"One can find many people in Baihar (a very small town in Central India; population approx. 15,000) who are forced to be dependent on others’ help to live their lives, mostly due to financial problems. But, at least, are healthy enough to work hard and survive. But seeing this one particular person on the street, on my way to coaching class, really made me sad; he wasn’t even physically healthy enough to beg. His condition was miserable. His clothes were torn off; I saw him shivering with cold at the corner of Gandhi Chowk (cross section in Baihar). He had been suffering from elephantiasis (a disease that is characterized by the thickening of the skin and underlying tissues and limbs) and was unable to move. The whole day, I couldn’t get him and the whole scene out of my mind.
I decided to help him in some way and I asked my mother to help me find some old warm clothes from my house as I was not able to buy new clothes. I felt immense amount of PEACE after I gave those clothes to him, and I could hardly care about the stone he had thrown at me afterwards."
-Jay Ramteke (Baihar, India)