Abhar Ustav — Gratitude stories

How many people do you meet on a Sunday? From the milkman to the auto driver, we constantly are surrounded by people helping us accomplish our day to day activities. However, although we see and interact with lots of individuals during the day and week, we often fail to express our gratitude.It was it this idea that I introduced the concept of Abhar Utsav to a group of a hundred 9 and 10 graders at Dr. Vasantdada Patil Secondary School in Shukrawar Peth, Pune.

The kids were startled at first. How do I write a card? To whom do I address? What is the best way to say thank you? It was interesting to see a generation so used to be connected through instant messaging and social networks having difficulties on doing it offline. There are no notifications when you are hand writing a personal note. You may even never get a reply from it, but that doesn’t take the meaning out of it: Give something back and expect nothing in return.

Gratitude is about expressing the good feelings you have. Being emotional and kind hearted, while connecting to each other. It was a remarkable experience to help these children say Thank You to their family and friends. I would definitely do it again, as nothing is more meaningful than gathering with your friends and making a difference.

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