Count Your Blessings (CYB) - an Eastern Fare initiative

We live in a greedy little world,
That teaches every little boy and girl,
To earn as much as they can possibly
Then turn around and spend it foolishly…

Do these words in Shania Twain really hold true? Have you ever taken a moment from your busy lives and wondered - where does all the rush, all the stress, all the running around lead to? Isn’t there anything more to our lives than Cell Phones, Play Stations and LED TVs? What about the world around us? What about the ones who are less fortunate ones?

Count Your Blessings at Eastern Fare Music Foundation
Members of Eastern Fare at an Old Age Home
Eastern Fare Music Club (EFMC) strongly believes that ‘Happiness’ was born a twin; it is complete only when shared. Our new initiative “Count Your Blessings” (CYB) came into being with this philosophy. We do believe that we have been bestowed with ample health and wealth and sharing our blessings with someone who is in need of it makes it only better. Believe us when we say that there is tremendous happiness when happiness is shared, for, when sorrow is shared with someone, it is only half the sorrow; but when joy is shared, it is double the joy.

Although in its nascent stage, Eastern Fare Music Club’s “Count Your Blessings” initiative has driven many young adults to visit some Senior Citizens Home and Orphanage in Bangalore, India. Since 2009, EFMC has also been organising Blood Donation Camps in Bangalore. In 2006, members of EFMC organised a charitable event for the organisation "People For Animals" in Guwahati, Assam.

In the months of October and November, 2010, members of the Count Your Blessings initiative visited a senior citizens home called “Anandashram” in Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. The members collected whatever money they could and donated the society with three emergency lights and cash. The residents of the Ashram were, however, much more thrilled and delighted with the company of these youngsters who took their time to spend it with the senior citizens. All they want is to feel loved, that someone cares about them, that they are not alone. The joy in their eyes was simply marvelous and the feeling, simply incredible.

In the coming weeks and months, Eastern fare Music Club plans to visit few more places and help out places like these with cash, kinds or services. A musical event dedicated to these people is also in the planning phase, so if you want to be a star for an evening, feel free to get in touch with us. Remember, it isn’t about when, what and how you donate, the bottom line is, like we mentioned earlier, make them feel cared for. Smile at them and they will smile at you.

-by Parmita Borah