“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.” ~ Chinua Achebe
It is 43C outside my parents’ home in Ahmedabad. The Indian summer has arrived. We are seated in one of the cooler rooms.
And then, I make an announcement – going forth, I am going to donate a full 10% of my take-home income.
My mother exclaims – don’t you want to save for your future?! Or have you become so rich?
I reply – no, it is nothing to do with being rich. But my basic needs have been met long back.
You might ask, what is so great about my announcement? I have already been donating since a while now.
Over the last few years, I have given it some serious thought. As I travel and read and see the world more, I feel all the more blessed. Things which I take for granted are daily struggles for a lot of people.
The time has come to step it up. Committing on donating is something entirely different, as compared to doing it occasionally. It is a lifestyle change decision.
I know. Money is not the answer. And I can’t even claim that I am helping in addressing the root causes by donating.
But I do believe that even a small amount can make a difference. Especially in India, where many don’t even have access to basic levels of education and health.
I am not rich. And 10% is a small amount. But 10% over the years will definitely build into something significant (btw, donating 10% is a pretty popular concept).
So here it goes. Just like my personal manifesto of creativity, this one is another manifesto – that of giving back. I will keep donating as far as my earnings exceed my needs.
There are a lot many who already do this. Wait up people, I am joining you.
And you? Coming with me?