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Giving Is Contagious

There is no point in waiting and acting. Just GIVE IT! I also believe in telling others about the act of giving as it enthuses a person to give in cash or kind

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The Indian mythology has several lessons for us to learn from. The really famous for helping everyone who came to him is Karna who gave away whatever was asked for from him. Some of his giving actions led to his tragic end as well and his name is synonymous with giving. Karna’s only motive was to give without any expectation in return. This is the reason why he is called as the greatest giver of all time. What you give must be instant and without any expectations.    

My experience with giving has been multifarious, from simple acts to monetary giving. As a child I felt happy with fetching something for an elderly person and later as a teenager helping someone cross the busy road. It is quite normal to find colleagues coming together to help another in distress due to a bereavement or going through health problems. 

I realized this with my experience in remote villages of Beed, Marthwada during 2013-14 drought. I joined a group that helped to ensure that at least one meal was available daily to the entire population in about 13 villages and we spoke and encouraged them to overcome the problems.   

The best experience of Giving for me was post the recent Kerala floods. It all started with a short message to my friend in Kerala, "Can we chat for a minute?". And I convinced my friend that she can find poorest of poor in desperate situation looking for monetary help. 

She was taken aback with my request, but she got me the bank account details of five flood survivors. I just sent some money to make them feel good and do whatever they wanted to do as an immediate need. Who else but the survivors know what their immediate need is?

Then, I felt there could be some friends of mine who would like to donate similarly. I just sent a message and I found that giving is contagious!! I got so many requests that Usha had to go to remote villages, find survivors and rank their need. 

Finally, we were able to donate to 27 people and the money went directly into their bank account and the immediate needs that they attended to were varied. All of us keep learning over our life. What I learnt was that, one lady paid her child’s school fees; another just created a shutter for the window in her house so that snakes would not come in, and a man was planning to create a shed to live in as his house just got washed away!

We do not know what needs the other person has especially when disasters like droughts, earthquakes and floods strike. It is always best to ask them and do it instantly or find ways to alleviate the suffering. 

There is no point in waiting and acting. Just GIVE IT! I also believe in telling others about the act of giving as it enthuses a person to give in cash or kind. You never know what a human being or an animal needs at the given juncture. You never know what a person can do to help others, Just ASK!

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P. Sriganesh

The author has held various positions in Finance function in various Companies. He is co-founder of NASSCOM and was its Honorary Treasurer for a decade

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