Having been brought up in the capital of India in a upper middle class family, I never really had many hardships to face. But my parents always emphasized the need to share my fortune and my joys with the less fortunate ones. In 2015, on a routine visit to an orphanage, I tried to spend more time with the children and understand their wishes and aspirations in life. They surpassed my expectations when one child mentioned that he’s never had his birthday celebrated. The others followed suit.
Recollecting all the birthday cakes that I cut and stacks of presents received, I could only imagine what their joy would be to have theirs celebrated at least once. It did not take me long to make a list of the 73 children represented by 73 days of the year.

The next few months that I spent striking some of these days off my list, and sharing a piece of the cake changed my perception of life: ‘Happiness comes from little things’. Thus was born the idea of setting up ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’, meaning joys from the trivial things.

We expanded the ideas and focussed energy on helping the orphans. With assistance from my family, and with the support of my friends, we were able to make a better use of our resources. We requested people to donate their old clothes and accessories, to provide to these children as their new clothes. Even the simplest of gestures would light up their lives. But that would not have been enough. Education remains the epicenter of development apart from one’s basic needs. We tried to encourage school attendance and stimulate interest by organizing vocational activities and awarding them with reading material and stationary. To overcome the disparities in female literacy, we now seek to promote the education of the girl child, by sponsoring their education and propagate it.