My views on Celebrating Birthdays in Orphanage..!!

I have seen lots of people nowadays, celebrating their birthdays at orphanage and then posting those pictures on social networking sites…!! (people can go to any extent to Instagram their pics nowadays…)

I have pretty different view on this and I have a full right to share it.

I really don’t agree with this trend nowadays..!! Is it a status symbol? I mean, do people think that posting such pictures would show the world how great human beings they are? They are wrong I guess.

Everywhere, it has become an increasingly fashionable nowadays to celebrate birthdays among orphans.Celebrating a birthday in orphanage usually means  distributing sweets or clothes or books or furniture to orphanage or poor school. I appreciate the kindness to share the happiness with under privileged but won’t it be sensitive to do something meaningful like sponsoring education if you really want to help? In my opinion its next to cruelty to parade and pamper yourself  in front of kids who don’t have a family for namesake!

Of course, sharing our happiness with less fortunate people is a great idea rather than wasting money on those big parties… !!! How about letting the kids cut the birthday cake? Instead of paying, distributing food items and sharing quality time with these special kids sound a better idea to me. How about contributing the money in group and sponsoring the education of kids? I totally understand that not everyone can sponsor education. It’s a long term financial commitment, and we can’t take such decision just like that in excitement and leave it after sometime. How about giving them gifts during Diwali or on birthdays, like crackers, books, pens, pencils? I guess this is affordable for the people who are willing to donate at the orphanage…!! How about teaching them free of cost during weekends…?

The great idea would be contributing and celebrating those kids’ birthdays than celebrating your own.

What actually annoys my mind is why posting it on social networking sites? To see how many like you are getting for your act of kindness? or to see whether your loved ones will get impressed by your kind gestures and think that how lucky they are to get such a great human being like you? why need a show off?

Once I saw on Facebook that someone had posted his  acknowledgment receipt where 1000/Rs amount was written which he donated to orphanage. What to comment now??? 😦

Anyways let us not be judgmental and welcome the ideas coming from the genuinely interested people. I believe it is all about the intention. With genuine intention comes the thoughtfulness and idea to care and cater to their needs. Otherwise it simply turns an act to boost our own ego and cater to our own sense of pride.

Point is, “Donate for your own happiness not to impress people.  🙂 🙂 🙂 ”

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar


My views on Celebrating Birthdays in Orphanage..!!

On the path of calmness…

That’s it..!! I am tired of it now…!!! I am tired of hearing what friends call me..!! What makes them call me Bhajan when I have such a beautiful name on this planet? Why do they start clapping as in Kirtan or Pravachan when I start talking? Do they think, I have soporific aura around me?? OMG..!!!

I am tired…!!! Angry..!!! And so I have challenged my friends that I will transform the soporific aura to an aura of peace…!! Yeah, it’s a challenge now..!! I am quiet since five days…!! Only I know what I am feeling inside..!! Earlier every thought that used to zip through my brain popped out of my mouth,,, but I am silent now…!! It is really painful..!! How come a loquacious person completely turn to Laconic?

Oh God… ! If I continue to stay silent for few more days, I am surely gonna vomit..!! But what about the challenge??  No worries at all… chill…!!!
I will write about my thoughts here now .. let them enjoy the peace… one day they will get bored without me… :/  they will miss my talk…!! Why would I change myself?? But challenge…???  I wish they would have known this,

“I am far more of a loner than people would imagine. But I am the most gregarious and socially interactive loner you ever met. The thing is, I am fascinated by people’s stories and I am very talkative and can’t ever say NO to anything or anyone. So I tend to over-socialize, to give give away too much of my time to the many people I adore.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert.

forget it… leave them…!! :/

I love to observe people… just observe them.. their faces.. the worries.  I frequently go to Mumbai airport to see they carry them, how they talk,… lot many things to learn for me where I lack. Afterall observation is the best teacher.. isn’t it? I have pretty huge list of experiences to share with but let me start with my AOL (Art Of Living) experience.

I have completed AOL Happiness program just few days back.  I learnt Sudarshan kriya there…!! I wanted to join it earlier but really couldn’t manage with time. But inspired from my friend who is intelligent, successful yet so calm, made me join it at the earliest. According to him, if I practice it regularly for 3 months, I will automatically become calm. hahaha…I will won the challenge then..!! Let’s see..!! But yes,, I can see the difference in me now.. !! Can’t really express in words my happiness for having learnt this invaluable technique. On the first day of kriya, I was feeling like angles are roaming around me. I have now started pampering my soul. It has brought stillness in my mind and I feel more lively and energetic nowadays. wow..!!! Pretty amazing experience.

I am very much attached to my friends and family and any disputes with them used to frustrate me. I was just struggling with the issue of attachments.. !! But now I am experiencing several positive changes on physical, mental and emotional levels. On physical level, I don’t feel tired throughout the day. Clarity of mind, contentment, creativity, logical reasoning has improved to remarkable levels on the mental level and I am sure doing it regularly will change my life upside down. I mean, I felt so many emotions in just those 10 – 15 minutes, all what I experienced throughout my life. I can now easily let go negative things and people.

This course has changed my life immensely, I feel happier, more energetic, optimistic about situations and people. I can never forget this experience and my teacher Sheetal.
I am really grateful to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, even though I have never met him, for introducing Sudarshan Kriya in my life and making me feel extraordinarily happy.

So finally I am walking on the path of calmness….!! I won…!!! 😉


Ms. Prajkta Waditwar







On the path of calmness…