7th march 2009 became the most memorable day in our lives.
On the wake of International Womens Day, we decided to spend some
time with the members of the old age home Nivara.
We had a rough plan of the things we had planned for their entertainment.
And there we were with our brigade, to find some curious faces in the hall.
Most of them did not know of the event, so they had been brought from
their rooms to the recreation hall.
Once there, Oju started with a small informal speech, a little awkward
at the start, but later on she gained momentum with the wonderful
response from our audiences.
There were creased faces, as though drawn of emotions. Some spent
almost 14 years at the old age home, working for their fellow mates.
But as much as we tried to find, we could not find a face that was
sad, or regretful.
As the program proceeded, we encouraged some of the grannys to participate.
Some of the more enthusiastic ones asked if they could sing as well.
And they sung so beautifully, bhajans and shlokas etc.
They enjoyed the Question and Answers session where we asked them some
GK questions that they answered with such zest, that we were amazed at
their well informed ness.
They especially liked the small gifts and roses given as a token of
Pallavis dance was a hit with the grandpas, so was Sayalis tabla performance.
Songs presented by Ruchi and Devika were loved by all and so was the
Magesh Padgaonkars poem presented by Priya.
As the show was coming to an end, all the grannys and grandpas
present there were eager to sing more songs and enjoy a bit more.
Ditto with all of us, we too wanted to stay a bit more and chat with them.
These 2 hours with them, made us emotionally rich individuals.
Each one of us experienced our own moment of solitude, remembering our
grand parents, or family members or just being there with some
strangers who had now become our best friends.
At the end of the program, Pratibha aji, said something which we never
she said Samidha is also the name of Sadhana Amtes
autobiography. This was truly enlightening and yet a very great honor,
that we cannot yet handle, but will always try to live up to.
They were the best at giving, showering all the blessings that they had.
It was a heart felt occasion, when they were leaving
each one asking
when are you all going to come back again?
And we made a pact with our selves that Samidha is going to come here
to meet our new found best friends
We are going to remember this day, as one of Samidhas first raw
performance, but mostly as a day well spent
Special thanks to Gauri, for making it all possible, Vaishnavi for the
refreshing Kokam Sharbat and all the enthusiastic members of Samidha.