Had a great evening couple of days back with our extended family in a 3 hour cruise on the Ganges. We all enjoyed the sunset on Ganges across the Howrah bridge. While the walk from launch to Belur Math may be long and strenuous, but reaching in time of the sandhya arati was worth the effort. The service and food from Vivada was just fabulous. Equally spectacular was the view of the lights of Kolkata and Howrah from the dark waters on our way back.
Last two months were full of activities as we celebrated birthdays and anniversaries of a number of our family of elders. On a few occasions we even celebrated these on behalf of their children and gave them a pleasant surprise. On yet some others, we were pleasantly surprised when we were invited to family celebrations and made to feel an integral part of their families.
However, the cycle of life must carry on and bring with it periods of deep poignancy. We were reminded sharply of the inevitability of the passage of time as sorrow descended on us with the passing of one of our loving elders.
As a mark of respect to her, we are not posting any pictures of our fun activities.
We fondly recollect the wonderful warm memories that we gathered over the short span of our relationship of our association with her. How the energetic lady shared her knitting skills with one of our colleagues, despite her serious medical conditions. The priceless smile on her face when we all went out for a cup of tea.
May her soul rest in peace - Kakima you will always be in our memories.
Age is no bar to have fun, neither is weather or health. It is all about the mind-set. Lot of our elders proved it once we were able to kindle their desires - having phuchka on the roadside after years, going for a walk in the neighbourhood, mingling with the kids, going to Am-utshov to celebrate the mango season, going out just for a cup of coffee (first fun outing in several months - getting a break from going out only for medical reasons), or simply fulfilling a long standing wish of wearing a helmet.
You do not need to plan big or think big - small things still matter a lot to them. We at Care Unlimited wish that our effort continue to be rewarded with these smiles.
Our family at Care Unlimited is growing and many of our elder members were not in a mood to go out in this extreme heat. So we decided to celebrate at each of their home. Our team took time away from their own family to spend time with our elders. We got them something of their liking - sweets, snacks, flower plants, etc. And in all occasions without exception the elderly were so happy to see us. They loved spending quality time with us on the first day of the Bengali New Year. We were overwhelmed with love and well-wishes we got from them in a single day.
It was a big task to visit everyone on the same day - but collective effort from the whole team made it look easy. And it was worth it - from the pleasures we derived from their happiness.
Subho Naboborsho to the friends and well-wishers of Care Unlimited.
A number of our elder members had their children visiting them over the year end. We asked the others how they want to enjoy the year end and get into the festive moods of Christmas & New Year. Couple of elder ladies wanted see the lights of Park Street.
Yesterday, 26th December, 2015, we from Care Unlimited took them for a drive through Park Street area. They met each other the first time, however it took few minutes for them to break the ice & enjoy each other's company. We stopped at Flury's to have some tea and snacks. It was a very satisfying experience for us too to see them enjoying together - one of them is coming back to Flury's after 40 years. They went on talking about their experience of their youth - memories and stories from the past kept flowing one after another.
These small happiness which we are able to give them makes us feel more motivated to do our work more sincerely & thought sharing these lovely moments with everyone
A professor wanted to collect his pension physically as he wanted to continue to meet the people there. Collecting the pension from AG Bengal meant spending the whole day - submitting the documents, taken token, waiting for hours for his turn to collect the cheque. But he used to enjoy all these and considered this as a welcome outing with his wife.
As years passed, and he grew close to 80, waiting for the whole day without proper food was no longer fun. Moreover, he stated having challenges with signing documents. Thus completing the paper-works also became a challenge. However, changing to modern way of direct deposit to bank meant filling out a lot of form (not an easy task any longer), getting photos and signature attested by gazetted officer (older contacts are no longer working) . Thus the change posed a significant challenge in execution - and they continued to go to AG Bengal monthly to collect the pension. Once a pleasure trip is now a source of tension and anxiety.
Our team helped them to solve this problem, arranged & filed the papers on their behalf. We are rewarded with the relief of this elderly couple that they no longer need to make the monthly dreaded trip all the way to AG Bengal.