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Yesterday, while coming back from a relative’s house after distribution of Diwali gifts, my car was standing still in the bottleneck traffic jam of Delhi. I was looking here and there to distract myself when I saw a little boy holding the hand of an even smaller girl, begging for food. “We haven’t eaten in two days, please give food. Give anything that’s food”, they repeated this one line constantly making me shiver by their misery. Torn clothes, caked with dirt, empty eyes and hungry faces over a body that was nothing but skeleton wrapped in a thin layer of skin (not flesh). Like all Delhites I tried to give them a pass, and looked the other way, but their innocent faces drew my attention to them (we are bound to ogle at disasters, psychologically proven), and I felt my airway close as I kept some money in their hands…

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by Chiradeep Patra

I never knew this kind of celebration before till I participated in one. It was the first week of December in 2013. Christmas was closing in… the atmosphere was ecstatic. I was wondering what can be Pot-lock Lunch celebration…!!! We all were asked to make one dish of your own choice. There were no specifications. And we were asked to make for only our own family members. I mean if we are two in the family then we will make only for two people.


Finally, when the time came we had to carry our own cooked dish and visit our church. In one of the rooms, there were tables together for the foods to be kept. We kept ours on the table. My wife made “Dahi Bada“. There’s a picture of the same below:

(Dahi Bada)

Now slowly all our church members started to barge in the room with their cooked dishes. It was an amazing sight. I kept clicking everybody with their dishes. Let me display few of those pictures for you all…

(Plain Rice)

There were three young boys of our church who were asked to cook only rice so that they won’t feel burdened financially.

(Fried Rice)

Apart from plain rice, there was some fried rice as well by another church member. That was so sweet of her.

(Chicken Kofta/Cutlet)
(Malai Chicken)
(Plain Chicken Curry)
Fried Chicken)
(Fried Chicken)

Above, I displayed all FOUR chicken preparations for you to savor… I mean only with your beautiful eyes… 😉

Now, next, I would like to present prawn items for you…

(Malai Prawn)
(Prawn Curry)

If you have finished eating prawn items then we can move on to egg preparations as the next items…

(Fried Eggs with fried Potato)
(Egg Curry)
(Egg Curry)

Now let’s move quickly to the veg and dessert section finish our lunch as soon as possible… 😉

(Fried Pottato & Beans)
(Fried Potato & Beans)
(Kheer or Payes)

Then finally we drank water in utter satisfaction… I don’t have the pictures of water… You can google it. 😉

You must be thinking I am just sharing this event just for the sake of sharing… But my main motive behind this was to let you know the lesson that I learned from this special lunch gathering…

You won’t believe we all were satisfied and overjoyed. Though the preparations were not that grand, the quantity  of each dish brought was not sufficient for all but when we shared that small amount with all there was no shortage of food but there was food still left till the end. People were forced to eat the rest so that nothing go as wastage.

I was so overwhelmed with the brotherly love and blessings that day. I learned that when I share my portion with others I will never lack anything instead I will be satisfied to the highest.

Keep sharing the love and blessings that you have today…

Stay Blessed!!!

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