Thankful for All

Pics of an older woman cooking on the sidewalk in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Meera and M are doing superbly well and healthy. Our lives have been enriched in so many ways: great family and friends, satisfying careers and fulfilling “dharma”. We are thankful for all this and more! ~ Arun

This post by Preena reminded me of this older woman cooking on the sidewalk in South Mumbai. It was a simple, charred metal can she used to boil a little bit of rice. That was all she had for dinner.

Further down the street, I saw these kids playing. After a few pics I walked over to the tin shack where the mother was cooking. She appears to be smilingly content; I am certain its an optical illusion.

Pics of street kids in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Pics of street kids in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

A good time to remind ourselves how fortunate we are. You really do not need that discounted gadget.
Black Friday sales

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  1. we are lucky to be born in comfort but i feel we r more lucky to have someone like arun who reminds us of our debt to this society…or else we’ll keep ourselves busy as ever. thanks

  2. The post comes at a perfect time for me. I have been reading ‘Little Daughter’ by Zoya Phan, a political actitivist from Burma. The book is her autobiography where she describes her life and conditions in Burma. I am half way through the book but it does make me stop and think of how lucky we are….

  3. These were exactly my thoughts. You shared them well with your pictures and words. This world is so unfair. On the one side, we have lavish weddings in India where food is wasted and on the other we have people who have nothing and yet have a smile on their faces. This gives me a jolt to not grumble about anything. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to your family!

    1. Thank you Priya,

      Sad part I left out is that the wall you see in both these pics is the Cooperage maidan near Sachivalaya. There every night fancy weddings take place with lights galore and literally tons of foods discarded in the trash.

  4. Arun, Seeing these pics I really feel blessed to have warm house, warm food to share with my loved ones. Don’t we need to be thankful to the almighty for the blessings received..A gentle reminder 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you Ujwal for the prompt.
      In our family, divinity is not something we “visit in a temple,” but an integral part of our very being. “I am (a part of the infinite divine) therefore I think.” And this recognition and belief is itself a blessing that I am most thankful for. I tried to summarize it in “fulfilling dharma”, but I agree with you, this explanation is better.

      How are you doing? and hope all is well with you family.

  5. Hello, I am Kirti from Pune, India,I have been reading your blog quite regularly, one of your fans i must say!your articles are thought provoking , this one made me think of million complaints i make about everything! Thanks a lot and a love to Meera!

    1. Welcome Kirti and thank you for your patience in reading all that that write;
      and your kind words.
      Its readers such as you that keep be going back and writing more articles.

      Best Wishes for the holidays,

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