Brighter the better with Diwali Flea Market
Little had I known that this trip to Diwali flea market at Statesman Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi will turn out into such an enriching experience. The quest for decorative stuff for upcoming Diwali celebrations makes us all throng crammed market spaces and at times it's annoying because of the inflated prices.
The Diwali Flea Market organised by the NGOs Goonj and Rashtriya Pragya Drishti Sansthan gave a feeler that the wares on display will be tasteful. They indeed were and had so many stories to tell.
The clay diyas were painted beautifully hardly showing any signs of imperfections. The terracotta Ganesha idol which caught my immediate attention had the most beautifully painted impressive big eyes. Little did I realize that the ones who had painted them are denied the gift of vision. The ability to visualise without power of vision is certainly most amazing. The Lakshmi feet with their crystals and bright paint made me pick them up instantly. The Swastik symbols were equally fascinating. The bright crystal studded Lakshmi Ganesha idol were a visual delight. The leather bags on display raised a temptation hard to resist and so settled for a dark green hand bag. The insides of the bag have been stitched by the hands whose worlds lie within the confines of darkness. A touch made me feel as if trying to touch the fingertips of those who must have gotten pierced while stitching it. I kept piling my shopping bag and had the most interesting conversation with Dilip, a gentleman associated with RPDS and their spokeswoman Arzoo. The revelation in store was, a never ending quest for serving humanity within a sspecially-abled 16 year old boy, Dilip Kumar Kharwar.
Dilip had a question for me - Who I was and what post I hold. The humble freelance writer in me tried my best with all decorated words to answer to his satisfaction though I doubt if he found it satisfactory. My doubt was confirmed when during the course of conversation it was revealed that he wants to be an IAS officer. He is a multilingual and narrated one of his compositions,
Brashctachar badhta jaa Raha hai, jaisa pani ki dhaar
Uri incident has had a deep impact and he expressed his anguish by saying,
Manushya hi bana manushya ka dushman,
Yahi hai sabse badi haar.
RPDS is an educational and vocational training institution for visually challenged students attending from all over the country. Where else can you see such national integration where people from Kashmir, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Punjab and many more places bonding and binding because of their blinding. The power of education and vocational training is instrumental in transforming these lives. They are the most sensitive, powerful, imaginative and self-reliant people.
The interaction has been one of the most interesting I had in recent times and makes one reflect. Each new encounter, each new moment, is an entirely new world. A world of marvels is waiting for us to pay attention, simplify purpose of heart and open inner eyes.
Would urge everyone to step out from the comfortable confines and see the world around. Shop for a cause and gift a smile to those who truly deserve them. It's your and my bid to make them self-reliant. Let's light the hearts of those who can't see light this Diwali, how else could Festival of Lights be better and brighter than this. Just can't help humming these beautiful lines from the movie, Anurodh which has so much to say:
Tum besahara Ho to Kisi ka Sahara Bano
Tumko apne aap hi Sahara mil jayega
Kashti koi doobti pahuncha do kinare pe
Tumko apne aap hi kinara mil jayega .........
तुम बेसहारा होतो किसी का सहारा बनो
तुमको अपने आप ही सहारा मिल जाएगा
कश्ती कोई डूबती पहुँचा दो किनारे पे
तुमको अपने आप ही किनारा मिल जाएगा ...........