Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My memorable birthday gift...

Yesterday (March 20) was quite exciting. I was really touched and humbled to get so many calls and mails from my friends and relatives. So many of them remembered my birthday, called or mailed me. I was replying to a lot of mails and scraps on orkut (an online community) when "a friend request" caught my eye...

This person, whom i have not met so far, added me as a friend in orkut. First, I did not bother to click and learn more about the profile. But then, some instinct told me to check! (is this called 'woman's instinct' by people? :)) Well, I am really glad I did as I think this was one of the most memorable moment of the day!

I gasped in astonishment when I read this profile. For the first time, I ended up spending close to an hour learning more about the acheivements and the good work done by him and I thought this profile definitely needs to be known by people , particularly those who are interested in Social Service!

His name is Manekshaw T. He has adopted 17 children who lost their parents to the Tsunami waves. 21 widows who lost their husband to tsunami waves are in his care. 84 Mentally Retarded Children are also being nurtured.

You can visit his profile at:
http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=6148832488821419821
(Orkut is an online community in which you can become a member if you have a gmail account).
In brief, He is...
  • The winner of National Award from His Excellency the President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The coordinator for Government sponsored Guinness world record event of planting record number of saplings in 24 hours
  • Managing Trustee of EshaasEp, a Non Governmental Organization dedicated for the welfare of the Children with Mental Retardation, based at tsunami-hit Nagapttinam. Presently, EshaasEP is instituting a residential care home, Hospital and Research centre for the children with Mental Retardation. Pl visit ww.eshaasMRprojects.com for more details
The albums caught my eye... one of the pics shook me really, it brought in the me some of the shuddering memories of my Tsunami visit to Pattinachery during Jan 2005 right just 2 weeks after the fatal incident...
http://www.orkut.com/AlbumZoom.aspx?uid=6148832488821419821&pid=3
(you need to be logged into orkut for viewing this pic)
If you too are impressed by this profile, you may add him as a friend, so that many more of your friends would know him if they chance to visit his profile. You may also Join in the EshaasEP community of ORKUT.COM
For more details you could contact:T. Manekshaw BE. MBM, Managing Trustee, EshaasEP, GVR Complex, New bus stand, Nagapattinam – 611 001. Ph 04365 240412, email: tmaneksha@gmail.com

4 comments:

Nirek said...

thats big achievement really! hope its not some fake profile in orkut??

Megha said...

hi nirek,
it is not fake. i have been interacting with the person off and on...

manekshaw said...

This is Manekshaw, Chairman and Managing Trustee of EshaasEP. You can watch some of my video clippings in the Orkut.
We are inviting everyone to join in 'networking the people' programme of our awareness and fund raising initiatives for the welfare of the mentally challenged children. We need persons who could realize the cause and spirit of this programme. Our intention is that people from ORKUT be not only prefer fun and Pleasure from their old and new acquaintances, but also involve in the noble causes and act as a responsible community for effective sparing of their talent, time and resources and be remunerated duly. I have placed the complete contact details in my orkut profile
yours sincerely,
Manekshaw

Anonymous said...

Was looking for blogs on the TN tsunami and happened to visit this blog by chance. It is amazing you decided to dedicate ur first blog to Mr. Manekshaw. Hats off to you!.