People abandoning their ageing parents is a heart-breaking reality all over the world. Scores of elderly people fall victim to abuse, neglect and more often than not, live in dire conditions even in old age homes. But to hundreds of old people, Dr Uday Modi is an angel in disguise. He has dedicated his entire life to the service of old people who are abandoned by their own children.
Dr Modi has been running a free tiffin service in Bhayandar, Mumbai, which feeds close to 500 old people on a daily basis. From a village called Amreli near Rajkot, Gujarat, he moved to Mumbai to practice alternative medicine.
“It all started when one of my patients an old fellow, he must have been around 78. He showed up at my door, all helpless. He wife was chronically ill and couldn’t do anything on her own. This couple was old, poor without even 10 rupees to buy a ‘vadapao’. He said he needed food, it moved me and that is when I decided that I want to feed the needy elderly for nothing in return.” says Dr Modi.
He named his kitchen the ‘Shravan Tiffin Service’ after ‘Shravan Kumar’, an obedient son from the Hindu mythology. He first started the service from his own house, where his wife Kalpana would prepare food
What started as 11 tiffins every day, grew to 200 tiffins distributed to old people across the city. He also ensures that food for the diabetic is prepared in a separate kitchen. A Plate Of Sumptuous Meal
The tiffin contains 6 chappatis and a curry along with dal and rice. On Sundays, they serve a home-made dessert and farsan, which is a Gujarat savoury snack.
Every penny is spent from his own pocket
Dr Modi spends close to 3 lakhs in the tiffin service and he does os all this while supporting his own family.
“My chest swells with pride when my kids come back and give me tiny bits of their savings to be put in for the seva. Lots of people come forward and support, I am sure it will go on, and with the grace of God, we will be able to reach out to more and more helpless elderly,” he told NDTV.
And that’s not all, he hopes to expand his services by buildingaDikra nu Ghar for these old people which he calls “a home, like their own son’s place where everything is taken care of, not only food but everything else.