Love and companionship is most needed when one reaches the twilight years of one’s life. Unfortunately, there are many who lead a lonely life, be it due to the death of their spouse, divorce or separation. What’s worse is that their social life gets affected too.
Coming to the rescue of such people is Natubai Patel — a social worker from Ahmedabad, who was applauded in Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate for sparing a thought for this neglected section of the society and helping such people find companionship in the later years of their life. Chandigarh-based Harish Gulati, who was also interviewed on the show, wanting to work for the same cause has launched his non-profit organization, Vedvarsha Foundation, which will help people above the age of 50 find companionship.
Talking to HT City, Harish, president of Vedvarsha, says, “I am a divorcee and have personally passed through the phase when life seems redundant, without someone to come home to everyday. I have also seen my father go through this after my mother passed away. That’s when the idea of starting this NGO struck me and I decided to name the NGO after my parents’ names.”
Ved Varsha now has members who are single, divorced, widowed, separated and most importantly, above the age of 50. Says Harish, “The reputation and financial standing of each of the applicant who comes to us is thoroughly checked to ensure authenticity. We also provide legal advice at our NGO for such members, who fear any legal problems regarding their property and possessions. We also have an astrologer on boards, with whom we check on the compatibility of the two people, before they decide to cement their relationship.”
Harish, who was also inspired by the film, Munnabhai MBBS, before he thought about working on the issue, adds, “We check the divorce decree, death certificate, identity proofs and the janam patris before we decide to take up a case. We have a team of volunteers such as Ajay Kohli, who is handling astrology for us, Ankur Malik, who is handling the legal aspects and Dr Arun Tokhi, who takes care of medical problems. At the NGO, a membership ratio is also maintained.”
Sharing an interesting fact, Harish says, “Interestingly, around 70% of daughters want to get their fathers or mothers remarried, because girls are more sensitive; while only 30% of the boys agree to a match for their single parent, because they get tied up with property issues and fail to understand how lonely their parents get.”
As of now, the foundation has around 20 registered members. To contact the NGO, log onto www.vedvarshafoundation.org.