Going beyond chequebook charity Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand opened his doors to nearby slum dwellers. What they say is true every cloud has a silver lining. even this natural calamity has had many sliver linings. It has opened peoples heart even further and they helped each other in the hour of need by sharing food, opening their doors to strangers, by taking care of each other. It has also made people realise that having money, car, phone, expensive clothes comes later what comes first is basic survival – food, water, shelter which is otherwise taken for granted.
Hopefully we wont need such calamities or tragedies in future for people to have basic human values.
Looking forward to a New Earth where all beings live in Love, Peace, Harmony and Abundance ~
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Anita Mulchandani is a Chartered Accountant & C.P.A (USA) who found her spiritual calling few years ago, she is now set to launch a Social Venture with a focus on empowerment and enrichment of non-mainstream sections of society.
Vishwanathan Anand Opens His Doors To Flood-Hit Slum Dwellers In Chennai
With Chennai reeling under the impact of the floods, Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, in a wonderful gesture, has thrown open the doors of his house for flood-affected people from neighbouring slums.
Vishwanathan Anand Open His Doors For Flood Hit Slum Dwellers In Chennai
Anand, however, is not in the city as he is currently participating in the London Chess Classic and drew with world champion Magnus Carlsen in Round Three on Monday. He is also set to announce a monetary contribution for the relief fund shortly.
“Since it was difficult to leave Akhil (Anand’s son) and elderly father-in-law and at home and venture out to offer relief and assistance, we chose to open our doors for the affected. Following the first floods, we had close to 20 people, including two pregnant women, from the neighbouring slums staying over at our place.
My maid, who lost her home and all her belongings, too came over along with her extended family and stayed with us. Food was cooked in large amounts for all those at home as well as handed over to volunteers for distribution.” Anand’s wife Aruna explained.
Although situated on the ground floor, Anand’s home in RA Puram, was largely unaffected by the torrential rains and the floods that followed. Though most of the city was badly affected, the metropolis is slowly finding its feet, thanks to numerous such instances of help.
“Most of the slum kids to whom we offered refuge were unaware that the house belongs to Anand,” said Aruna, “Once our maid informed them they were thrilled at the idea of living at the house of someone about whom they had read only in textbooks.”