Given my love for kids, I decided to teach part-time in a local school. Unlike other staffs, I decided to have my lunch in the school corridors along with the kids, where the free meals was severed for them. There can be nothing better on earth than spending time with kids.
I noticed that a particular girl named Jothi seemed to look gloomy everyday after her lunch. One fine day I decided to have my lunch with her. I noticed that the girl had her eyes fixed on the dustbin. I inquired What about the dustbin was worrying her. She answered that it was what’s inside it worried her more. When asked as to why the thrown away food was worrying her, with tear filled eyes she replied “The very reason I am sent to school everyday by my parents is that I can have at-least one stomach filling meal. I feel that’s MY LUNCH in there.”
Those words struck me so hard. I could realise Bharathiyar’s Anger when he wrote “Thanior manidanukku unavillaiyen jagathinai azhithiduvom”(destroy this world if food is not available to an individual) and Vallalar’s sympathy when he quoted “Vadiya payirai kandapodellam vadinen”(my heart broke whenever i saw a dead crop). Jothi did enlighten me. Let’s make it a point that we do not waste food, let alone donating it.
I would like to mention my Good friend who is inspiring me not to waste even a grain of rice – RS VIGNESH.