Today I spent my Sunday at Santosh’s house with his family. It was a memorable experience for me. With the warm welcome and loving hospitality I was beginning to feel comfortable and at home right from the time I stepped into the house. In no time, Santosh’s kids, (4 year old daughter Swara and 1 year old son Swarit) mingled with me and pulled me to play with them.
Santosh and I played Snakes and Ladders with Swara. As we played with Swara I began to think how analogous our life is like this game... for a moment we race up the ladder but on another we fall down gulped by the snakes. Swara was excited with every ladder she climbed and was overjoyed and elated when she managed to defeat us and win the game. Then she led us to another game of riding the train. Swara played the engine and Santosh and I were the bogies. Santosh’s one year old kid Swarit was clinging on to his dad’s leg sending a message that he is also in the game!
The lunch was sumptuous and simply delicious. On the occasion of Sankranti there were Puran Poli for lunch. Santosh, his wife and I exchanged a lot of stories and memories of SHG meetings and workshops over lunch. I also shared a few stories of the Bhubaneshwar conference. Santosh’s wife was very supportive of the idea of Self-help group and she opined that such a group is very much necessary for PWS to come out and speak.
Swara then showed her skills with dance, as she performed on “Kolaveri Di” and “Chikni Chameli”.
By spending a day at Santosh’s house, talking to him and his wife and playing with his kids, I have had one of the best Sunday’s I had for a long time. Santosh is parting away. He is leaving Goa and is going back to his home town Mumbai soon. SHG’s create a bonding that is certainly beyond self-help and stammering.
Santosh has plans to revive Mumbai Group. Watchout Romi and Sanket! The star from Goa is coming to rock Mumbai…
We all from Goa wish Santosh all the best for his future endeavours.