We will walk hand in hand; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall live in peace someday.





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The greatest tragedy of the world is that people should have grossly more wealth than they will ever need. The predicament of the homeless to the average citizen is that they end up doing nothing. People aren't going to invite them into their homes. They aren't going to give them money, because they'll waste it on alcohol, smokes or drugs; yet another problem of society. So instead, all we end up giving the people living on the streets is a glance. There are homeless shelters and meals, and volunteers who give up their time, but we do little to help those who come within our immediate experience. I live in a home and comfort, but never have I done anything substantial. But the fact remains that I, you and most of us can do more, much more!
 
Looking out of a window one day in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart breaking incident, came the determination that:  No one within a ten mile radius of our center should go hungry. It is his inspiration which helped  creating The Akshaya Patra Foundation which is reaching out to 1.2 million children everyday.

You can contribute by donating, blogging about the cause or creating an awareness and by awakening the sleeping souls! Lets be a part of the change; lets be a part of Akshay Patra and the vision - “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger
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41 people read and said:

Unknown said...

Very touching and i think it applies to each one of us.
No matter how much you give, it always not enough.

pramod said...

As usual, a divinely inspiring and touching way of writing and expressing things.
very well written.
excellent.

Beyond Horizon said...

Touching...heartfelt...knew you would be best on writing on this too :)

loved where you have mentioned about addiction...

Simply beautiful words that would reach out many...

Dr. Pratibha Singh said...

great post for great cause.

Vidya Sury said...

Here to reciprocate! :-) Great going, Sourav!

Deepika Vasudeva said...

Your posts are always touching but this time u touched a live wire which is scattered all over India and many more nations... eliminate poverty, not the poor but i guess, many 'well-off' and hypocrites are doing the other way round... hope this message is spread all over and understood too.
great post!

S said...

@Pooja - Thanks! True it is about us, though I believe we should start by making a contribution =, no matter enough or not!

@Pramod - Thanks mate! Such appreciations really makes feel one good! :)

@Beyond Horizon - Thanks a lot Poonam. You kept me motivated when I said I couldn't write! Addiction, yeah had to mention! Thanks a lot, again! :)

Meher said...

I love broken verse, in poetry, a lot. And it was a very nice poem. Not emotional, but reflective. It makes you want to sit up and notice the angst of the poet. Wonderful job.

S said...

@Pratibha - Thanks!

@Vidya - Thanks for coming back, Vidya.

@Deepika - Live wire, really! This was my first attempt at a social cause, and am really glad you felt that way! We are among those 'well-offs' too in one way! Hope I learn a message, while sending them across. Thanks :)

@Meher - Frankly this was the only way, I could have managed to express my emotions for this cause! Happy that you liked it, thanks :)

Sanjeetha Veni said...

great start with a beautiful poem..:)
you have the ability to convince the readers by your writing..keep writing sourav..:)

Mohini said...

Hi Saurav! Very very touching! the poem, the pics and the article too. unbelievably touching and just the perfect one. Thanks for such a great inspiration for a good writing and a noble work also.

Nivedita Thadani said...

Hi Sourav,
I really appreciate the words you use in your posts. Your thinking is very clear and you always express it beautifully.
Burning currency everyday,
Let him abide in me,
At least we are not as bas as them,
Wonderful lines!!
I feel so shame on us, with the sentence "at least we are not....."
How selfish we are to think like that, not trying to bring them to our level instead!!!
Empathy and real pain for those in our heart should bring the solution.
Hats off to you for this post.

Pratish said...

Woowwwwwwwwwwww..the pics to describe your feeling and the wordings are superb..great work...And ya Its Time to Wake Up!!!!!!!

Bhavana Rao said...

Very nicely written... all the best!

Alka Gurha said...

Though the poem is touching the picture says it all...

S said...

@Sanjeetha - Thanks! Wish some get convinced; wish I get convinced too! :)
And thanks for following too!

@Mohini - Thanks a lot! Frankly finding the exact pictures too me more time thn the words, glad I can inspire you! :) And thanks for following too! And I am SOURAV! :p

@Nivedita - Hello!
Trust me this post took me the most time, I never think for days before writing a post but for this one I did! Happy that it appeals to you!
Indeed we are selfish, all of us. Wish I make a difference, even if its a bit! Thanks a lot for reading and for your lovely comments always :)

S said...

@Pratish - Thanks man! Yes, its time to wake up!

@Bhavana - Thank you :)

@Alka - Finding the pictures was a task for me, glad you find them justifying enough :)

Harini said...

Very touching Sourav! Impressed :P

Mr. "Niraj" Lemon said...

Really impressive sourav...

Snow Leopard said...

Very Well Written :)

S said...

@Harini - Thank you Harini! impressed first time? :p

@Niraj - Thanks dude!

@Snow Leopard - Thanks :)

Sri Valli said...

Touching lines!

Arti said...

Great post for a great cause!

S said...

@Valli & @Aarti - Thanks a lot! :)

Unknown said...

This is great, Sourav, well done. your poem was truly touching and extremely well-composed.

Ghumakkar Punit said...

like all you other posts....too good write up! I loved the articulation of words....

Pooja said...

Amazingly well written.
An amazing cause to write about, and you've done it absolute justice.

Sathish Chandrasekaran (சதீஷ் சந்திரசேகரன்) said...

I really liked the argument part of the poem, well done work !!!

aria said...

Hi.. really nice post.. thoughtful and well written... keep writing.. :)

S said...

Mehak - Thanks! Happy you feel that ways! :)

@Punit - Words can be powerful at times, isn't it! Thanks man!

@Pooja - Thanks! Was my first time after all the heavy criticism! :p

S said...

@Sathish - Thanks buddy, the argument was meant to be strong :)

@Aria - Thanks! Keep coming! :)

Punam said...

Very touching. I agree with you. I wish the excess of wealth would go on to help someone needy and that instead of buying drugs/alcohol, people would give that to a child or sponsor a child's education.

Alcina said...

Oh..Feel great that you worked up for this topic.And surely there is something ought to be done by each one of us.I wish all the best to your endevour..
And i wish you can do something "Substantial" :)

Take care..

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Sarah malik said...

tender and touching...your words do create an impact and those pictures shake the conscience even more.
good effort :)

sarah

Deepika Vasudeva said...

knowing the problem is half problem solved... don't worry :)

Nandhini said...

Humbly said Sourav! Liked your words. Hope this initiative of indiblogger has brought an ample spread of the word for Akshaya patra Foundation. Good wishes!

Megha said...

thought provoking post!!

Atreya said...

Nice!!

Dibakar Sarkar said...

The foundation has stirred my heart. I see the half-fed or unfed students daily. As a viewer, I often lose my appetite.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Sourav, well written.

But ur pictures spoke louder than the words. good effort.

RESTLESS