we have our own little prince.. a three year old bundle of pure joy named Utpal.
he suffered third degree burns when he was one and everyone gave up on him, even the men in white, but we did not…
today he fights for his life again as he has been diagnosed with a damaged liver..
we are all shattered… and wonder why he should be made to suffer again…
i can but think of st exupery’s beautiful fable ‘the little prince’ and draw analogies: just like the little prince, utpal seems to have come to bring joy, happiness and love to some many of us.
he is busy discovering the multitude of sub-planets that make our planet Earth. Last week he met with a fiver star hotel and a strange water body called a ‘pool’. bewildered at first, he finally entered the pool and then perplexed looked around and asked for soap!
Utpal’s journey on this planet continues.. he has a wide network of friends from the world over as utpal is a master at walking into people’s heart…
there is still so much more for him to discover.. walk by the sea, sail in a boat, feel the caress of a snow flake, climb a coconut tree…
and yet, for all those who know the tale of the little prince, their is a serpent waiting…
i just wish he loses his way…
for those of you who do not know him, here he is, but beware he may just walk into your heart too..
this morning i watched project why’s very own wedding planners at work and boy was i amazed…
somehow i never realised the meticulous work that these two girls had put over the past weeks..
two dinners, the ceremonies from the boy and girls side, an elephant for the groom, the music, the DJ, a photographer, the wedding cards, everything executed with discreet efficiency while going about they day-to-day work…
my eyes were somewhat moist as i watched in silence…
claude de scoraille landed yesterday…
this is the very lady who dropped by in december to visit project why and then was touched by the magic of pwhy in a unique way: she decided to get married in the giri nagar slums..
a traditional indian wedding with the groom coming on an elephant and then a party with DJ and dance floor and the music of Dhoom in the Shiv mandir hall…
strange, as she and gregoire have been living together in a land where marital ties are not a social must..
to her, being with the children had made her want to take the ultimate step she had not felt the need for..
so april 30th 2005 will witness a strange union…
the card says “the children of project why request the pleasure of your company…” and it will be a wedding where children will play host.. and also be chief guests..
to many it may seem a PR gimmick..
well it is not so..
to all of us it is a unique experience, one that we could not have experienced if claude and gregoire had not taken this step..
this wedding trascends countries, social strata, religions, conventions, mores, traditions and much more..
it is a celebration of everything project why stands for: a meeting of human hearts. It brings together and weaves into a magical night elements that no one could have dreamt of …
i hope the memories of this unique night manage to bring down the complex and suffocating walls that often emprison us and stops us from loooking with our hearts
why a blog after five years of existence..
well because we have grown..
because memory fails..
because so much that happens on this little planet needs to be shared and remembered..
so let us start just by talking about today..
as usual teh day began just like many others
kids came, teachers too, some late as usual with their string of excuses..
the three wheeler overflowing with children halted and out come little monty, barefoot as usual but suddenly all grown up..
was this the same kid who we had nursed and almost thought we would lose, the one who lay in hospital with his huge head and terrible ear infection.. the one we had to find blood for more than once..
i remember the day when i reached a party and instead of the usual ‘hi’ hear myslef saying, ‘hey i need blood’..
yes the same monty who came with his sister Sapna then 4 year old, who was mentally retarded and could barely hold her head up..
today she walks a little but is still lost in her world, but little monty has become taller than now 6 year old..
no big deal many would say..
but for me looking at monty today was like seing two years of project why…
and feeling strangely content..
monty will i hope go to school one day
sapna will transfer to our special section and maybe learn to be a beautician..
and years will pass
but will i be around!