Saturday, February 27, 2010

EXPANSION IS LIFE - CONTRACTION IS DEATH

"Let the wick of our work burn,
from the smallest candle to the brightest torch,
And with it let it burn,
all miseries that did not belong,
And at the end, let only the light remain.
The light which is bright & full of love, warmth and tender touch....
streaming within & around us always,
making the world a bright place to live in."
Riding in the rollercoaster of my life, I had never thought other than myself. Though my heart cried for the unpriviledged sections but my response to it was almost nil. After the completion of my schooling, I joined NITRKL for my Engineering degree. I found accomodation in the hostel inside the campus. For the first time in my life I had to stay way away from my home. I was very much missing my parents and other family members.Though physically residing in the hostel, my restless mind was ever in search of a shelter where I can get peace. I realised peace only can prevail in the area where mind and soul are full of noble thoughts and physical body is always ready to serve the needy.
At the right moment, I came across the movement of AASRA FAMILY. True to its title, I soon realised, it is the right place for the shelter of my mind. Being inspired by my senior brothers & sisters, I became a member of this family.

I participated in various activities of this family.My introduction to the work places like an orphanage in basanti colony and Leprosy colony in sector 21 made me overwhelmed at the opportunity. Imparting education to the children of the deprived classes constitute the main aim of AASRA Family.They bestow their love and affection on these withered leaves to spread a smile on the innocent faces. The smile that reflects satisfaction, removes all pains, suppresses all fears and spreads the light of joy to every timid heart. Thus,day in and day out ,the AASRA members work for the upliftment of these classes. I have been taught that the hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray.

I have received my life from my parents, continued to receive food from the farmers, education from the teachers, help from my friends. I feel i owe my entire being to others. So it is my duty to dedicate my life for the cause of the others.

Lastly, I am thankful to my beloved family called AASRA which is the source of my inspiration and continued dedication to see a society where no one feels neglected or unwanted.

So let us light the ray of hope within the hearts, to see it shine day by day with added lustre and finally burn the darkness of the mundane thoughts to see a brighter dawn.
By:-Toshali Mohanty,(1st Year)

THE FORSAKEN

There were those sad beautiful eyes,

The tilted heads with pink cheeks,

The batting lashes with a tear drop,

And a smile with a curve in the corner....

The hands outreaching to be held,

The ears eager to hear words of love,

Those legs longing to stand tall and strong,

There were those sad empty eyes....

The curtain falls, their faces lit up,

Eyes closed, they dream of flying away,

The smile spreads across, it is so fragile,

In the whirl of the wind, they live their lives....

The bubble bursts, the curtains rise,

They open eyes to find their wings torn,

The cry deep in their heart ever so blue,

The fear whispering, “never dream again".....

They look up, look into the heaven,

Overcast, the turmoil never seems to cease,

Winter so heavy upon their souls,

The lamp of joy flickering so wild....

Pair of hands covers it, it burns unbroken,

It glows stronger, the clouds drift apart,

The sun shines on them, shining ever so bright,

The doors to heaven open up wide....

The angel descends, so pure, so white,

She mends the broken wings, the broken dreams,

She takes their hand, she makes them stand,

She gives them love, gives them all she has....

ANKITA JENA

B.TECH 1ST YEAR

What I do...

The tender buds in the untended garden, instead of blossoming, wither to the weeds in the eyes of the society. But we in Aasra, care for these buds and help them blossom beautifully.

In the eyes of God, everyone is equal, so why in the society do we see division and disparity??

With the hope of removing this differentiation between fellow souls, I joined Aasra.

Since then I have been going to sector 21, every Saturday evening, I and three of my friends cycle down to meet the kids there. There I teach children in the seventh and eighth standard. Teaching them is great fun ,and their interest is very encouraging .Not only Saturdays, but we also celebrate festivals with them. Be it celebrating Independence Day, distributing sweets on Ganesh Puja or preparing the Rangoli on Diwali, time spent at sector 21, with the sweet smiling faces of kids, is the best time spent, away from home. This helps to work more, help more.

If you want to bring a change, you have to be the change first. So I hope, like I am concerned for them today, the whole world realizes their duty and takes a step forward to help the needy live their dreams...

By:-Pratyasha Mohapatra(1st year)

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