It all started with a Wednesday meditation night that Madhu and I were hosting in Bombay. As we all shared our “aha moments” in the second hour, there was silent contributor in the room — Nandan. It was his first time and not knowing what to share, he gently says, “I don’t know how appropriate this is for the circle of sharing, but for the last few months, I’ve been donating slippers to the needy.”
Everyday Nandan would see barefoot beggars on the streets, and he would give them ‘chappals’; if it wasn’t the right size, he would take them to the store to gift them a pair that worked. As Nandan is describing his experienced, he focused more on how he was moved by it instead of the act itself or even the need.
By the end of it, we were all just floored. Shocked, to be honest. How many such incredible, untold stories must lurk amidst our midst?
The following Wednesday, Nandan couldn’t make it — but his sister did. Quite naturally, we spoke about how amazing and thoughtful it was of Nandan to be doing something like this. Much to our surprise, his own sister was shocked. Nandan had never even told anyone in the family that he was doing something like this! He was truly an anonymous warrior.
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