“Hearts mend with needle of love and the thread of words.”
What a quote, isn’t it? So simple yet so beautifully musing. For an ordinary one, a needle and a thread is something that stitches a piece of cloth. But for some, it binds the soul. And that’s what I exprienced when we had been to the community for the banner making workshop.I met a group of high spirited women that day.
It was a lovely day as usual. Engaging with new people,  keeping in mind the final play and maximum participation we went ahead.  The task was way more challenging than I thought. Engaging the women of the slums to be part of a bigger picture. And that picture is life. In this patriarchal driven society, it’s the women who actually guide and manage the whole world. They are the indispensable part of our lives.

So we thought that SEWING is something that would engage not just the women but everyone in the slum. Sewing has been a part of our Indian culture since time immemorial. And that’s what we did. We made a very large cloth banner of our community initiated program “SUNO SUNO”  to make a greater impact in the lives of poor yet passionate people. This worked wonder for us. And it was a wonder. I was so blessed to see joyful smiles on their face, and the intensity they were working with. It often puts me into a very deep thought when I imagine those smiling face. That was not just a mere smile but an expression of soul that is caged by the daily monotonous cycle of life. It was expression of love for life that was forgotten in the castles of Oblivion, unaware and unknown that there is a bigger life within us. But not that day. That day they threw out every restlessness or insecurities they had. They gave it their best to live and cherish each moment of that needle piercing the cloth and piercing their sadness. The thread binded the cloth but mended the soul. That day they reminded me of something very beautiful.

“I am reminded that every day I have the chance to pick up a needle and some thread and add to the story. To stitch together something beautiful and unique, to patch a small scrap of fabric to the story, to the Story of Life, that will be retold again and again for all of eternity.”


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