very long, I insist you to take time and read. If you read the whole of it, thanks in advance.)
On the new year eve what do you do?
You might have a hundred answers, isn’t it? But let me keep you informed, the answer I have is surely not among yours.
When everyone expend their concluding time of the year with loved ones, special ones or acquaintances, if you do not do something exclusive and rarefied, you are not among my first choices! I am not very serious but yes, reasonably serious.
So my answer to the aforementioned question can be illustrated as follows-
The great human force that has pardoned all their time for us,
Who are like air – their presence is not significant, but you cant survive if they’re absent.
They are to serve you everywhere, train, station, signal, bus,
We have just paid them back for the work which was immensely magnificent.
We spent this new year offering ‘a cup of smile’. We offered all policemen cups of hot ‘cutting’ tea starting from chowpatty to nariman point. Woah, that’s just the whole queens necklace, 5 kms long for road commuters. With tea kettles and cups in hand, anyone could have misjudged us and thus decreed us as ‘chay waalas (tea seller)’. We were just 15 volunteers, but we felt the potential we had to make a difference. The experience was completely from a new circle of my life.
And thus, I said, my answer is the one you dont have.
We served almost 450 cops working relentlessly for public safety and traffic ease within the belt. We wore a tag ‘a cup of smile’ on our t-shirt which set us apart from the infinite crowd. Marathi was essentially the language which policemen understood but when it’s good work and altruism, it speaks it all per se. When you offer hot tea at the spot of duty to fatigued policemen, the only way they reciprocate is with a smile. And that stimulated us to be initiative driven and motivated us for 3 long and tiring hours. We made somebody’s day and that feeling meant everything to us. That feeling, just that feeling. If at all did it stay longer, I wish!
Onlookers acknowledged our deed and wow was the feeling. A passer by elatedly said,”aap bhot acha kaam kar rahe ho (you are doing a great job)”. He even took a snap with us. That selfie made me an instant celebrity, I felt. Just kidding.
Pride took the better of me and I was very proud about it. Initially 750 cups and at the end we were left with just 50. That’s what was the mission, yes, mission accomplished. That feeling, just that feeling. If at all did it stay longer, I wish!
There were instances when people misconstrued us and asked for cigarettes but when we told them what we were doing, all they could say was sorry and guilt took them away.
A policemen was cathartical about his day, exchanging his encounters with terrible drunkards. It was the first time in my life, I felt I could TALK, converse with a cop. Share experiences, offer condolence and what not! That feeling, just that feeling. If at all did it stay longer, I wish!
People also enquired about the NGO we were working for and it was incredulous for them that we were just executing a friendly and non-commercial initiative.
The things winded up very well with everyone happy, and we all headed back home.
Its new year today, and it began beautifully. I desire that the aesthetic prevails throughout the year. I wish you a very happy new year, a pompous and successful year ahead. Take this as my reply to your whatsapp msg or just my greeting for 2k16.
Thats me -!-!-!-
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