All for a meal

Just a couple of days earlier, I was out celebrating our 4th engagement anniversary with Mr. Husband. We both love new places and make it a point to tick off swanky restaurants in our to-visit lists, each time we are out on a date. We indulge in ourselves and that is quality time for us. Happy moments.

But when I ponder over things and look at people struggling to even have a proper meal in a day, let alone a luxurious one, guilt takes no time to creep into me. I feel guilty for leaving food incomplete in my plate because I was so full that my tummy would not be able to further accommodate even a grain of rice. That makes me wonder, these half naked children on streets, must they have even once experienced what a full tummy is like?! The things that we are blessed with, daily, are so easily taken for granted by us. Sigh! Only if we could know that the basic dal rice we crib about at home, are luxuries for many out there!

Mr. Husband makes me understand many times that both of these things are not to be related since we work hard for the luxuries we enjoy. It is not wrong to sympathize with the lesser fortunate ones and help them in any way we can, but to compare and feel guilty for the life you live, demeans the fun you have. I try a lot but still the guilty me keeps on re-appearing and making me feel wretched. We never feel embarrassed to ask for the parcel of leftover food we have, how much ever ‘fancy’ the restaurant is! Rather than going down the drain, we would prefer that it fills up the stomach of the less fortunate.

My thought train sometimes takes me to station where I keep on thinking, how can a person care about education, hygiene and other absolutely necessary things when they are even deprived of a basic meal. The rich and poor divide in our country is too vast even to be measured. Somewhere there are people changing their cars and buying new houses like it is routine to them and just down the lane a weeping mother is feeding stories to her child to put him to sleep since she does not have a grain to feed him.

The only way to eliminate this poverty is to provide education to the children so that they can earn a livelihood for themselves and stop the vicious circle. And these poor parents need some motivation to send their children to school. Education is not a motivation enough, since empty stomachs do not guarantee the understanding of education. Meals provided to their children in schools may push such parents to make their children learn, since they will be at least contended with the fact that the child will not sleep hungry, after all!

A tiny bit from my end, I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

You can read more about this initiative here, and blog about the theme to make a teeny weeny difference.

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About Shweta

An ambitious professional who loves working in a corporate as much as she loves spending time with family. Pursues writing as a passion and writes for stuff that closely touch the heart!
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8 Responses to All for a meal

  1. hemangfans says:

    Good initiative. Nature has balanced everything in life… if there are rich people so are poor people too. So don’t take the guilt and do your best.

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  2. Inspiring note.. Respect for you ma’m.. not everyone thinks today when the world is slowly becoming self centric.. There is hope 🙂

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    • Shweta says:

      Thank you so much CS… But that doesn’t stop me from going out and having fun! Life is too short to feel guilty and brood. Nonetheless, i try and maintain a balance as much as i can 🙂

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  3. Heta Gala says:

    Why to feel guilty, Shweta! Instead try to help as and when you can. Like packing the leftover and giving to the poor who is in need. It’s our karma where we are today. We crib on things like job, outings, trips, but these kids have to go through a lot in a day for one time meal. They struggle every single day and have no idea, what the new day would bring!

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    • Shweta says:

      You sound so much like Mr. Husband..although he leaves out the ‘karma’ bit, i know he means the same as you do! And I agree with you at some level… but the guilt tip in me is so strong that it triggers instantly with pity and sympathy!!
      Nonetheless, as I say, it doesn’t stop me from going out and living a life, it just makes me more considerate to such people!! 🙂

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