I am sharing a kind act by a friend that has inspired us to do more for others, whenever there is an opportunity.
Our nanny Mina had gone to her hometown for a break, and the Corona lockdown was announced. Her month-long stay extended to over three months. Finally, it was decided that she comes back and the ticket was booked. Now we started looking for accommodation where she could stay for her two weeks quarantine. Our community rules require the whole family to be quarantined for 14 days if there is anyone travelling and with our three years old twins, this would have been very difficult. We looked around for hotels and service apartments. They were either shut or too expensive. We were struggling to find a solution when a kind neighbour Jyotika offered Mina a room in her hotel. Not only did she refuse to accept any payment for her stay of two weeks, she also insisted that Mina’s food comes from her staff kitchen. And she forbid us from sharing this with other neighbours saying that it would embarrass her.
I have known Jyotika only for a short while, and although I have always admired her simplicity, we are not thick friends who meet or talk every day. She had no reason to do this for us. But she chooses to be kind- she taught us how to be there for someone and to make a difference whenever we can. And most importantly, she showed us what ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ truly means.