Marine Drive resident Raoul Nanavati bought an extra bottle of water after having lunch at Bandra restaurant The Yoga House on Friday. On his way home, he handed it to a worker repairing potholes.It was not something he would normally do, but a crane had told him to do it.
Friday and Saturday saw similar good deeds unfold across the city as an unusual initiative, called ‘A Crane A Day’, finally took flight after three months of planning.
Launched by former education consultants Ria Sakraney and Divya Dev, the community project saw anonymous Mumbaiites walk into designated spots, publicised mainly via Facebook and Instagram, to make 3,000 special origami cranes.
These were then distributed across 20 restaurants and cafés between south Mumbai and Bandra, to be handed out to patrons between June 21 and 23.
Each bird contained an exhortation for the recipient to perform a specific good deed, such as to forgive a grudge or send flowers to an aging relative.
The idea was to get busy Mumbaiites to stop and make time for a good deed, then pass on the crane so that others began performing them too.
“It’s nice to see people picking up cranes and sending us photos, and others just performing the good deed and passing it on,” says Sakraney, 25.
Nanavati said, “When I handed the municipal worker the bottle of water, he looked at me weirdly, so I said ‘It’s hot. Why don’t you have some water?’,” says the 25-year-old business developer. “The man then smiled and took the bottle.”