Personal causes

last updated on: 20th May 2021

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” ~ Melinda Gates, valedictory speech, Ursuline Academy, 1982

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” ~ Hellen Keller

Bill and Melinda Gates were never much of an inspiration for me, but an article I read about them sometime back hit me at the core. Along with the above quote, they talked about how everyone should adopt 2-3 causes and give their everything for it.

Initially, there was entropy. I gave all sorts of excuses to myself – I have too much work, I don’t have the time and energy, I don’t have the money. I kept procrastinating for many years.

But then one day suddenly, I thought – when would I have the time or energy to help? Was I expecting a messiah to help me get over these obstacles? I began checking the internet, got in touch with some charitable organizations and started donating money and material. I slowly brought changes in my life which would reflect these causes.

When I die, I want to go knowing that I gave back more to the world than I took from it.

Since June 2013, I have begun donating 10% of my take-home income. I am currently associated with Rang De, SankalpTaru, Blind People’s Association and SOS Children’s Villages India.