Youngsters light up lives of senior citizens with Diwali celebrations

Indore: Spreading the joy of Diwali with seniors at Shri Kanakeshwari old age home, a group of youngsters bought chocolates, clothes and fruits for them. They organised fun activities for the seniors and heard enchanting stories from them.

With fun activities like passing the ball, singing, dancing and teasing each other, the day went by blissfully for them. Volunteers were amazed to see active participation from the seniors. Seniors not only shared their stories but also teased youngsters and gave them blessings.

The condition of old age home inspired most volunteers to live happily, while their condition also forced them to rethink about the changes in the society.

Talking about her experience, content writer Surabhi Jain said, “Visiting a place full of abandoned people pushed me to think twice about the upbringing of the current generation.” She added that the day spent with them made her feel special and made the day priceless.­

Offering an array of hope

It was a memorable day, filled with joyful faces. I cherished each moment with seniors. I learned that growing old is normal and natural. Youngsters like us can provide an array of helpful services to older people through teaching new technology etc or at least spending time with them. We played a small part in doing so in the event. They blessed us in return. The event was heart-touching.- Raghu Iyer, HR Manager

Never too late to enjoy life

It was an awesome experience. I learned to enjoy every moment of life. I understood that it is not too late to enjoy life. I loved dancing and singing with them. All the seniors are good hearted people, who blessed us like they would have their own child. It was an overall great experience.- Pavan Yadav,  Software engineer

Will cherish friendship with them 

There was never a dull moment with the elders at the old age home. Instead of what they have been through in the past, every elder was so optimistic, so happy that it really energised us. Everyone had a positive outlook towards life. I will always cherish this new friendship with our elders. We felt as if we are also part of them and not outsiders. The happiness in their eyes is hard to express. Looking at their happy faces it seems our efforts paid off. As a surprise, they had prepared tasty sprouts for us.- Saurabh Nigam, Software engineer

Making each day count

I feel very good after visiting the ashram. I had a good time with them. I saw how they live, which is not in the best of conditions. Yet, they live happily making each day count. I love all of them. I will continue visiting them. Hitesh Sharma, Software engineer

The fun of having nicknames

As we entered the ashram, seniors were excited to see us. They welcomed us with a big smile. The most heart-touching thing about the place was how they addressed each other. Everyone had nick names. They gathered and sat with us and participated in games.- Deepti Nigam

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