Each experiment and every vignette in my life has been a step in my journey of growth and self-discovery, a kaleidoscopic part of life that enriches the fabric of my existence. Without these, life would be a meaningless transition from the womb to the tomb.
When I consented to aid the cause of Street Children in Bombay , little did I imagine that that it too would be an important part of my journey of self-discovery and learning! Looking back at the last few months, I have learnt so much from my association with, and work for our country – learning about giving, learning about sharing, learning about being part of an ‘organism’ larger than my own personal goals and ambition. India On Canvas has been a catalyst for this and more. I realize that to be part of making India into the ‘superstar in the world’ scenario, one must stop denigrating politicians and instead become part of, if possible a motivator of, the growth and metamorphosis of this country.
‘Doing our bit for our motherland’, ‘giving back to the society one takes from’ - these are not lofty sound bites to impress; they are a reality that has intertwined itself into the fabric of my life, in some ways since I was a teenager, but even more so in the last few years. It started in a small way with my work to aid the traditional craftspersons of India , and have received focus and thrust with India On Canvas.
As mundane as it may seem compared to nano-technology, space flight, Mars landing and flying cars, it is most important to plant trees here on earth, on a small scale or a large scale, whatever possible. After you have seen the devastation of Uttarakhand, the reality of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and more frequent and violent storms and floods, a tree cover on our lands is essential to prevent devastating soil erosion. This has never been more important.