Hands that help

On phone, his voice sounded terrible and sad — that is very unlikely of him. Usually when he calls, he’s cheerful. I would always feel rejuvenated and happy with the affection he showers. But hearing him sound so low this time around, I got worried.

“She needs surgical intervention, doctors found some congenital cardiac anomaly — she is very depressed,” he said. The calls made earlier, in the past, were to report happy news — “he passed with good percentage,” “she got a seat in BEd,” “he joined the hot favourite course of youngsters — BBM,” so on and so forth. He would add cheerfully “Namma Makkalu” are making me very proud...! He was very worried for this young girl of 16, who needed immediate surgical intervention.

This man, a polyglot, a writer, a translator, a teacher, above all a compassionate person, started an orphanage for destitute children and children from under privileged families, naming it aptly ‘Namma Makkalu.’ His mission as a true teacher, is to equip them with education, to help them lead their lives as civilised, educated citizens. Some of the children have completed graduation, some have even reached PG level and have found employment too. One girl is a high school teacher now, she emulates her mentor totally. He is prepared to give his time, energy, attention to the children, despite his own constraints and crises. He funds ‘Namma Makkalu’  by royalties from the books he has authored and translated and through donations by philanthropic people. “For what we need, I am ready to beg anywhere,” when he says so, I see a saint in him. He says “Baduku kathe alla, kavithe alla…” life is neither a story nor a poem — life is a hard reality.

He lost his leg in a freak accident sometime back, but that has not ‘crippled’ his ideals. God makes some people with stronger stuff I believe. “Scatter kindness along the way and you will never walk alone.” How very true... when he moves around, the children with smiling faces are around him. I feel truly proud of my friend and his selfless initiative. I am sure, loads of love is growing everyday to be given away in my friend’s giving heart.
Trying to do my best to the emergency situation being faced by ‘Namma Makkalu’ to save the young life, I sent an email to all my friends and relatives — instantaneous replies filled my inbox,  promising help to the young girl. Surely, we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

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