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9th Sept. 2018

Our last get together started late afternoon with the splendid songs from one of our seniors - she performed in front of others after several decades. Then the awesome performance of "Tin Roy" with coordinated efforts from our elders supported by our team members. You could see their excitement to perform in front of a 50 strong audience. It was fun to listen to some of our favourite childhood stories and lyrics in the voice of our elders.

The next performance, Debotar Gras, by the kids from Prachcho, was so lively yet so touching, that everyone stood up in applause at the end. The evening brought a different flavour - the seniors and the kids performing for each other. We, as facilitators, watched the wonderful interaction of the two diverse groups, and their appreciation for each othe    No automatic alt text available.   Image may contain: 2 people, people on stage, people playing musical instruments and people sittingImage may contain: one or more people and indoor    Image may contain: one or more people

 

 

 

We had our bijoya sommiloni last week. It was a day dedicated to our elders' performance. Lamp lighting by the eldest member. Followed by slokas from our newest member. Then there were songs, recitation, solo performance. The day's highlight - we engaged them in games. During audio visual quiz, it was a surprise to see how they racked their brains to get the answer. While there was an initial no, but everyone talked about an event from life based on the chit they got in lottery. We were successful in having an interactive evening with the whole group.

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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.

 

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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.

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At Care Unlimited, our focus is to facilitate the positive state of mind to improve the health as well as the quality of life for the elders.

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