Sunday, March 1, 2009

Life Imitates Films - for Sibling Duo

This story of the of an brother an sister who had lost each other was found in an Children's day function held in Bhopal on 15th November, 2000. To my luck I happened to be at the function when there was some kind of commotion of a sister having found her long lost brother in the function.
This story became an big hit for the Hindustan Times readers that they started coming forward on their own to donate huge amount of money for the studies and lodging of the siblings as both of them used to live in an children home since they had lost their parents in an accident and their aunt had left them when they were in the toddling ages.
A Children's Day function provided the setting for a lost-and-found screen fantasy coming alive for two siblings here in Bhopal.
Fourteen-year-old Shobha was reunited with her 16-year-old brother Neeraj after three years in no less dramatic circumstances than dreamed up by the potboiler Bollywood filmmaker.
The occasion was the sports meet for children from juvenile homes at the Police Parade grounds here on 15th November, 2000.
Spotting a boy playing a cricket match, who resembled her lost brother, Shobha worked up courage to go up to him. A few pleasantries later, she asked him his name, tallied a few details an wept for joy. "I have found my brother," she said. Her brother Neeraj, seemed no less astounded.
The two children are residents of juvenile homes in the State of Madhya Pradesh. While Shobha comes from Krishna Balika home in Bhopal, Neeraj is from Kishore Grah of Jabalpur.
This reunion of the brother-sister after a gap of more than three years came about thanks to the sports meet organized for the children of the juvenile homes throughout the State. The meet was inaugurated here yesterday by the Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.
According to Ajita Bajpayee, commissioner, panchyat and rural development, "neeraj was playing cricket when Shobha noticed him."
However, when Shobha was asked how she recognized her brother she said, "I do not know."

Her brother Neeraj was more forthcoming. "Shobha spoke to me about an aunt with whom we had spent some time together. It was then that i struck me that she was my sister," he said.
The two children who have been housed in the juvenile homes for the past eight years do not remember their parents as they had lost them in a road accident when they were in their toddling ages. All they have is a hazy impression of an aunt in Seoni near Jabalpur and their elder sister Aarti.
The reunion has come as a shot in the arm for the commissioner who was laughed at by all and sundry when she decided to organize a sports meet for the inmates of the juvenile homes.
Ms Bajpayee says: "These children are less privileged but I feel that they should be given a chance to move around in the main stream society. This will help them come out of their shells."
These juvenile homes also repose faith in children by allowing them to enroll themselves for various vocational courses outside the confines of the homes, thus ensuring gainful employment for them.
And guess what the brother-sister duo are looking forward to now? A reunion with their elder sister - Aarti.
And they are not alone in their mission. In real life-filmi climax- the staff of the juvenile homes have vouched to reunite the brother-sister with their third sibling.

No comments: