Sunday, 10 January 2016

This Sardar Is Great!



Food is the last thing which is on our mind when we are tending to someone in hospital. No?


Yes, because we all belong to a class where the basic necessities of food are easily fulfilled. Our concern shifts to something more complex, the treatment. Rather than food, it’s the doctor and treatment which is on our mind. No? And we prefer to get treated in five start hospitals where a sumptuous, healthy and hygienic food is served everyday to us, with care.


But what about those who are not so fortunate? Like the orphan patients? While they are in the hospital, they have to worry not just on how to overcome illness but about their next meal too?


Because they have no one to worry about them. No one to care for them. No one to ask if they had their meal. No one to come near them, talk to them and touch them.


No one bur Gurmeet Singh, an angel in disguise of a human being. The god’s favourite son whom I saw an year ago when I was visiting Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).


I was visiting PMCH to check on some workmen who had got injured in my workplace and were admitted there. While I was about to leave after my brief visit, an inner voice asked me to have a look in the General ward where orphan patients are kept. I still believe it was God who was telling me to go there.


As I entered the neglected place filled with patients who have no family or friend to care for them, I was filled with pain. They were all there- the patients, their faces displaying the agony of not just the physical discomfort they were suffering, but the loneliness they were into. Some were staring blankly in air as if waiting for someone to come for them, while some had just closed their eyes, as if they had resolved to their fate.


Then there I saw him, a strongly built Sardar with peace and satisfaction written on his face, feeding an orphan old lady patient with his hands.




I froze in my tracks. I could not take my eyes off him.

“Do angel look like this?” I asked myself.

“Does God look like this?” was the next thing I asked myself.

While I stood there dumbfounded, Sardar Gurmeet Singh finished feeding the old lady and moved on to a boy lying on the next bed. He took out a lunch-box from his bag, sat beside him and extended his hand holding a piece of Roti which the hungry boy eagerly grabbed.




As I inquire from the hospital staff about this mysterious Sardar, I find that he is Gurmeet Singh, a local citizen, who comes and offers food orphan patients in PMCH everyday. After a hard day’s work in his shop, he comes to hospital in the evening with food bought from a local dhaaba to feeds the orphan souls there. The patients who are too weak to get up and eat on their own, he feeds them with his hands. And not just that, while he feeds them, he talks to them, comforting them, assuring them that they will soon get well.




Patna Medical College and Hospital is such a place where even doctors avoid visiting, because it is filled with most serious patients who have little hope for survival. The filth and dirt around is obvious. Some of the patients are suffering from infectious diseases and their bodies are not in most hygienic condition. However, this does not deter Gurmeet Singh to go close to them, touch them and feed them with his hand.


And he doesn’t stop at this. He cleans the patients beds, arranges their clothes, talks to them. He even celebrates festivals with them offering sweets and savouries.


As I explore more, I come to know that Gurmeet Singh belongs to a family which migrated from Pakistan during partition. Gurmeet’s father came to Patna empty handed and over the years built his business brick by brick. Now, Gurmeet handles the reins of business. He religiously keeps aside 10% of whatever he earns from business, and uses it to prepare food for the orphan patients in PMCH.


His family too is bestowed with the same ideals Gurmeet Singh has. No one in family is extravagant. None of his family members spends in luxuries, but they save money to support Gurmeet’s service of poors. Each of his five sons own and operate separate businesses successfully, but are united in supporting their father in his charity. They readily fill-in for him whenever Gurmeet is not able to visit the hospital, and themselves go to hospital and feed the patients the same way Gurmeet Singh does.


And he has been doing this for last many years, without the desire for any recognition. An ardent disciple of Guru Nanak Dev, he has dedicated himself to this cause with humility and faith.


As I stood there watching, Gurmeet finishes off feeding an old man. As he helps him wipe his face, with a small towel, the old man starts crying. He says something to Gurmeet Singh, which meant that he has no desire to live now, since he has experienced God through the hands of Gurmeet. Gurmeet Singh, places his hand on his shoulder bids him goodbye for the day.




I did not know how to react. But I couldn’t have returned without meeting this representative of God. I slowly approach him. Standing before him, I am at a loss for words. I just take his hand in mine for a handshake, and murmur, “Sardarji, tussi great ho (Sardarji, you are great)”. First he looked surprised at a stranger shaking his hand and talking to him, then gave me a smile, a thousand watt smile which enlightened not just my heart but felt like it had enlightened the entire dimly lit ward of PMCH, the town, the nation, and the world around.



Shri Gurmeet Singh has been doing this service without desire for any recognition. In times where even a small charity is not performed without the presence of cameras, he is one Indian who could inspire thousand others if his story gets known. This blog-post is not written for winning vouchers but with a hope that a few shares of this story on social media will make a hundred Gurmeets in various other towns and cities. That would be a true recognition and reward for this Sardar.



And I hope, as this story spreads, one day it reaches Sardar Gurmeet Singh, so that he knows that the world knows what a real Sardar he is.


Sardarji, tussi great ho!

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Photo Courtesy-  Daily Bihar News




16 comments:

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    1. Thank you Sneh, for your nice words.

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  2. Kudos to Gurmeet and thanks for sharing such story.

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  3. Truly inspiring Saket. Very few people can do that. Monetary donations is one thing, but giving your time and energy with full heart is indeed exceptional as well as commendable. Salute to Sardarji. Thanks for sharing too....!

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    1. Precisely my thoughts, Sunaina. You could differentiate between the two types of contributions- monitory and human effort very well.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Saket...kudos to him...

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    1. Thanks Maniparna, for visiting and expressing your view.

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  5. Man, looks like the prize is coming your way and honestly I am jealous of the way you put thoughts in the blog posts.

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    1. Thanks buddy, for your words of appreciation.

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  6. This is such an inspiring deed... hats off to Sardar Ji. Thanks for bringing this to our notice!

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    1. Happy to know that Sardarji's selfless work is getting known more and more.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  7. This is amazing that our Sardar ji's selfless work is being appreciated and applauded in such a beautiful way. I'm also from Patna and feel privileged knowing Sardar ji in person. But feeling ashamed of myself for never tried of writing about him.
    It's really great of you Saket ji for this beautiful tribute about a great person from my city. I'm feeling proud. :) :)

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  8. This is amazing that our Sardar ji's selfless work is being appreciated and applauded in such a beautiful way. I'm also from Patna and feel privileged knowing Sardar ji in person. But feeling ashamed of myself for never tried of writing about him.
    It's really great of you Saket ji for this beautiful tribute about a great person from my city. I'm feeling proud. :) :)

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    1. Oh, great! So you belong to Patna.

      Looks like Patna produces a lot lot of talent, be it humanatarians or writers... :)

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  9. Absolutely amazing man and story. I live in the USA - is there any way I can make a financial contribution to his effort, or are his family resources sufficient to allow him to fill the needs he sees?
    An inspiration to us all

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