Let’s decide to be happy today by finding out what happened in the last seven days that make us feel so. Here is this week’s edition of Silver Lining Saturdays, your happiness top-up.
“Sottt…” at your Home!
The feeling of seeing the good sense of people finally prevail is somewhat unmatched. After making the self-claimed rapper Omprakash Mishra undeservingly popular with his sexist and misogynistic lyrics (if you can even call it that), the so-called “sotters” were arranging shouting events at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. After hundreds (!!!) gathered in Delhi, much more was expected in Mumbai and Bengaluru. But, thankfully, Bengaluru cops intervened declaring the event illegal. Deccan Herald quoted Bengaluru City Police Commissioner, T Suneel Kumar, saying “We will not encourage Facebook event which includes sexist lyrics. So far we have not been approached by the organizers seeking permission for the event. If the organizers go ahead with the event we will take legal action.” Oh, thank God! Unsurprisingly, the organizers have postponed the event.
Also, a good Samaritan named Smokedlime has reported the videos to YouTube and those have since been taken down making the internet a little better place.
Emphasis on Environment
We, Indians, very much like our festivities and we also like to extravagantly celebrate those occasions. There is absolutely nothing wrong in it. But, one would think that people will be responsible. Alas, that is often not the case. Take for example Dussehra and Diwali. I have personally seen the layer of smoke that engulfs entire cities after hours of crackers and fireworks. A good amount of people has been crying out loud against it for a very long time but nothing has changed. Finally, Delhi high court has taken some action. Issuing a 16-point order, a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur noted there is enough quantity of firecrackers already available in Delhi-NCR and the dealers should exhaust them first. “There can be no doubt that the residents of the NCT of Delhi and indeed the entire NCR are entitled to breathe unpolluted air. They are entitled to the protection of their health from the adverse consequences of breathing in air polluted by the bursting of fireworks,” the apex court pointed out. Hopefully, this movement will continue till the end goal is reached. (source)
The Chainsaw Nun
Truly wonderful incidents do occur when humanity faces grave situations. Like when people of Florida saw a nun walking the streets, wielding a chainsaw!
Meet Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F Carroll High School, Florida. Images of Sister Ann clearing out a fallen tree from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma have been splashed across social media. “The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through, and I saw someone spin in the mud and almost … go off the road,” she told CNN. An off-duty cop with Florida’s Miami Dade Police Department shot the video of the nun in action and posted it on their official page on Tuesday. The department said, “…these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty!” Indeed.
Delivered where Needed
Continuing with wonderful stories in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Tim McRory, a truck driver, helped victims at the cost of losing his job. The long-haul driver gave away 960 pieces of plywood to local residents who used it to protect their houses. McCrory said he informed his superiors about giving away the wood and was told: “We’re going to have to let you go.” I told them “There was a Category 5 hurricane coming. Home Depot was closed. People needed that plywood.” Local resident Tracy says, “I cannot explain the sense of community I felt with those of us who were lucky enough to not just receive plywood, but also receive a much more important gift … compassion.” Tracy has also established a GoFundMe page for McCrory when she learned he had lost his job. We are thankful to people like Tim and sincerely hope he gets a job very soon. (source)
We all have our experiences of producing weirdest excuses for skipping classes and subsequently getting scolded or punished. But when Ashton Robinson skipped class, something unexpected happened.
Ashton Robinson, a student of Texas University, emailed her teacher that she wouldn’t be able to attend the class as she was unable to find a babysitter for her little kid, Emmett. In response, Dr. Henry Musoma, her professor asked Ashton to bring the baby along. Yes, both mother and baby attended the class and Emmett was attended by none other than Dr. Musoma. This lovely incident was summarized perfectly by Ashton herself – “Being a single mom is so challenging but it’s people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier!” (source)
That’s a wrap for this week. Please let me know if you have enjoyed the article. You can also share your own stories in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and spread the positivity.