Indore : Celebrating Friendship Day by making new friends and spreading colours of happiness at Indore Society of Mentally Challenged, DS events continued its efforts under CREATE Stories of spreading smiles, happiness and inspiring people with differently abled children.
From tying friendships bands to dancing without set routine, various activities as per comfort of children were organised. While children were happy to have new friends and explore new ideas and games, members of the group learned important lessons of happiness from children too.
Sharing his story behind the initiative, organiser Deepak Sharma said, “My eye-sight is weak since birth and I know the pain of being ignored.” He further said that life has been harsh to him.
“This is the first time that I tied friendship band to someone, it was a special moment for me,” Sharma said. He explained that children who do not fit in the ‘cool criteria’ are often secluded and isolated.
Talking about the initiative, organiser Sharma said, “Everyone celebrates friendship day in pubs and discotheques.”While all cafes are booked for grand friendship day parties, there are many who do not know what celebration means, he added.
“These children are educated and come from sound families, they are just special,” Sharma said. He explained that these special children are true friends with everyone, their classmates, teachers and nature.
With gifts from childhood batch, teacher Heena Kakkar said, “The best part about childhood is toys and I hoped to bring them a box of fun with it.”
Adding her experience, HR professional Sona Kshatriya talked about her connection with children. “I braided a little girl’s hair and her smile was priceless!” Sona said.
Enjoying special occasion
Bringing a box of health and goodness, dietician Raksha Goyal celebrated the day with her new friends. “I have never laughed this hard as much as I laughed with them,” she said.
She elaborated that their sweet teasing and uninhibited smiles made her day. “I bought them healthy snacks like ‘Rajgira Laddu’,” Raksha said.
Revealing art talent
Expressing the fun of innocence and friendships, members of the group talked about their experience. After distributing chocolates, social worker Bindiya Sharma taught them traditional Rajasthani dance ‘Ghoomar’. Her husband Vinay Sharma sat down with children and worked on making small rose flower bouquets. Helping children who couldn’t see properly, businessman Arjun Chourasia told stories and helped them in bringing out their talent. “Some of them are fabulous painters, while others are committed to music, it is inspiring,” he said.
Unable to bear their pain, businessman Girish Bhalerao talked about the best of friendships. “Everyone here loves without condition and shares without expectation, it is an inspiration,” he said.