Recently I came across a podcast in moth.org about a humanitarian aid worker rescuing people from Congo, Africa. I heard it in wnyc for the first time and then listened to the podcast several times before I shared with my friends. An Impossible Choice
Sasha Chanoff and Sheika, through an organization named, RefugePoint, saves the forgotten people and gives them a second chance at life. It was heart-wrenching and at the same time heart-warming to listen to a story filled with love for fellow human beings.
But the story got me thinking. The media spends scores of hours or pages on celebrities – their lifestyle, their homes, events going on in their lives, and we are glued to the TV and magazines, thus supporting the content. And I thought, “Don’t we owe more coverage and publicity to people like Sasha and Sheika to celebrate humanity?”
However, until that happens, we could at least help them with our time and money. Here’s how. Get Involved
To be clear, I am in no way connected to this organization. I am simply a regular subscriber and listener to wnyc and believe that there is enough love and goodness among people like us to help the underserved.
Hindustan Cables Limited, the town I grew up in and left once I started college, had little to offer. Fun and happiness were limited to playing with friends on the dusty, worn-out roads, surprise visits to and from relatives (did not have phone), good grades, Ma’s animated storytelling and Baba’s wonderful salads. There was no TV or playground or video games or malls or restaurants or movie outings but giggles were ubiquitous.
Little, seemingly banal to other people, things still make me happy. Some of my favorite things that make me cheerful:
Enjoying a book with a cup of coffee on my couch
Sharing stories with my daughter and sharing a laugh
Unexpected act of kindness from a stranger
New technology (software and gadgets) – Two years ago, when I installed my Nest thermostat which had the promise of reducing my electricity and gas bill by 50% using Machine Learning, made me so happy that I couldn’t stop sharing with my friends and colleagues only to be stared at by them as though I have landed from a different planet
Solving a software problem or creating a new software other people can use
Being able to make someone smile
Discovering a new recipe and cooking for my daughter (Sometimes she says “You are a good cooker, Mama”)
Seeing a squeaky clean house after my cleaning service leaves
Writing a blog post
And of course watching this from my all-time favorite movie, Sound of Music